Type: Destroyer Escort
Launched: February 13, 1944
At: Tampa Shipbuilding, Tampa, Florida
Commissioned: May 1, 1944
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36 feet, 10 inches
Draft: 12 feet
Displacement: 1,440 tons
Armament: Three 3-inch/50 caliber guns, three twin 40 mm guns, nine twin 20 mm guns, 24-missile hedgehog, two depth charge racks, and eight K-guns
Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
Broadway and Quay Streets
Albany, NY 12202
Fax: (518) 432-1123
Open for Public Tours: April through November.
Latitude: 42.6425048529, Longitude: -73.7497288161
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USS Slater is the only floating destroyer escort on display in North America. Out of 563 DEs built during World War II, three survive as memorial ships.
USS Slater was initially assigned to convoy and for antisubmarine duties in the Atlantic. In May 1945, her torpedo tubes were removed and additional anti-aircraft weapons were added at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She was then assigned to the Pacific theater. She was decommissioned in 1946.
While in reserve, Slater was transferred in 1951 to the Hellenic Navy where she served with distinction for more than 40 years. Through the efforts of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, she was donated to that organization by the Greek government and was towed from Crete to New York City’s Intrepid Museum in 1993. In October 1997, Slater was moved to her permanent location in Albany, New York on the Hudson River. Volunteers are restoring the vessel to her 1945 configuration and have been for over twenty years. Their progress and dedication to historical accuracy is truly inspiring.
Slater hosts two live aboard work weeks per year, hosts overnights for organized groups, conducts guided tours, and presents oral presentations pertaining to destroyer escort history.