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USS Taurus (AF-25)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Whiskey
NBTW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Taurus Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1921 as SS San Benito at Workman Clark Co. Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 October 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Alameda, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Taurus (AF-25), 29 October 1942, LCDR. Edward T. Collins in command
  • During World War II, USS Taurus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 11 December 1945, at New Orleans, LA. and returned to the Maritime Commission for return to her owners
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, date unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,600 t.(fl)
    Length 325' 3"
    Beam 40' 4"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 98
    Cargo Capacity 1,800 DWT
    refrigerated 96,600 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament
    one single 4"/50 cal gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 5,550 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Thompson Houston Curtis design turbine
    three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers 200psi Sat
    three recip-drive 90Kw 110V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Taurus
    NYMI # 7345-11-42
    98k USS Taurus (AF-25) underway in San Francisco Bay off Naval Station Treasure Island, CA., 30 November 1942 after conversion.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7345-11-42, 11/30/42 (Darryl Baker), US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo #'s 19-N-38673, 19-N-38674 & 19-N-38671, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, (Robert Hurst) courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Darryl Baker and Robert Hurst
    Taurus
    19-N-38673
    89k
    Taurus
    19-N-38674
    95k
    Taurus
    19-N-38671
    133k
    Taurus 51k USS Taurus (AF-25) moored at Prince's Wharf Auckland, New Zealand in 1945. David Oates for his father LT. William S. Oates USS Taurus

    USS Taurus (AF-25)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Collins, Edward Thomas29 October 1942 - 11 December 1943
    02LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray11 December 1943 - 9 April 1944
    03LCDR. Drake, Arthur M.9 April 1944 - 11 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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