SS United Victory Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Built by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, the SS United Victory will start service with civilian contractor American President Lines in March 1944 under hull number 85. It participated in the battle of Okinawa from the 10th to the 19th of April 1945, where her crew will distinguish themselves by downing a Japanese kamikaze aircraft by using the deck gun. The ship was itself damaged on April 16th with some of the crew wounded. She will be purchased by London-based operator Furness Withy after the war and renamed Khedive Ismail, after 19th century Egyptian ruler Isma’il Pasha. Refitted as a cargo liner with a 78 people capacity, she made runs between Cairo and New York until 1961, when she was nationalized by the United Arab Maritime Company. Acquired by the Egyptian Navigation Company in 1974, she ended life some seven years after, scrapped at the Gadani ship-breaking yard.

In retrospect, outfitting her as a civilian transport might not have been the best idea, as asbestos was lining most major areas of the ship, including the passenger and crew sections. However, areas that saw the most asbestos use were the engine rooms and the boiler room.

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control Room
  • Pump Room
  • Propulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

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