The SS Timothy Bloodworth was a Liberty ship built at Delta Shipbuilding Company of New Orleans, during World War II. She was named after Timothy James Bloodworth, an ardent patriot in the American Revolution, and a member of the Confederation Congress. The SS Timothy Bloodworth was laid down on 4 February 1943, under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched on 17 March 1943. The ship's engine was built by the Hamilton Engine Co. of Hamilton, Ohio, and propelled the freighter at speeds of up to 11 knots. Her boilers were oil-fired. Much of the asbestos exposure suffered aboard navy ships occurred in the boiler rooms and engineering spaces where the air was poorly ventilated, which facilitated the inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers. Machinist mates, electricians, firemen, boiler tenders, regularly worked in poorly ventilated spaces, being directly exposed to the hazardous mineral. Anyone who served on the SS Timothy Bloodworth should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, and the treatment options available.