Also known as Calship, this shipyard built a whopping 467 Liberty and Victory ships during World War II. California Shipbuilding Corporation was created at Terminal Island in Los Angeles as part of the massive shipbuilding effort of World War II in America. While in 1940, Los Angeles shipyards had not built a large ship in over 20 years, by late 1941, shipbuilding had become the second largest industry in the area. Unfortunately, because shipbuilding at California Shipbuilding Corporation took place during the heyday of asbestos, everyone who worked there was heavily exposed to the toxic mineral. For instance, employees who had to cut and sand asbestos products would unavoidably inhale the asbestos dust that would cloud the surrounding air.