USS Sculptor (AK-103) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Sculptor (AK-103) was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class that was used during World War II by the US Navy for war operations in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. It was built in May 1943 as the Liberty Ship SS D. W. Harrington by California Shipbuilding Corporation at their Terminal Island shipyards in Los Angeles. It was commissioned in August 1943 with Lieutenant Commander George C. Bosson in command. Operated by the Naval Transportation Service under a MARCOM contract, the ship was responsible for supplying advanced bases in the Western Pacific. It was placed out of commission at Baltimore, Maryland in February 1946 and sold to a Greek private company. Renamed SS Dimosthenis Pantaleon, the vessel remained in service until 1969 when it was scrapped at Trieste, Italy. Drilling or cutting into the asbestos-containing material can disperse small fibers into the air which when inhaled, can cause significant health problems in later life. The small needle-sized fibers are much more easily taken into the lungs and can damage tissue quickly due to their sharpness. When these fibers are inhaled and cause irritation in the lungs, they can lead to several dangerous medical conditions; of these, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer are the most common.

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Shipmates on USS Sculptor (AK-103)

harry goldstein

frank register

joseph m. scaduto