History of the USS Slater: The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and supplies. 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, N.Y., the USS Slater has undergone an extensive restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory.
The Dorset Village Library and the Dorset Historical Society invite you to hear Slater volunteer Charles Stark present ‘Saving Slater’ on Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. Learn the history of USS Slaterand why she was chosen to become the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. Hear stories about the history of Destroyer Escorts, Slater’s involvement in WWII, her service in the Greek Navy, and her restoration that transformed her into a world-class museum. The program will be held at the Library; light refreshments will follow.
The Museum offers hour-long guided tours, youth group overnight camping, a historic
location to hold naval reunions and educational presentations. The Dorset Library has a pass available for patrons who would like to visit the site, which is open for tours Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from April through November.
Contact the Dorset Village Library for more information on the presentation or the pass at [email protected] or 802-867-5774.