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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"
    Draft 23'
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 98
    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
    Taurus 146k 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
    Taurus 129k
    USS Taurus (AF-25)
    Taurus 144k
    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.
    Tommy Trampp
    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
    Darryl Baker and Robert Hurst
    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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