The USS Whitney (AD-4) was a Dobbin-class destroyer tender laid down on April 23, 1921, and launched on October 12, 1923. It was commissioned on September 2, 1924, with the hull number AD-4 and served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years until it was decommissioned on October 22, 1946. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 416 people on board. After decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold for scrapping to Dulien Ship Products in 1948.
In the early 1800s, asbestos began to be widely used by manufacturers because it was a cheap, flexible, and durable alternative to the products that were available on the market. Onboard Navy ships, steam and hot water pipes, boilers, and tanks in machinery space were insulated with an asbestos blanket or asbestos paper tape. If damaged, repaired, or removed improperly these materials may release fibers into the air.