Thursday, May 28: Learn about the Last Destroyer Escort Afloat, the USS Slater

slaterJoin us at 7 pm on Thursday, May 28, when Steve Long, a member of the Board of Directors for the Destroyer Escort Foundation for the USS Slater, will speak about the war ship, now a WWII vintage museum berthed on the Hudson River in Albany, NY. The Slater, a cannon class, destroyer escort, has been lovingly restored and maintained. Designed as an anti submarine warship, ships like the Slater served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

Learn of her history, service, and preservation in this free lecture with PowerPoint presentation. During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on 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 fifteen-year restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory.

Students who attend the lecture will be eligible for BCC Forum credits.
This program free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.


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