The USS Beagle (IX-112) was a Liberty tanker ship belonging to the Armadillo-class that was used by the US Navy for World War II operations. The ship was laid down under a MARCOM contract with the name of David Rittenhouse by California Shipbuilding Corporation in Terminal Island. It was launched in October 1943 and acquired by the Navy in November the same year. During its relatively short World War II service, the ship was responsible for delivering fuel to various island groups in the Pacific and it provided support in the invasion of Leyte in November 1944. The ship continued its supply missions shortly after the war in the Far East and then sailed for Norfolk, Virginia to be placed out of commission. Asbestos is a silicate mineral, mined from the earth in much the same way as any other mineral. The wide use of asbestos in the shipbuilding industry between World War II and the late-1970s is due to its affordability, tensile strength, heat resistance, and chemical damage resistance. If you think you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Beagle (IX-112), you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you are eligible to file an asbestos claim, it is best to consult an experienced attorney.