>>> U.S.S. Slater – Destroyer Escort

I’ve long enjoyed touring various ships that have been retired and put on display. I ran across the link to the U.S.S. Slater today… looks interesting. Being privately owned by a non-profit organization, they have used volunteer labor (retired Navy personnel and other interested folks) to restore and renovate the only WWII destroyer escort still afloat.

The Slater is a Cannon Class Destroyer Escort. Of the 565 destroyer escorts produced in World War II, USS SLATER (DE-766) is the only one remaining afloat in the United States, and the only one with original battle armament and configuration. These trim but deadly warships had the duty of looking out for enemy submarines and kamikazes as they escorted ship convoys across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Visitors have a chance to see what life was like for the sailors who manned these vessels when they come aboard this Cannon Class destroyer escort in Albany, N.Y.