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Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

141 Broadway

About Us:
In 1993 the Board of Directors of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association voted for and established a new organization, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (DEHM). DEHM was incorporated as a not-for-profit educational corporation and has been granted a provisional charter by the New York State Department of Education.

The primary mission of the USS SLATER/Destroyer Escort Historical Museum is to utilize the SLATER as an educational platform to teach youth and visitors about contributions of the destroyer escorts in World War II and the postwar Navy. This keeps alive the history, spirit and technology of these vessels and the men and women who built and manned them.

To accomplish this we collect, maintain, display and interpret artifacts and documents relating to the role of the destroyer escorts in the United States Navy during World War II and the postwar years. The primary emphasis is the authentic restoration and display of the destroyer escort USS SLATER DE766 in her 1945 configuration with all the equipment and artifacts she would have carried at that time.

The SLATER is listed in the National Register of National Historic Places. Of over 2,500 national Museum members, locally 120 volunteers are actively engaged with the organization, interpreting the USS SLATER to the public, maintaining the ship and her vintage equipment, and preserving the maintenance techniques of sixty years ago.


Jeremy Daniele

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
The tour gave us all the information we could ask for on this ship!! The price was just right and the extra engine room tour is a no question add-on and also priced right. We paid $15 each for both tours and are very happy we did. I would recommend caution with elderly and small children. You do need the ability to climb and squeeze in smaller entrances. The engine room requires more attention and safety but totally worth it!!! We learned SO MUCH and got to see so much history.

Mark McAuley

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
A very interesting and well priced tour. I would defiantly recommend this if you even have a slight interest in naval warfare! Also, something which I wasn’t sure of. Parking onsite is free and they don’t close the gates until 4.30. At least this was the case on the day we visited.

Kathie Lynch

Monday, July 16, 2018
This was an awesome tour. The boys,7 & 9, had a fantastic time and couldn't stop raving about it. Mitch, our guide was excellent and encouraged and answered questions. This was just a great experience.

Marc-André Benoit

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This place is awesome. The last WWII Destroyer escort of its kind. It is being restored as close as possible to the original. You will not ne disappointed. Great piece of history. Thanks a lot for the tour I

joyce marrocco

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Enjoyed a tour of this amazing piece of history as a Mother's Day gift from my daughters. It was wonderful, the tour guide was knowledgeable , funny and very patient with two little girls on the tour. I love the reference to the movie Mr. Roberts,( the palm tree!!! ) Gave new respect and admiration to all those who serve, a big Thank You!!!!!

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