From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

David W. Taylor

David Watson Taylor, born 4 March 1864 in Louisa County, Va., entered the Naval Academy after graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1881. Appointed Naval Constructor 5 December 1891 he served in this post and as Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair during his 40 years of active service. Recognized as an international authority on naval architecture and marine engineering, Rear Admiral Taylor also aided in the development of the NC-type flying boat, the first aircraft to make a transatlantic flight. For his services during World War I he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and the French government made him a Commander of the Legion of Honor. Admiral Taylor retired 16 January 1923 and died in Washington, D.C., 28 July 1940.


A Maritime Commission cargo vessel (AP-128) was to be named Admiral David W. Taylor and acquired by the Navy, but the contract was canceled 16 December 1944.


Transcribed by Yves HUBERT