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  • SlaterDoc
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    SOS A click of your mouse can help a bunch of "Old Salts"!

    One major difference between the USS Slater, DE-766 and other historical ships is that she no longer is owned by the Navy. She belongs to you (Navy veterans) and to history! She receives no government funding. Yet, she is one of the best and most completely restored ships in the country. She is a tribute to the sweat, elbow grease and dedication of the Navy vets that crew her! She is a proud memorial to all who served on her decks and those that sacrificed for our freedom.

    Her success has been possible by the small contributions and tours that fund her continuing to be a "living" museum. Since every little bit counts (a sailor can do a lot with $5,000), you can help contribute by just voting for her in a local funding program. The Albany, NY newspaper has a program that annually awards money to worthy causes. The USS Slater has made it the final round this year.

    All you need to do is visit the link and vote! Since she is scheduled to head to the shipyard for hull repairs next week. She can use all the funding that can be found!
    http://blog.timesunion.com/giving/fi...romotion/2053/

    So, help your shipmates keep chipping and painting and VOTE!

    You would also be helping bring her one step closer to "haze gray and underway again! OK, maybe not Haze Gray! But, how aboute Measure 32?
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    hi from fan

    at now I'm your fan )

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  • SlaterDoc
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    Originally posted by RedDagger18 View Post
    Hello,
    Congratulations on getting the designation as a National Historic Landmark. And welcome back across the river from winter anchorage and dockage in time for the coming tourist season at the Port of Albany beneath the Dunn Memorial bridge. May your coming year enhance your legend.

    One of these days, I want to come visit. Am embarrased to say have been in the area since 1995 and haven't made the trip.

    RedDagger18
    Let me know on here when you plan to visit! We'll see if we can arrange an exclusive tour that goes beyond the usual sights and right down into the heart of the ship!

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  • SlaterDoc
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    It is a milestone! But, we're not stopping there!
    She is planned to be in dry dock next Winter for hull maintenance.
    But, when she comes out those screws should be turning again!
    Then she will be a truly "living" memorial to all the service and sacrifice of that generation!

    The small tug was hidden behind the stern during the move. The sound of her engines and the bow cutting through the water made it seem she was under her own power already! It was an early (0530) and cold morning. But, what a trip!
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    If you look closely at the stern, you will see what I call "the little tug that could!"
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  • RedDagger18
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    USS Slater on the Hudson River at Albany

    Originally posted by SlaterDoc View Post
    On Monday afternoon, March 5th with the signature of the Secretary of the Interior the USS Slater became a "National Historic Landmark"!

    Hello,
    Congratulations on getting the designation as a National Historic Landmark. And welcome back across the river from winter anchorage and dockage in time for the coming tourist season at the Port of Albany beneath the Dunn Memorial bridge. May your coming year enhance your legend.

    One of these days, I want to come visit. Am embarrased to say have been in the area since 1995 and haven't made the trip.

    RedDagger18

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  • SlaterDoc
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    A long time coming, but finally!

    On Monday afternoon, March 5th with the signature of the Secretary of the Interior the USS Slater became a "National Historic Landmark"!

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  • Matt Jones
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    No I wasn't...will DEFINITELY check that out, thanks!

    -Matt

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  • SlaterDoc
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    Originally posted by Matt Jones View Post
    SAWEET! Thanks for posting!

    -Matt
    Are you aware of this week's "Sons of Guns" on the Discovery Channel(Wed 9PM)? They have rigged up some of the guns on the USS Kidd with gas and stage an aerial attack!

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  • Matt Jones
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    SAWEET! Thanks for posting!

    -Matt

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  • SlaterDoc
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    For those who can't visit the ship, we bring her to you!

    As a part of the online tour of the Slater we have a number of panoramic shots that allow the visitor to scan and zoom as though you were actually on board! Some of these have seen more restoration and will be updated soon.
    So sit back, grab your mouse and watch your head!
    We'll start in the superstructure:
    Flying Bridge
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Bridge
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    CIC
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Captain's Cabin
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Radio Shack
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Officer's country
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Ward Room
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    Galley
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/decks/...panoramic.html

    We'll continue the tour once everyone catches up and climbs down the ladder to the next level. Please watch your footing and your heads!

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  • Matt Jones
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    I remember restoration work was going on when I visited Stewart in Galveston.

    And I agree it's sad so many famous ships have gone to the scrapyard instead of getting preserved like they should have been. We should be able to go to Pearl Harbor and see all the BBs that were there that fateful morning anchored in their original positions, and Enterprise should be sitting in San Francisco (or wherever else might be fitting for her). For Enterprise's demise, we have no one to thank but the idiots then in charge of our government who didn't step in and save her. (One would think they'd have listened to a campaign supported by FADM Halsey himself, but nooo...)

    -Matt

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  • SlaterDoc
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    Originally posted by strathnaver View Post
    Well thats several DEs preserved in USA. In Canada we have the only surviving Tribal clas DD HMCS HAIDA at Hamilton ON and Flower class corvette HMCS SACKVILLE at the Museum of the Atlantic Halifax NS. In fact to my knowledge these are the only members of their classes to exist anywhere.
    I am not so sure you could call the Stewart "preserved"! The Slater is actually more than preserved, she's restored as a living museum. So, I would call that 1 and a half in the US!
    For the smaller class of ships like the Haida, the Sackville and the Slater there is a better choice than 'static' displays! I am convinced it would be far better for these ships to be able to move under their own power and bring their history to the populous in different ports instead of waiting for the tourists to come to them. They would be kept more viable and more financially stable. As an example, there is the LST-325 in Indiana. She has been restored and it taken to ports along the river. The lines and the $$ are what we all should strive for! This is what's possible!
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  • strathnaver
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    Well thats several DEs preserved in USA. In Canada we have the only surviving Tribal clas DD HMCS HAIDA at Hamilton ON and Flower class corvette HMCS SACKVILLE at the Museum of the Atlantic Halifax NS. In fact to my knowledge these are the only members of their classes to exist anywhere.

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  • SlaterDoc
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    Originally posted by Matt Jones View Post
    I'd LOVE to cruise on her...there's only one other DE preserved in the world, and I toured her in Galveston. Very interesting vessel...glad to see one's being restored to tip-top shape!

    -Matt
    Actually Matt, there are a couple others! The former USS McCann(DE-179) is a museum in Rio in Brazil. We gave her to them during WW2. The former USS Atherton (DE-169), believe it or not is still in service in the Philippines as the Rajah-Humabond-11! She will be retired shortly.
    The case of the USS Stewart is TX is a sad one. They are trying to restore her in order not to lose her. After the hurricane, the Navy was determining if she could be floated again and removed. Since she had been neglected and vandalized, it wasn't clear they would keep her. Let's hope they pull things together. It looks like they are! When you realize there were so many DE's built (563 during WW2), it is a shame we have so few left to memorialize their contribution!

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  • Matt Jones
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    I'd LOVE to cruise on her...there's only one other DE preserved in the world, and I toured her in Galveston. Very interesting vessel...glad to see one's being restored to tip-top shape!

    -Matt

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