USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23) was a Bowditch-class hydrographic survey ship laid down on May 05, 1944, as SS Joliet Victory under a Maritime Commission contract at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR. It was launched on June 14, 1944, the same year and was acquired by the US Navy on February 8, 1958. The ship was then converted to a Survey Ship and placed in service on December 15, 1958.  Asbestos exposure occurred aboard this ship as a result of extensive use of the heat-resistant mineral in its parts. Veterans who worked in poorly-ventilated spaces such as boiler rooms and engineering spaces were at high risk of asbestos exposure. The ship was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet and then finally sold for non-transportation use in September 1977.

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 USNS Michelson (T-AGS-23)

TIMOTHY JAMES CECIL

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EARL GEORGE ADAMS

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RICHARD JOSEPH NACHAZEL

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