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    That time of year again for ship's movement and I'm UA!

    Every year the Slater is moved across and down river in order to avoid problems with ice against her hull! She was suppose to move Wednesday. But, it got moved up to today and as a result I missed ship's movement! Oh well, Captain's mast again!
    It may not be as big of an event at Iowa heading for San Pedro. But, it's nice to see a wake at her stern, even if there's a tug back there pushing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyDoc View Post
    But, it got moved up to today and as a result I missed ship's movement! Oh well, Captain's mast again!
    It may not be as big of an event at Iowa heading for San Pedro. But, it's nice to see a wake at her stern, even if there's a tug back there pushing!
    Hopefully atleast one of us can make the move a year from now, would definitely be a great opportunity to experience firstand the move to or from dry dock! (Would definitely be worthwhile for me to miss school for i think! )


    Also a great article about the Slater Maintaining a Museum Ship: ex-USS SLATER (DE 766) | Naval Historical Foundation

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    Hey, dumb question from a landlubber.

    Is it easier to maintain the Slater and other craft which are berthed in fresh water over the other museum vessels which are berthed in salt water?

    It would seem logical but....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Hey, dumb question from a landlubber.

    Is it easier to maintain the Slater and other craft which are berthed in fresh water over the other museum vessels which are berthed in salt water?

    It would seem logical but....
    That is NOT a "DUMB" question. The only dumb questions are those that are never asked.

    Of course it's easier to maintain a ship's outer hull if berthed in fresh water rather than sea water. Not only is the hull free from corrosion by salt, iodine, and other chemicals, it is also protected from sea water "critters" such as barnacles, sea aenomes, etc. that dig into the paint and expose bare metal.

    But some ships are just too big to get into a fresh water area. The Ranger may be in luck however, as the city of Portland, Oregon wants her. There is a dock in the wide River between Oregon and Washington where ships routinely tie up to for a week or so to have the fresh river water kill off the marine fouling. The Missouri was docked there for a couple of weeks before her tow to Hawaii as a museum/memorial ship.
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    You heard it from an expert!

    Our problem is the other difference between sea and fresh! We worry about freezing and ice. We don't need to be having a berg show us the weak spots on the hull before we get her into dry dock next Winter! At her Winter dock we are right up to the pier. No dolphins over there! Once the need arises the pumps will be going strong to keep ice from forming in between.
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    Thanks, gents!

    I do have a winter memory of the Slater. In the winter of 2003 I was driving from FT Drum through Albany on the way hoem to VA (I was visiting the flag collection in the state capitol). As I left the parking garage it was snowing heavily...and I had lost 5th gear on my 1991 Explorer on my drive to Albany...so instead of taking I-90 or I-87 I took surface streets to head south and went under the spaghetti highway intersection in your picture above...and lo and behold there was the Slater in lovely coat of snopw abotu 6 inches deep. I had visions of the North Atlantic in Jan 43!

    I later visted her in summer 2006/2007..can't remember which.

    Great ship.

    Great group of volunteers.
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    I am in Alabama. I am not a vet, I just have a love and respect for naval history and the men and women who served. My grandfather was the skipper of a fleet tug at the end of WWII (hince the avatar). I think he served on quite a range of subs, surface combatants, and auxiliaries between 1918-1946 (I have the list at the office). My father served on a DM in the 50's. I'm still a landlubber :( I have a year left in grad school, then I would love to volunteer to help you sometime during my vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ytlas View Post

    Good lookin' Fleet Tug

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    A couple more panoramics!
    As requested earlier these will give you some deck views and a good idea of where she sits in the Hudson River in Albany

    The number one 3" and Hedgehog
    http://www.ussslater.org/tour/weapon...oramic.html://

    Starboard side 40mm
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    Nice! Those 40's look like they are ready to go!

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    Sorry about the typo! Let's try the No.1 3" and hedgehogs again!

    Number 1, 3"/50, Hedgehogs and forward area of the deck

    Hedgehogs & 3"/50

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    I forgot to add the Gyro room! So out of the way, it is often forgotten!
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    Frame 156 thru 175 on the Fletcher DD Thread...... follow up

    NavyDoc, thank you for the great panoramic view of the 40mm.

    WE had quite the discussion several months ago on the Fletcher thread "Frame 156 thru 175" discussing the interior bulkheads of the typical 40mm gun tub. Your pictures certainly are impressive.

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    Was there this past saturday the 10th & for whoever is interested here are the pictures I took - USS Slater Dec 10th 2011 pictures by qaz14595 - Photobucket

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