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Felix Taussig (ID 2282)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - George - Rush - Cast


  • Built in 1917 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 29 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Felix Taussig (ID 2282), 31 August 1918
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1919 at Philadelphia, PA and returned to her owners, the Crowell and Thurlow Steamship Company of Philadelphia, the same day
  • She then returned to commercial service and continued to operate until after World War II. In 1948 the ship became the Italian flag freighter Ata and was scrapped in 1953.


  • Displacement 12,925 t.
  • Length 410' 6"
  • Beam 55' 1"
  • Draft 27' 6"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 4"/50 and one 3"/50 mount
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,200ihp verticle triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Felix Taussig
    Felix Taussig 87k Probably photographed upon completion of construction, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65093-A
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Felix Taussig (ID 2282)
    Felix Taussig 100k At anchor, dressed with flags and painted in pattern camouflage, circa 1918-1919.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102993
    Naval Historical Center
    Felix Taussig 349k Grand Dance given by the ship's Officers and Crew, 4 February 1919
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106650
    Robert Hurst
    SS Ata
    Felix Taussig 66k Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 105256
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles R. Calhoun, USN31 August 1918
    02LCDR Fred B. Balano, USNRF1919
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Felix Taussig (No. 2282), a cargo ship, was built in 1917 by Newport News Shipbuilding Co., acquired by the Navy 29 August 1918; and commissioned 31 August 1918, Lieutenant Commander C. R. Calhoun in command.

    Using Philadelphia as her departure port, Felix Taussig made two voyages to Brest, and one to Bordeaux and St. Nazaire, between 17 September 1918 and 1 April 1919. She carried provisions and general cargo for the Army outward bound, and returned in ballast, with some passengers on her last voyage. Decommissioned at Philadelphia 26 April 1919, Felix Taussig was returned to her owners the same day.

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