WWII destroyer to transit New York's Hudson River
One of the most well-known ships of the Second World War, the USS Slater, the last U.S. Destroyer Escort afloat in America is expected to make a trip along the Hudson River in New York on Friday, August 21st.
The trip is a rare opportunity to see a historic ship traveling along the picturesque river.
There are less than a dozen surviving destroyer escorts, and the USS Slater is the only ship still in its World War II configuration.
Built in Tampa , Florida, starting in 1943, the USS Slater (DE766) is the last surviving Cannon class destroyer escort to serve in the United States Navy during World War II on display in the United States. It was one of 563 similar ships built between 1943 and 1945. The destroyer escorts were built to fulfill a critical role in the Allied anti-submarine campaign.
In July 2020, the USS Slater sailed south along the Hudson River to the Caddell Shipyard on Staten Island , New York for renovation work.
The return journey north along the Hudson is expected to begin at 10:30 a.m. Time on Friday, August 21st, which will last about 20 hours depending on the traffic on the channel.
After returning to Albany, the USS Slater will be reopened to the public as a museum ship. It is owned, preserved and run by the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, a private , non-profit, charitable organization that receives no regular government funding.
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