SS Uriah M. Rose Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS Uriah M. Rose was a Liberty Ship built and used by the United States during World War II. It was named after the influential Arkansas lawyer Uriah Milton Rose. The ship was built by Permanente Metals Corporation at their No. 2 Yard in Richmond, California and launched in January 1944. Having survived the war, the vessel was sold to a private company in 1947 and scrapped in 1972. Asbestos was used by the U.S. military in hundreds of applications. The accessibility of this natural mineral paired with the low cost, heat and fire-resistant properties, ease, and versatility of application made asbestos an appealing product, and therefore, widely used in almost every Navy ship. The highest concentration of asbestos exposure and subsequent asbestos-related diagnoses across all of the military branches occurred in the Navy. Asbestos was used at scale in ships and across shipyards as a key component in over 300 different products that were constantly handled by military personnel of all ranks.

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