The USS Glynn (APA-239) was a Haskell-class attack transport launched on August 25, 1945, and commissioned on October 17, 1945, under Comdr. Ben Koerner’s command, with the hull number APA-239 and it served in the US Navy for 10 years until it was decommissioned on September 9, 1955. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 536 people on board and had its main missions in San Diego, Norfolk, San Pedro, Guam, Saipan, Samar, San Francisco, Golden Gate, and Nova Scotia. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on July 1, 1960. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Heywood received 7 battle stars and was sold to Balboa Desguances Maritimos in Barcelona.
Sprayed-on asbestos surface coatings were commonly used on steel beams to protect them from fire and deterioration. Due to the friability of a ships’ environment, the disturbance of the protective coatings could emit asbestos fibers, contaminating the surrounding areas. Scrapping or overhauling ships can also pose a significant risk to those working on, or in close proximity to the ships.