The remains of the 10,500 ton troop ship SS President Taylor. Arrived 13 Feb 1942 with 1,124 officers and men to defend the island(<10 weeks after Pearl Harbor). A day later, while at anchor very close to the island due to a report of a Japanese sub, it was grounded hard onto the reef during a storm. The ships' Capt. tried to commit suicide rather then face court-martial. 1948 - One rumor was a barbecue got out of hand after a party on the ship set it ablaze. Mid-50s - salvage company striped the burned vessel for steel to its water line. Unable to float it for salvage, left the remains to the sea.
On February 14, 1942, the USS President Taylor ran up on a coral reef. The front anchor was ordered to be dropped but the anchor chain broke and only the rear anchor was in place. That night, a storm came up and pushed the ship further inland. Attempts were made to remove the ship, but failed. After WW2, the ship was sold in 1952 for scrap. In 1954, it was salvaged as you see here.
It was forbidden to dive on this wreak. But I think maybe some members of the dive club did.
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Photo taken in Kiribati
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