USNS Sgt. Archer T. Gammon (T-AK-243) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

Initially named after Yale University, the Sgt. Gammon is launched on January the 31st, 1945 as a Boulder Victory class cargo. Sponsored by Mrs. Richard W. Owens, she will serve with the Olympic Steaming Company carrying supplies during the war and then transferred to the army to assist occupation troops in the West Pacific. The ship is renamed “Sgt. Archer T. Gammon” in 1947 and some three years later transferred to the newly created Military Sea Transportation Service of the US Navy. During the Korea war she continues operating between San Francisco and the Far East, but in the early 1960s her home port becomes New York. Her name is struck in 1973 and she gets sold to a Taiwanese firm for scrapping, finally returning to the Pacific as bits.

Some bits of her, however, could have presented a serious danger to the men on board. We’re talking of course about the liberal quantities of asbestos used throughout her structure for fire and water proofing.

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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