Naval History in Albany – the USS Slater

USS_Slater_AlbanyWhen you live in Albany, NY or the surrounding area, you know our city is rich in history. Our museums and buildings house some of the world’s most comprehensive collections of historical artifacts, and you can easily spend a day simply touring the Capital here. But did you know Albany is also home to the last destroyer escort afloat in America?

The USS Slater was a Cannon Class destroyer escort that was served in the United States Navy during World War II. Like many ships of that time, the USS Slater was named for a sailor who lost his life in service – Frank O. Slater, who perished aboard the USS San Francisco during the 1942 Battle of Guadalcanal. The USS Slater served in both the Atlantic and the Pacific theaters both during and immediately following the war, and in 1951 was transferred to Greece. It served for 40 years, and was deactivated in 1991.

While it was awaiting disposal, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association saved it. Raising $290,000 to rescue the USS Slater and return it to the United States, the not-for-profit educational corporation was brought to New York City, and four years later it made its way up the Hudson River to Albany, NY. Over the last 20 years, volunteer crews have worked to restore the USS Slater to her 1945 condition. The USS Slater now serves as a living memorial to destroyer escorts and the sailors who served on them.

If you’d like to visit the USS Slater, she is open early April through late November, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During months of operation, she is open most major holidays except Easter and Thanksgiving Day. Admission prices vary, please visit the USS Slater website to learn more.

Ted Danz, the founder of Family Danz, served his country in the U.S. Navy and finished his military career with a strong sense of duty and commitment to his community. Once back in the Capital District, he settled into the town of Bethlehem. It was always a dream of Ted’s to start a family business and at the same time, give back to the community. From that vision, Family Danz was born. Instinctively, the fitting motto for Ted’s company was: “We Treat Our Customers Like Family.” Let us show you the Family Danz difference – call us at (518) 427-8685 and we will be more than happy to help with your HVAC, plumbing and heating oil needs.