SS William B. Woods Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The SS William B. Woods, a Liberty ship built during World War II was named after William B. Woods, an Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, and Ohio General Assembly member. The ship was laid down on July 21, 1942, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1490) by J. A. Jones Construction, Brunswick, Georgia. The ship was sponsored by Mrs. Emil J. Kratt and after the launch on April 7, 1943, the ship was allocated to the A. H. Bull & Company, Inc. on May 31, 1943. Most of the sailors and shipbuilders associated with the liberty ship have been exposed to asbestos as a high amount of asbestos was used in the ship’s engine rooms, turbines, and boilers. Tragically, the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-952 near Palermo, Italy on March 10, 1944.

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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Shipmates on SS William B. Woods

Edwards Ames Clark

unknown age


Henry Dorsey Norman

unknown age