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US Army Debris Vessel M/V Toro

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YSD-11 Class Seaplane Wrecking Derrick:
  • Built by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
  • Laid down, 04 September 1940
  • Launched, 12 December 1940
  • Completed as the steel-hulled Seaplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-12, 28 January 1941
  • Assigned to the 10th Naval District, operating in the Caribbean during World War II
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Army Corps of Engineers as debris boat Toro, September 1947
  • Operated in Mobile Engineer District, based at Mobile, AL
  • Sold to American Commercial Lines, Jeffersonville, IN, as towboat Toro (ON 561176), 1974
  • Foundered in New Orleans area, 20 March 1999
  • Final disposition, unknown
    Displacement 220 tons (lt) 270 tons (fl)
    Length 104' 0"
    Beam 31' 2"
    Draft 4' 0"
    Speed 10 knots
    one American Hoist & Derrick model 685 rotating crane
    boom 54 ft.
    lifting capacity 10 tons
    powered by a 6-cylinder Cummins Diesel
    Officers 1
    Enlisted 15
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 30Kw Diesel Generator set
    one 20Kw Diesel Generator set
    two Superior model MRDB-8 200 HP Diesel engines
    two propellers, 640shp

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    73k Keel laying of YSD-12 at Charleston Navy Yard, 04 September 1940; LT(jg) Benjamin G. Wade striking first arc.
    US Navy photo from Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Collections
    Dave Wright
    107k YSD-12 and YSD-13 ready for launching at Charleston Navy Yard, 12 December 1940.
    US Navy photo from Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum Collections
    Dave Wright

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