The USS Shaula (AK-118) 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. Asbestos minerals are composed of durable fibers that are resistant to fire and many chemicals. Because of its durability, builders began incorporating asbestos into insulation and other construction materials between World War II and the late-1970s. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Shaula (AK-118), you might be at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, and you should make an appointment with your doctor.