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Taurus

 

A zodiacal constellation represented pictorially by a bull's forequarters.

 

(AF-25: dp. 6,600 (f.); 1. 325'3"; b. 40'4"; dr. 28'83/4"; s. 13.0 k. (tl.); cpl. 114; a. 1 4", 1 3")

 

II

 

(T-AK-273: dp. 9,950  (f.); 1. 475'; b. 72'; dr. 19'; s. 16 k. (tl.); cpl. 69)

 

The second Taurus (T-AK-273) was laid down as Fort Snelling (LSD-23) on 8 November 1944 at Chickasaw, Ala., by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. The end of World War II made her services unnecessary, and the Navy cancelled the contract for her acquisition. The unchristened hull changed hands twice before being completed in 1956 as the roll-on/roll-off ship SS Carib Queen for Trailer Marine Transport, Inc. In 1957, the ship received a Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) charter for transatlantic service. However, problems in her propulsion system caused delays and repairs which prevented her actually serving MSTS. In March 1958, after Trailer Marine Transport, Inc., had defaulted on her mortgage, the Maritime Administration took over the vessel. She was assigned to MSTS on 15 January 1959, renamed Taurus, and designated T-AK-273.

 

In May 1959, Taurus made her first cargo run, from New York to St. Nazaire. Over the next nine years, she continued to carry cargo for MSTS in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. On 1 January 1963, Taurus was re-designated LSV-8. During the mid-1960's, she carried cargo to ports in South Vietnam in support of the American effort to aid that Southeast Asian nation's struggle against communist aggression.

 

Never commissioned, Taurus went out of service at Yokosuka, Japan, in September 1968. She was transferred back to the Maritime Administration on 25 June 1969 and was sold on the same day to the Union Minerals and Alloy Corp., of New York City. Her name was struck from the Navy list almost two years later, on 22 June 1971.