USS Inca (IX-229) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Inca (IX-229) was a miscellaneous unclassified storage ship laid down on July 24, 1943, with the name SS Henry L. Abbott, Maritime Commission Type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2063) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation. The ship was launched on August 12, 1943, and delivered to the Maritime Commission on August 19, 1943. The ship got damaged at Okinawa in 1945 and the US Navy acquired the ship on July 30, 1945. Later, the acquisition was canceled as it was found unfit for service and returned to the Maritime Commission. Finally, on March 3, 1948, the ship was sold to Asia Development Corporation for scrapping. Asbestos was considered a miracle fiber until its serious health hazards came to light in the popular press in the early 1970s. The asbestos manufacturers not only failed to warn workers and their families and consumers of asbestos dangers but in many cases actively concealed them. Thousands of unsuspecting Navy veterans have been exposed to asbestos throughout the years. Most exposure comes from breathing asbestos fibers generated from the wearing down or disturbance of manufactured products such as insulation, ceiling panels, bedding, deck covers, and other equipment and materials.

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Shipmates on USS Inca (IX-229)