TAURUS, New York, NY – 1905 The "TAURUS" was a triple-decker sidewheeler steamboat built in 1881 at Philadelphia, PA. The "TAURUS" began deep sea fishing in 1904 and sailed from 'The Battery' at the southern tip of Manhattan. Her 234-foot iron hull had a beam of 32 feet and her sidewheels were 31 feet in diameter. At the time, she was one of several vessels in the "Iron Steamboat Co." fleet, but the only boat to offer daily deep sea fishing excursions.