USS Slater

USS Slater As the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, the USS SLATER offers one hour tours of the ship. Located in downtown Albany, New York on the Hudson River.
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Operating as usual

It was all hands on deck to get the ship ready to open to the public. We are open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM, as ...
09/01/2020

It was all hands on deck to get the ship ready to open to the public. We are open Wednesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM, as well as the Monday holidays, through Thanksgiving weekend.

It's launch day! Shanna Schuster our Program Manager, took the time the ship was in the yard and used it to update our w...
08/31/2020

It's launch day! Shanna Schuster our Program Manager, took the time the ship was in the yard and used it to update our website. The new site is revamped with new photos, a recap of our drydock adventure, and functioning Ship's Store. Sign up for a membership or donate through Paypal right through the site. Learn more history and information about the ship than you'll ever remember! Check it out at https://ussslater.org/

Seventy-five years ago today USS WILLIAM J. PATTISON arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base to support Marines who were occupyin...
08/31/2020

Seventy-five years ago today USS WILLIAM J. PATTISON arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base to support Marines who were occupying the facility. She landed her UDT unit to carry out an inspection of the base's harbor facilities. The ship honored William Joseph Pattison, who was born on 15 January 1921 at Long Island City, N.Y. He enlisted in the Navy on 23 August 1939 at Indianapolis, By the beginning of 1943, he had reached the rank of signalman 3d class and was serving in EBERLE (DD-430) in the South Atlantic.

On 10 March 1943, his ship encountered a German blockade runner. EBERLE was ordered to board her. Pattison was one of the 14 men chosen from EBERLE's complement to board the blockade runner, before her crew could scuttle her. Pattison performed his salvage duties: primarily maintaining contact with EBERLE while his colleagues searched for demolition charges. Pattison was killed by the explosion of one of the German demolition charges and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, for his devotion to duty.

His namesake USS WILLIAM J. PATTISON (DE-594) was laid down on 4 January 1944 at Hingham, Massachusetts, as a RUDDEROW class destroyer escort, by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co. She was launched on 15 February 1944 and sponsored by Miss Sally McKillop. She was reclassified to become a high-speed transport and redesignated APD-104 on 17 July 1944. She was commissioned at Boston on 27 February 1945, with Lcdr. Leslie W. Bennett, USNR, in command.

Following shakedown training out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and amphibious training at Hampton Roads, she conducted post-shakedown repairs at the Portsmouth Navy Yard between 20 and 27 April. She departed Portsmouth, bound for New York. There she rendezvoused with GENERAL WILLIAM WEIGEL (AP-119), and the two ships got underway on 1 May and headed for the San Diego. WILLIAM J. PATTISON was diverted en route in order to provide emergency medical treatment to an appendicitis victim on board a Liberty ship, and she did not reach San Diego until 22 May. The warship put to sea on the 24th in company with BEGOR (APD-127) and CAVALLARO (APD-128). The three high-speed transports arrived in Pearl Harbor on 30 May, and spent the next two weeks in amphibious and underwater demolition team (UDT) training, mostly at Maui.

On 13 June, she embarked 10 officers and 50 enlisted men and got underway for the Marshalls, in company with CAVALLARO and SS CAPE MEARES. The three ships entered the lagoon at Eniwetok on 21 June. Two days later she got underway again with a convoy bound for Ulithi Atoll. She remained at Ulithi from 26 June to 1 July, when she began the two-day voyage to Leyte. After eight days at that island in the Philippines, she headed back to Ulithi on the 12th. In late July and early August, the warship made two voyages from Ulithi to Okinawa. Though both visits were somewhat enlivened by air raid alerts, WILLIAM J. PATTISON saw no action. The end of hostilities found the ship on her way from Okinawa to the Marianas. She arrived at Guam on 17 August and embarked UDT 18. On 20 August, she sailed in company with BEGOR and a group of LST's to join the 3d Fleet off Japan.

She arrived in Tokyo Bay late in the afternoon of 27 August to begin her part in the postwar occupation of Japan. On the 30th, she supported the Marines who occupied Yokosuka Naval Base, and her UDT unit carried out an inspection of the base's harbor facilities. Later, she participated in the demilitarization of captured Japanese warships. For the next month, WILLIAM J. PATTISON steamed among various Japanese bases located throughout the Home Islands, reconnoitering to prepare for their occupation by Marine Corps, Army, and Navy men. She also helped with further demilitarization projects.

On 30 September, the ship got underway on the first leg of her journey home. After stops at Guam, Eniwetok, and Pearl Harbor, the warship arrived back in San Diego on 22 October 1945.

WILLIAM J. PATTISON remained active with the Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, into 1946. Early in that year, she moved to Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she was placed out of commission sometime in March. She remained in reserve there until 1 June 1960, when her name was struck from the Navy list. On 18 January 1962, she was sold to the First Steel & Ship Corp., of New York City, for scrapping.

The USS SLATER is back from the shipyard and is reopening for visitors, with Covid-19 precautions in place. For those of...
08/30/2020

The USS SLATER is back from the shipyard and is reopening for visitors, with Covid-19 precautions in place.

For those of you who are new to the project, we'd like to give you a little background. We’ve had a few negative comments about the use of "taxpayer funding." The fact is that, except for a few local grants, 95% of the $400,000 a year it takes to operate the Museum comes from admissions and donations. In 1993, the Veterans of the Destroyer Escort Association found the USS SLATER in Greece. She had been sold to the Greek Navy in 1951, and was awaiting scrapping.

The Greek Government agreed to donate the ship to the veterans and prepare it for tow, at no cost. The Veterans raised $300,000 to have the ship towed back from Greece, and she arrived in New York in 1993. Volunteers began to restore her, and have continued the work ever since. She is now considered one of the finest examples of Maritime Preservation in the country. That’s thanks to our volunteers, who give an average of 15,000 hours a year.

Throughout the history of the project, we have been self-supporting. Half of our income comes from operations, and half from donations from our 2,500 nationwide donor base. All donors received our quarterly print newsletter, "Trim But Deadly," which features historical photos, articles, restoration updates, and donor acknowledgements. A sample edition can be found here:https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f0eedcc6d27416d718eca4f/t/5f316a9fc27ca8622aab851f/1597074227379/Trim+But+Deadly+vol.26.2.pdf The shipyard work and tow will cost $800,000. The 2017 Maritime Heritage Grant matching grant was the first federal funding we have received. It will cover $200,000 of this work. The remainder continues to come from donations.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly reduced admissions as a source of revenue. For now, we are more totally dependent upon donations than ever. So if you are impressed with what you see here, and what the volunteers have accomplished, you can click the donate button at the bottom of our homepage, at www.ussslater.org or print out a donor form, and send a check here: https://www.ussslater.org/Support/donate.php To USS SLATER, PO Box 1926, Albany NY 12201-1926.

We thank all of you for your enthusiasm and support. To all our new friends, welcome aboard.

Saturday, 29 August 2020. The whole gang is back together, as we work to get the ship ready to open on Wednesday. Left o...
08/29/2020

Saturday, 29 August 2020. The whole gang is back together, as we work to get the ship ready to open on Wednesday. Left over pizza and Blair's pulled pork for chow.

We're back. Photo by Glenn Raymo.
08/28/2020

We're back. Photo by Glenn Raymo.

Thanks to Doug Tanner and his contacts at Mullins Crane Service for helping us place our gangways today, despite the rai...
08/27/2020

Thanks to Doug Tanner and his contacts at Mullins Crane Service for helping us place our gangways today, despite the rain. This was the most important step before we would be able to open to the public, which is happening next Wednesday (9/2) at 10 AM.

We're home!
08/26/2020

We're home!

We would like to apologize for the craziness of our time change. We have travelled much faster then anticipated and are ...
08/26/2020

We would like to apologize for the craziness of our time change. We have travelled much faster then anticipated and are now 12.7 miles away from Albany or an hour and twenty minutes. We hope to be around the Henry Hudson Park which is north of Castleton-on-the-Hudson at 0915 and at Albany around 1000.

We have what we think will be the final times of check points. We just went under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge about 10 min...
08/26/2020

We have what we think will be the final times of check points. We just went under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge about 10 minutes ago. These are subject to change and again, give yourself 15 minutes beforehand in case they are early. Thanks for everyone who has supported us along the way

USS SLATER CHECK POINTS

Hudson 0730
North end Athens- Coxsackie 0745
Castleton-on-the-Hudson - 0930
Albany 1100

As we approach sunrise from the Kingston area, we have some updated times. Due the tides, our times fluctuated quite a b...
08/26/2020

As we approach sunrise from the Kingston area, we have some updated times. Due the tides, our times fluctuated quite a bit yesterday so give yourself some time to get there early, at least 15 minutes. You can also track our tugs SARAH D. and MARGOT. They are NYS Marine Tugs and can be followed on the marine tracking website. We will keep updating as soon as we know.

TIMES
Saugerties 0545-0600
Rip Van Winkle Bridge 0700-0730
Hudson 0730-0800

It seems that our morning update is happening much earlier then expected. It is 0146 and when Jo Ann relieved Tim from B...
08/26/2020

It seems that our morning update is happening much earlier then expected. It is 0146 and when Jo Ann relieved Tim from Bridge watch at 0100 he said that we had been stopped for an hour. We have been stopped since around the Hyde Park area. We are getting a new tug pilot around 0400 and believe we will start moving soon after that. Stay tuned. In the meantime check out what the 0100-0300 watch crew is up to.

It seems that every plan we have had in these past couple weeks keeps changing! We got word from the Pilot of the tugs t...
08/26/2020

It seems that every plan we have had in these past couple weeks keeps changing! We got word from the Pilot of the tugs that we are nonstop from our current location to Albany. Arrival time in Albany is 1000 AM tomorrow. We will update in the morning. Thanks again to everyone that has supported us.

Walkway Over the Hudson 11/11:30

West Point is in sight!
08/25/2020

West Point is in sight!

New times! We have fallen behind a bit as the tides changed so here are our updated times as well as some pictures of wh...
08/25/2020

New times! We have fallen behind a bit as the tides changed so here are our updated times as well as some pictures of what was going on today!

UPDATED
Bear Mountain 1900-1930
Newburgh-Beacon 2045-2115
Walkway Over the Hudson 2230-2330

USS Slater's cover photo
08/25/2020

USS Slater's cover photo

USS Slater's cover photo
08/25/2020

USS Slater's cover photo

08/25/2020

We are moving fast and again are moving up our schedule. We are traveling at about 8 knots. We could continue to be earlier then these times so get there early! We are experiencing rain right now as well.

Tappan Zee Bridge - 1700
Bear Mountain - 1830
Newburgh - Beacon 1945

UPDATE! New time estimates: George Washington Bridge, 1600Cuomo (Tappanzee) Bridge: 1730Bear Mountain: 1930
08/25/2020

UPDATE! New time estimates: George Washington Bridge, 1600
Cuomo (Tappanzee) Bridge: 1730
Bear Mountain: 1930

The tugs are here and we are about to be flooded. SLATER will sit on the blocks for a while to make sure everything is g...
08/25/2020

The tugs are here and we are about to be flooded. SLATER will sit on the blocks for a while to make sure everything is good before we leave. Right now, we estimate a departure time of 1400 and have arrival times up until the Tappan Zee Bridge. We will keep everyone posted as we go along. The tugs plan to stop in the night so they are not traveling in the dark and we will let you know when and where as soon as we know.

USS SLATER SCHEDULE
Leaving Caddell’s - 1400
Battery - 1500
George Washington Bridge - 1630
Tappan Zee Bridge - 1845

Again, we will keep you updated as much as possible. For those of you using the maritime tracking website, the tugs will NYS Marine Highway's SARAH D. and MARGOT. We may have spotty to no service on the trip. We hope you come see us.

USS SLATER to depart Caddell Dry Dock on Staten Island at 1400 tomorrow, to arrive in Albany at 1000 Wednesday morning. ...
08/25/2020

USS SLATER to depart Caddell Dry Dock on Staten Island at 1400 tomorrow, to arrive in Albany at 1000 Wednesday morning. For those of you using the maritime tracking website, the tugs will NYS Marine Highway's SARAH D. and MARGOT.

As the pilots prefer not to transit the upper Hudson in the dark, we will be marking time after dusk. Once we do our initial posting on our departure, we would encourage our followers to use the comments section to post updates as to our location to assist folks upriver about anticipated arrival times. Keep your fingers crossed, that this departure may go smoother than the last.

We thank all our donors and supporters for your help over the past six weeks in making this dry docking possible.

USS Slater's cover photo
08/24/2020

USS Slater's cover photo

USS Slater's cover photo
08/24/2020

USS Slater's cover photo

We had no internet tonight. Talk to you tomorrow.
08/24/2020

We had no internet tonight. Talk to you tomorrow.

Saturday, 22 August 2020. We sent half the crew home while we await developments. The doubler was completed today. Sched...
08/23/2020

Saturday, 22 August 2020. We sent half the crew home while we await developments. The doubler was completed today. Scheduled departure is now Tuesday afternoon, to arrive in Albany Wednesday morning. If nothing else goes wrong. Did somebody say, "Hurricanes?"

Waiting for the hull repairs. Photo by Timothy Kearns.
08/22/2020

Waiting for the hull repairs. Photo by Timothy Kearns.

USS Slater's cover photo
08/22/2020

USS Slater's cover photo

Friday, 21 August 2020. Tim's bad day. Our departure day following six weeks in the ship yard. At 0800 Chris Deeley arri...
08/22/2020

Friday, 21 August 2020. Tim's bad day. Our departure day following six weeks in the ship yard. At 0800 Chris Deeley arrived to coordinate the tug hook up, the yard workers prepared to sink the dry dock, and the tugs SARAH D. and MARGOT were standing by. As the ship floated off the dry dock, the volunteers checked all the interior tanks, voids and bilges for leaks. A serious leak was detected by Steve Klauck in the aft motor room, B-4. The shipyard management was contacted, and the decision was made to put SLATER back in the dock to repair the leaks. The yard will work over the weekend, with an estimated depart date of Tuesday, 1300.

08/21/2020

The best place to find a leak is in the shipyard. We will have more information soon.

Our departure has been postponed, for an unforseen repair. We will post as soon as we have an updated departure time.
08/21/2020

Our departure has been postponed, for an unforseen repair. We will post as soon as we have an updated departure time.

Departure day has arrived along with the NYS Marine Tugs SARAH D. And MARGOT who will tug SLATER up the river back to Al...
08/21/2020

Departure day has arrived along with the NYS Marine Tugs SARAH D. And MARGOT who will tug SLATER up the river back to Albany. The plan is still to depart the shipyard today at 1030 after the yard floods the drydock.

Thursday, 20 August 2020. The shipyard work has been completed, the tow plan approved and the tugs are due to arrive tom...
08/21/2020

Thursday, 20 August 2020. The shipyard work has been completed, the tow plan approved and the tugs are due to arrive tomorrow morning, Our shipyard adventure is about to end, and a new chapter is about to begin, the trip home.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020. With one working day left before departure, the weather wasn't very cooperative. We had showe...
08/20/2020

Wednesday, 19 August 2020. With one working day left before departure, the weather wasn't very cooperative. We had showers most of the day, at a time when every painting minute counts. Our towing plan has been approved by the Coast Guard, and departure is still scheduled for 1030 Friday. For those using the Maritime Tracking site, the tugs will be NYS Marine Highway's SARAH D. and MARGOT.

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Albany, NY
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The Old Navy Lives Here

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During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on The Old Navy lives here the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and material. In the Pacific they stood in line to defend naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks. Today, only one of these ships remains afloat in the United States, the USS SLATER.

Moored on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, the USS SLATER has undergone an extensive restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory. The museum offers hour-long guided tours, youth group overnight camping, and a historic location to hold naval reunions.

Open for Tours: April through November, Wednesday through Sunday, 10AM - 4PM

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Hello from Austria, I'm following you and your ships history with great interest. I really hope to be able to visit the Slater in the near future on one of my next trips through the US, that is as soon as this crisis is hopefully a thing of the past. In the emantime I wish you all the strength and most of all health to carry on. I also enclose a picture ot the USS Brister, an Edsall class escort destroyer a model that I have build several years ago in the scale of 1:72, have fun with it.