USS Arcturus (AKA-1) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Arcturus was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship laid down on July 26, 1938 and launched on May 18, the next year with the hull number AKA-1. It was commissioned on October 26, 1940 under Comdr. Russell C. Bartman’s command and served in the US Navy for 6 years until it was decommissioned on April 3, 1946. It carried a complement of 267 men on board. During this period, the ship operated in North Africa, Salerno, southern France and Okinawa. It was struck from the Navy List on June 5, 1946. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Arcturus received 5 battle stars. 

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