A Haskell-class attack transport built by Permanente Metals Corporation, the USS Sarasota was built during WWII. Asbestos could be found throughout the ship.
USS Sarasota (APA 204) (ex-MCV 552) – Navy Attack Transport
Classification: Attack Transport
Status: Disposed of in support of fleet training exercise
Launch Date: 6/14/1944
Commission Date: 8/16/1944
Decommission Date: 9/2/1955
USS Sarasota was on hand to help with rescue and first aid operations following the explosion of the USS Mount Hood. She transported troops to several different locations throughout the war, and offloaded troops that participated in the Invasion of Luzon and Okinawa. At the end of the war, she helped transport servicemen back to the United States. The USS Sarasota earned three battle stars for her service during World War II.
Transport ships were designed to ferry cargo between locations and to provide repair services to damaged vessels. These ships served a similar purpose as cargo ships and tankers. Unfortunately men on attack transports were exposed to asbestos while aboard these vessels. Asbestos was found in a number of areas on these ships, in particular the insulation that lined piping.
Anyone who served on an attack transport should speak with their doctor regarding asbestos related diseases, such as Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer, and the treatment options available.
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