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WWII DESTROYER BECOMES MUSEUM

During World War II, the USS Slater patrolled the murky waters of the North Atlantic to protect merchant ships and troop convoys from German U-Boat attacks.

Fifty-one years after being decommissioned, the 306-foot gray destroyer escort has a new home. It sailed up the Hudson River to the Port of Albany on Sunday, where the warship will be restored into a floating museum.

"Except for needing some paint, it looks like the old Slater," Ed Levine said as he watched his old ship sail into port. Levine, 75, of Utica, joined the Slater crew shortly before the ship was commissioned on May 11, 1944.

After being decommissioned by the U.S., it was given to Greece in 1950. It remained part of the Hellenic navy until 1991, when it was purchased by a historical foundation in New York. A new non-profit corporation will help raise the $120,000 cost to bring the ship to Albany.

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