The SS Victor Herbert was a Liberty ship built at J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida, during World War II. She was named after Victor Herbert, an American composer, cellist, and conductor of Irish ancestry and German training. The SS Victor Herbert was laid down on 30 June 1943, under a Maritime Commission contract, and launched on 22 August 1943. On 15 September 1943, the SS Victor Herbert was allocated to Marine Transport Lines, Inc. and transferred to France three years later. She was scrapped in 1963. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that releases dust and fibers which are invisible to the naked eye, allowing their inhalation into the lungs. After a latency period between 20 and 50 years, the fibers stuck into the lungs cause diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Some of the employees at risk within the US Navy are firemen, pipefitters, shipfitters, welders, damage control men, or hull technicians. The deadly mineral was more frequently used in shipyards and throughout the ship's interior, where U.S. Navy service members lived and worked together in confined spaces and unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers without being aware of any potential danger.