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USS Taurus (AF-25)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Whiskey
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
Displacement 6,600 t.(fl)
Length 325' 3"
Beam 40' 4"
Speed 13 kts. (trial)
Cargo Capacity 1,800 DWT
refrigerated 96,600 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
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
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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| Merchant Service
United Fruit Lines
||The white hulled United Fruit Co. refrigerated freighters SS San Benito (left) and
SS Limon (right) moored at the United Fruit Co pier in New York City in 1937.
Photos from Life Magazine collections, used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
| John Chiquoine
| USS Taurus (AF-25)
Taurus (Latin for "the Bull") is one of the constellations of the zodiac, which means it is
crossed by the plane of the ecliptic. Taurus is a large and prominent constellation in the northern hemisphere's winter sky. It is one of the oldest constellations,
dating back to at least the Early Bronze Age when it marked the location of the Sun during the spring equinox. Its importance to the agricultural calendar influenced
various bull figures in the mythologies of Ancient Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Taurus as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c.1825.
NYMI # 7345-11-42
||USS Taurus (AF-25) underway in San Francisco Bay off Naval Station Treasure Island, CA., 30 November 1942 after
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
||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)
|01||LCDR. Collins, Edward Thomas||29 October 1942 - 11 December 1943|
|02||LCDR. Gallagher, John Murray||11 December 1943 - 9 April 1944|
|03||LCDR. 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
Last Updated 5 July 2019
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