The USS Grampus (SS-207) was a Tambor-class submarine. Her keel was laid down in 1940, when asbestos use was widely used as a building material, by the Electric Boat Company in Connecticut. The fate of the submarine was quite short, being decommissioned in 1943. The USS Grampus was sunk by Japanese destroyers in Blackett Strait. Due to the extremely long latency periods of many asbestos-related diseases, many manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products find themselves defending asbestos claims resulting from exposures that occurred as long as 50 years ago. Certain manufacturers have established trust funds to pay asbestos-related injury claims against them, in part to avoid large numbers of anticipated lawsuits. These funds are part of a bankruptcy procedure that allowed the manufacturers to reorganize their businesses and set aside money for asbestos-related claims. If one of these manufacturers has caused your injury, your lawyer likely will advise you to file a claim against one or more of the established asbestos trust funds.