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USNS Taurus (T-LSV-8)
USNS Taurus (T-AK-273) (1959 - 1963)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Casa Grande Class Landing Ship Dock:
Laid down, 8 November 1944, as Fort Snelling (LSD-23) at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL.
Contract canceled, date unknown
Uncompleted hull purchased in October 1945 by Gulf Atlantic Transportation Co.
Sold, 22 December 1956 to TMT Trailer Ferry Inc. for conversion to a Roll-on Roll-off ferry for service between Florida and Cuba
Completed in 1956 as SS Carib Queen
Repossessed by the US Government, 4 March 1958 at Jacksonville, FL.
Laid up, 17 March 1958, in the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, at Wilmington, N.C.
Acquired by the US Navy, 15 January 1959, and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
Classified as a Cargo Ship and placed in service as USNS Taurus (T-AK-273)
Reclassified as a Landing Ship Vehicle (T-LSV-8), 1 January 1963
Placed out of service in September 1968 at Yokosuka Japan
Custody transferred to MARAD, 25 June 1969 for disposal
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 June 1969, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York NY., (PD-X-830 dated 1 May 1969) for $456,000.00. Withdrawn and delivered to Union Minerals &
Alloys Corp., 25 June 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1971
Displacement 9,950 t.(fl)
Speed 16 kts.
two Westinghouse steam turbines
two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
double Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship' Service Generators
twin propellers, 7,000shp
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|Fort Snelling (LSD-23)
||Fort Snelling (LSD-23) under construction at Gulf Ship Building Corp., Chickasaw, AL. yard, 21 August 1945. View of stern looking forward. Note typical naval stern gate and raised anti-aircraft gun and fire control tubs on both wing walls. Well deck, wing wall bulkheads, stern gate hydraulics and interior planking are incomplete. Photo Courtesy of State Archives of Florida
||Gulf Atlantic Transportation Company's passenger-auto ferry SS Carib Queen ready for a starboard launch at Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. shipyard at Chickasaw, AL., 25 July 1946. Photo Courtesy of State Archives of Florida.
||Stern view of SS Carib Queen ready to launch. 25 July 1946. Note typical LSD stern has been converted to a completely enclosed stern with doors. The shape of the prow has also been modified from original LSD design. The athwartship funnels still identify the vessel as a former Landing Ship, Dock. Photo Courtesy of State Archives of Florida
||SS Carib Queen trading card issued late fifties by John Wood & Son Tobacco. (This edition: 6th, ca. 1959/60). Drawing by G.J. Frans Naerebout.
|USNS Taurus (T-LSV-8)
||USNS Taurus (T-LSV-8) under way, date and location unknown.
USNS Taurus (T-LSV-8)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 8 January 2016
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