The USS George (DE-276) was an Evarts-class destroyer escort laid down on May 20, 1943, and launched on July 8, the same year. It was transferred to the United Kingdom and served there for 4 years as HMS Goodson K480 until it was transferred back to the U.S. Navy on January 9, 1947. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 175 people on board. After the striking, the ship was sold for scrapping the same year to John Lee in Belfast. The shipbuilding industry has a long history of asbestos usage. The construction and repair work would take place in the shipyards, dockyards, or drydocks. The U.S. Navy veterans, maritime workers, and shipyard workers would construct, overhaul and repair large ships and commercial vessels. During this time the Navy personnel, maritime workers, and shipyard workers would be exposed to high levels of asbestos. Some of the asbestos-containing materials that were often found in the shipyard were boilers, insulation, turbines, pumps, gaskets, and cement.