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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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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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 7 March 2014
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