The SS United States Victory was the fourth ship of its class to be completed under the Emergency Shipbuilding program of the US Maritime Commission, although her hull bore the number “3”. Serving in the Atlantic during WWII, she will be one of the 96 ships modified to extend its troop transport capacity for operation Magic Carpet. Previously, she took part in a prisoner exchange mission, taking German POWs to LaHavre and returning with American GIs picked up in Bremerhaven. She spent some time in dry dock in 1947 for engine repair, after which she was sold to an Indian operator and renamed SS Shipper. She continued to serve for some two decades, finally scrapped by a Republic of China firm in 1971.
As with any ship of the era, asbestos was heavily employed throughout her construction for heat and water shielding. All sailors who served on the United States Victory could have potentially inhaled a dangerous amount of the cancer-causing mineral, but pipe fitters and people working in the engine room, pump room, and damage control room were especially at risk.
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