The USS Egret (AMc-24) was a Bird-class 1 coastal minesweeper commissioned on June 10, 1941, that served in the U.S. Navy for 5 years until it was transferred to the Maritime Commission on June 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 17 men on board, and its main mission was to remove the mines located in the minefields in the water so that other ships could pass safely. It served in the 4th Naval District and it was reclassified as IX-181 on July 17, 1944. Famed for its insulation, heat resistance, and affordability, asbestos was one of the most widely used materials in the shipbuilding industry. Now, this mineral is scorned for its less illustrious links to asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other diseases that take decades to develop, are incurable, and have a poor prognosis.