USS Towner (AKA-77) Areas With Asbestos Exposure

High risk of asbestos exposure

  • Engine Rooms Engine Rooms
  • Damage Control RoomDamage Control Room
  • Pump RoomPump Room
  • Propulsion RoomPropulsion Room

Medium risk of asbestos exposure

  • Powder and Shot MagazinePowder and Shot Magazine
  • Ward RoomWard Room

Low risk of asbestos exposure

  • Junior Officers QuartersJunior Officers Quarters
  • Sick BaySick Bay
  • Mess DeckMess Deck
  • ReeferReefer
  • Pilot HousePilot House
  • Admiral's CabinAdmiral's Cabin
  • GalleyGalley


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USS Towner was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship laid down on April 8, 1944 and launched on June 13, the same year. It was commissioned on December 3, 1944 under Lt. Comdr. Robert P. Erdman’s command and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on June 10, 1946. It carried a complement of 395 men on board. During the World War II, the ship operated in Bayonne, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Manus, Hollandia or Manila. After the decommissioning, USS Towner was struck from the Navy List on June 19, 1946. Later, the ship was sold by the US Navy and was renamed SS Philippine Bear, SS Kaimana and SS Guam Bear. 

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