USS Shaula (AK-118) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

The USS Shaula was a cargo ship belonging to the Crater-class commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The vessel was laid down under a MARCOM contract under the name of SS James Screven by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company in Jacksonville, Florida. It was launched in November 1943, acquired by the Navy a month later and commissioned in May, next year. The ship started its war service carrying cargo to Pearl Harbor and then underwent conversion work to accommodate dry provisions transportation. The USS Shaula spent most of its wartime servicing units in the South Pacific and towards the end, the ship sailed to Japan with provisions for the ships in the area. After hostilities ended, the ship got damaged after being caught in several typhoons in the Philippines. The ship was struck from the Navy List and sold to Italy in July 1946. From that point until 1968, the ship was used as an emigrant carrier and a freighter until it was eventually scrapped at La Spezia.

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