The USS Cummings (DD-44) was a Cassin-class destroyer laid down on May 21, 1912, and launched on August 6, 1913. It was commissioned on September 19, 1913, under Lt. Comdr. A. Crenshaw’s command with the hull number DD-44 and served in the US Navy for 9 years until it was decommissioned on June 23, 1922. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 101 people on board and had its main missions in Boston, the Caribbean, New York, Queenstown, Brest, and Cuba. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 5, 1934, and sold for scrapping the same year.
Because of its heat resistance property, asbestos was widely used in the marine sector in its processed form. Asbestos could be found virtually everywhere on a ship from bow to stern, but typically it would be found in places like electrical cables, boiler cladding, pipes, the wall and ceiling panels and the fire insulation behind them, the concrete and tiling on the floor, firemen’s outfits.