The USS Altair (AK-257), a Greenville Victory-class cargo ship was laid down as SS Aberdeen Victory on April 20, 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland OR. With a complement of 250 men, most of the asbestos exposure aboard this ship occurred in engineering spaces and boiler rooms. The ship was launched on May 30, 1944, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. The ship was acquired by the U.S. Navy on July 07, 1951, and was commissioned as USS Altair (AK-257) under CDR. George J. Largess' command on January 31, 1952 and served the Navy for one year until it was decommissioned on January 5, 1953, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for conversion to a General Stores Issue Ship. The ship was recommissioned as USS Altair (AKS-32) on December 15, 1953 and was finally decommissioned in 1969 and struck from the Naval Register on June 1, 1973, and was sold for scrapping on January 31, 1975.