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USS Slater Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jackjack/">Michael Sheehan </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
USS Slater Photo: Michael Sheehan , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With the ice finally off the Hudson River, an Albany-based World War II warship has headed south to Staten Island for repairs.

The destroyer escort USS Slater is the last of its kind afloat in the U.S. and is a floating museum from April through November. It was supposed to head south in February to be dry-docked for extensive repair work. But thick ice downriver kept the 70-year-old ship in its upstate port. It finally left its Albany dock Sunday morning, towed by the tug Margot.

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The dry-dock project is funded by private donations through the website www.ussslater.org.

Museum officials tell the Albany Times Union the ship is expected to be back in Albany in early June to celebrate the 70th year of its commissioning.

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