USS Arkab (AK-130) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Arkab (AK-130) was a Crater-class cargo ship built during World War II. The ship was laid down as SS Warren Stone, under a Maritime Commission contract at New Orleans, Louisiana, by the Delta Shipbuilding Co. She was placed in commission on 20 February 1957, with LCDR. Glen G. Heller USN in command. On 2 January 1946, the USS Arkab (AK-130) turned over to the War Shipping Administration for disposal, placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, and laid up in the James River berthing area. She was sold on 21 September 1971 to N. V. Intershitra, of Rotterdam, Netherlands, for scrapping.

For many decades, the shipbuilding industry utilized asbestos to prevent fires and excessive heat on board navy ships. The asbestos exposure took place due to the fact that the rooms where navy personnel was working were extremely poor ventilated, so the dust and fibers emanating from the asbestos-containing equipment could easily be inhaled. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers lodge themselves within the lungs, heart or the abdomen irritating them constantly favoring the developing of cancer.

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 USS Arkab (AK-130)

FIRMAN FILLMORE KNACHEL

85 years old

Dead

LLOYD THORVALD OHME

94 years old

Alive

HARRY W. WATSON

unknown age

Dead

LOUIS FRANK EAGLEHOUSE

92 years old

Dead