USS Slater Ship Museum

During WW II,  563 destroyer escorts protected Atlantic convoys and defended naval task forces in the Pacific. In 1944-45 the USS Slater DE-766 was assigned to Altantic convoy duty.  After the Allied victory in Europe, the Slater went to the Pacific.  The legacy of destroyer escorts lives on through the USS Slater Museum in Albany, NY.  The Slater ship rests on the Hudson River as a historical museum open to to the public.

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Marilyn Barton and Tim Rizutto

With over 30 years in historic ship restoration, Tim Rizutto,  Executive Director, led the 15 year project of making the Slater the best and most authentically restored ship in the country.  Tim maintains a shipboard atmosphere that is safe, productive and fun for everyone who volunteers or visits.

While I cannot personally thank my father, he died in 1996, nor visit the Campbell because it was sold for scrap in 1973, I can be thankful that a representative of the type of ship my father served aboard still exists.

 

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Slater mast and signal flags
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Signal flags
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Aldis signal lamp
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Spotlight
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Alan Fox, Volunteer, Tour Guide
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Marilyn at helm on the bridge
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Bob Moritz at the helm with Alan
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Alan in the CIC (Combat Information Center)
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Maneuvering the plotting board in the CIC
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Surface plotting table
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Navigation station
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Radio room
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Radar station in CIC
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Yeoman’s office
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News from the outside world — officers’ ward room
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Typical officers’ quarters
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Executive officer’s quarters
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Officers’ shower
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Alan with breech of the 3-inch gun
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Gene with forward 3-inch battery
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Alan with hedgehogs (ASW) – anti-submarine warfare
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Marilyn sighting on the 40 mm Bofors
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Marilyn on the Asmuth station of the Bofors
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40 mm rounds storage
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Jan Moritz on elevation station of the 40 mm Bofors
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Lesson in how to operate the guns
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Aft 3-inch gun mount looking forward
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Transfer chair to send a crewman to another ship
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Depth charges
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Depth charges in rack
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Bob, Alan, Jan, and Marilyn at stern of Ship looking forward between the roll-off depth charge racks
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Slater’s  galley
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Galley

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Ship’s ovens
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Autoclave that doubled as a lobster steamer
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Officers’ ward room — Alan holding an article about a destroyer escort built in 23- 1/2 days
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Place settings in officers’ ward room
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First aid and medical supplies stored in the officers’ ward room
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Enlisted sleeping and living quarters
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Enlisted sleeping quarters
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Marilyn in enlisted quarters
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Hammock in enlisted quarters
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Enlisted quarters
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Cups and trays in enlisted quarters
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Basic medical supplies used by the ship’s pharmacy mate
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Ship’s sick back with Stokes stretcher for transporting sick or injured
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Red seat designed to be used for infected crew
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Tim with main propulsion control

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Tim in the engine room

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Auxiliary generators
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Panoramic view of the engine room
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Tim, Marilyn, Jan, and Bob debriefing after our tour

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