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USNS Taurus (T-LSV 8).
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Class: TAURUS (LSV 8, ex LSD)
Design: Civilian conversion of Navy LSD 23
Displacement (tons): 10,060
Dimensions (feet): 475.4' x 72' x 18.75'
Armament: none
Accommodations: 16 officers, 45 unlicensed
Speed (kts.): 15.2
Propulsion (HP): 6,100 (9,000 as LSD)
Machinery: 2 geared turbines, 2 boilers (435psi/740deg), 2 screws

Construction:
LSVNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
8TAURUS15 Jan 1959Gulf, Chickasaw8 Nov 1944Aug 194615 Jan 1959

Disposition:
LSVNameTInact/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
8TAURUSTSep 196822 Jun 197125 Jun 1969MA/S--

Class Notes:
Ordered as LSD 23 from the New York Navy Yard on 21 Sep 1943, cancelled 15 Nov 1943, order reinstated 15 Jan 1944, and finally reassigned to Gulf, Chickasaw 15 May 1944. Cancelled as LSD 17 Aug 1945. Completed as trailer ferry 22 Dec 1956 by Merrill Stevens, Jacksonville, Fla. The Westhinghouse turbines and Combustion Engineering boilers were installed in 1945. On 4 February 1957 CARIB QUEEN, operated by T.M.T. Trailer Ferry, Inc., arrived at St. Nazaire from New York loaded with trucks and trailers carrying US military equipment. This was a break from her usual service as a trailership between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bugs in her propulsion led to costly delays and repairs and finally to bankruptcy. Repossessed by US Gov't Feb 1958 at Jacksonville. Purchased by MA at public auction and to the Wilmington NC reserve fleet 17 Mar 1958. On 24 October 1958 Commander MSTS noted to CNO that continued and increasing requirements placed upon MSTS by the Army for the ocean transportation of wheeled vehicles emphasized the need for additional Ro/Ro capability under MSTS control. Specifically the Army had requested the early acquisition and employment of CARIB QUEEN on an integrated schedule with USNS COMET transporting loaded trailers between the US Atlantic Coast and the West Coast of France. The Army had authorized procurement of 300 van trailers which would ensure the full and economical utilization of both ships. On 19 November 1958 MSTS began to refer to the ship as T-AK 273 USNS TAURUS. On 10 December 1958 the Commerce Department, noting that attempts to find another commercial operator for the ship had been unsuccessful, agreed to her transfer to the Navy. To MSTS custody from MA 15 Jan 1959. Repairs to machinery and equipment were completed in May 1959 by the Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co., Georgia.

In 1962 MSTS first planned the use of the ship to transport Saturn launch vehicle states for NASA, and in May 1966 she was released for conversion. She was later used to support Army forces in Vietnam. She ended up in Yokosuka, Japan where all MSTS personnel departed the ship on 11 September 1968 with the ship slated for scrapping.

Ship Notes:
LSVNameMANotes
8TAURUS(ex TMT CARIB QUEEN,ex FORT SNELLING, LSD 23). On 26 April 1963 effective 1 June 1963 TAURUS (T-AK 273) was reclassified to T-LSV 8. On 25 September 1968 effective 1 January 1969 TAURUS (T-LSV 8) was reclassified to T-AKR 8. Apollo modification 1966-67. To MA 25 Jun 1969 at Yokosuka and sold same date to Union Minerals & Alloys, resold by them for further operation. [sale date in Maroon is 4 Jun 1969] Purchased by Reading & Bates Exploration Co. 24 May 1972. Converted to drilling ship DOUGLAS CARVER 1974-75. Renamed INCO 109 in 1988, BU at Alang 1989.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 13 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, Miramar