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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacfanweb View Post
    Question: Are you allowed to make the ship operable and get her underway? I know the Battleship museums aren't allowed to do that.
    Since this was a donation by a foreign country, that owned the ship, there are no restrictions on the ship by the US Navy. I know they were working on their engines as I was asked about parts that might have been in Suisun when the Hornet was going there regularly back in 2008-2013.

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    Though it would be so much nicer to have a carrier underway again (sorry tbm), it is possible (mainly because of what tbm said) to have a much smaller ship like Slater gain that recognition one day! Though daunting, it may happen (one day).

    Don you're close. But, you ain't gettin a cigar! Actually there are still 4 DE's "afloat", USS Slater, DE-766 (Cannon Class), USS McAnn, DE-179 (another Cannon Class) is now a museum in Brazil, USS Hemminger, DE-746 (yet another Cannon Class) is still a training ship with the Royal Thai Navy and then USS Atherton, DE-169 (yep, another Cannon) is still in the Philipines. see a pattern there? The Phillipines keep putting Atherton back in service because of the Chinese and what they are up to in the South China Sea!
    Interestingly, I recently read the following:
    "The USS Atherton was transferred to Japan and served as part of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force until 1975 when she was returned to the United States. She was given to the Philippines in 1978 and served with the Philippine Navy as recently as 2016. Interest has been expressed in returning Atherton to the United States so she can be restored to her World War II appearance and be opened to the public."

    Now there is a good reason to want to get her back! Her history includes having been credited with the last sinking of a U-boat of Point Judith, RI the day after all u-boats were ordered to surrender. Plus, there are some items in our collection that belong aboard her! If you read about the "Battle off Point Judith" you will see that the confirmation of the sinking of U-853 was when it's debris floated to the surface and included in that debris was the sub commanders cap. Also amongst the debris was one of it's life rafts. Those are among the items preserved on Slater.
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    The crew of U-853 remain with their boat. That is except one that was brought up by a diver and then buried in Newport, RI. That war grave has not been given much respect over the years.

    So yes, Atherton belongs back here on the east coast and at least near her history. Maybe we can berth her alongside Slater! It may help us in getting Slater underway again as well. Since she is still a sea worthy and running vessel!

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    tbm, we may be in contact again soon! As Kitty Hawk may have parts!

    BTW, the pic on my profile is of Slater on her return trip up the Hudson after her time in drydock in 2014. OK, yes.........I photo-shopped out the tug!
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    For those interested in the story of the sinking of U-853

    https://westerlylife.com/mystery-u-853/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlaterDoc View Post
    tbm, we may be in contact again soon! As Kitty Hawk may have parts!

    BTW, the pic on my profile is of Slater on her return trip up the Hudson after her time in drydock in 2014. OK, yes.........I photo-shopped out the tug!
    Yeah right! I am starting to get the bad feeling that they may not let anybody get near the Kitty Hawk.

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