Harrison Brothers Shipyard has been operating on the east side of the Mobile River downtown since 1895, making it the region's and arguably the country's oldest family-owned and run shipyard. Shipbuilding in the United States saw a resurgence during and after World War II. Shipyards were necessary in order to manufacture the large number of ships required for the war effort. At the time, asbestos was the most well-known fire-prevention substance on the market. Did you or a family member work at Harrison Brothers Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama? If so, you should be informed that asbestos was present at that facility for some time, placing workers and anybody else who visited the Birmingham location on a regular basis at a greater risk for certain diseases.