The USS Stewart (DD-13) was a Bainbridge-class destroyer laid down on January 24, 1900, and launched on May 10, 1902. It was commissioned on December 1, 1902, under Lt. Frederick A. Traut’s command with the hull number DD-13 and served in the U.S. Navy for 17 years until it was decommissioned on July 9, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 75 men on board and had its main missions in the Panama Canal Zone, Bermuda, Quiberon Bay, and the Azores. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920, the ship was sold for scrapping. Asbestos is composed of tiny microscopic particles that can easily release into the air. Asbestos fibers do not decompose – once someone breathes them in, they become trapped in the lungs where they develop scarring and significant health concerns with time. When working with asbestos, certain activities such as cutting, sawing, sanding, breaking, and grinding asbestos-containing materials release fibers into the air.