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From: "Ted Finch" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] USS Gen Taylor - 1950 - Germany > NY
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 10:47:59 -0000


Clare,

I can't help with passengers, but here are details of the ship -

GENERAL HARRY TAYLOR

This was a 10,654 gross ton ship, length 523ft x beam 71.2ft, one
funnel
(engines aft), two masts, single screw and a speed of 17 knots. There
was
accommodation for up to 3,000 troops.
Built by Kaiser's, Richmond, Cal. she was launched on 10th Oct.1943.
Commissioned on 8th May 1944 as AP 145, she started her maiden voyage
on
23rd June when she left San Francisco for Milne Bay. In 1946 she was
transferred to the US Army and rebuilt to 12,544 gross tons. From 1949
onward she made 30 voyages between Germany and the USA with displaced
persons and on 1st Mar.1950 was returned to the US Navy for the
Military Sea
Transportation Service. Laid up at Beaumont, Tex. on 10th Jul.1958 by
the
Maritime Administration and in 1962/63 was rebuilt as a satellite
tracking
ship by the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Commissioned by the US Air Force at
Baltimore as the GENERAL HOYT S. VANDENBERG on 18th Jul.1963 and
handed over
to the US Navy in Jul.1964. She was still in service in 1986 but I
have no
info after this date. [Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold
Kludas,
vol.4,p.98; vol.6,p.172]

There is an excellent photo of this ship in "Great Passenger Ships of
the
World", volume 4 by Arnold Kludas, ISBN 0-85059-253-4

You can find more details at the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
listed under Auxiliaries at -
http://www.hazegray.org/ where it is unfortunately listed as GENERAL
HARRY TURNER.

regards
Ted


----- Original Message -----
From: Clare Szilagyi <>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 3:02 AM
Subject: [TSL] USS Gen Taylor - 1950 - Germany > NY


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> Hi,
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> I'm looking for the passenger list, the destination port, and
general information for the USS General Taylor which brought European
refugees/DPs from Germany (Bremen or Hamburg?) to NY in July 1950.
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> I came over with my parents, Kornel and Klara Kovats and am trying
to find out whether we landed on Ellis Island and if not, then where?
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> Thanks,
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> Clare
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> Clare Szilagyi
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