The Highland Public Library will host a program on the efforts to preserve the USS Slater on Saturday, September 16, 1-2 p.m.
During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on the 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, the USS Slater has undergone an extensive restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory. The museum offers one hour guided tours, youth group overnight camping, and a historic location to hold naval reunions.
This presentation shares the history of USS Slater and why she was chosen to become the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. Stories will be shared about the history of Destroyer Escorts, Slater’s involvement in WWII, her service in the Greek Navy and her restoration transforming her into a world-class museum. Presented by a Slater volunteer, you will get a first-hand look at the hard work that goes into keeping the “Old Girl” afloat.
Register for this event at highlandlibrary.libcal.com/event.