In 1870, the Bludworth family settled on the island with the same name near Rockport, Texas. Shortly after, they started a shipbuilding business specializing in repair and operational maritime business. After 1984, Bludworth Bond Shipyard has expanded to numerous locations in Texas. If you worked at this shipyard before the 1980s, you are at high risk of developing a serious disease as a result of asbestos exposure. The shipbuilding industry was one of the major businesses that made use of tremendous amounts of asbestos, as the mineral was crucial for insulation and gaskets, packing, and tape. Another way employees would come in contact with asbestos was by loading and unloading materials containing asbestos from receiving facilities onto the ships.