Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater. A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. I plan on walking on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. You can contact me at:

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Monday, April 27, 2009

4/27/2009 - Destroyer Escort Shipboard Organization

It was a very nice Sunday, a little warm (especially below decks). We had a fair number of visitors. We also had a lot of tour guides available so we were able to handle everyone quite nicely. There was a little activity near the ship. They were filming action scenes for Angelina Jolie's upcoming movie "Salt", near the USS Slater. The guides were wondering if she would visit the ship (she didn't). I offered to pay for her tour if she came.

I gave two tours, one to a retired Chief Store Keeper and his family. This got me thinking about the ship board organization of a Destroyer Escort. I was wondering if there would be a Chief Storekeeper assigned to a the Slater (yes, a Chief Storekeeper would be included in the normal complement). A little research lead me to this document about shipboard organization of a destroyer escort. And, a little more research led me to a document about current shipboard organization.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Season - 2009

I didn't post any blogs during 2008. I was ill when the season started. After recovery I was very very busy with my paying jobs that I had little time to spare. Towards the end of the season I got back into the giving USS Slater Tours.

During 2008 a movie was filmed aboard the USS Slater (Orion in Midsummer). largely because of the filming, the Slater crew did a lot of work restoring the depth charges. Added the second rack, and faux fuzes. They also did a lot of work on the electonic equipment in CIC (Combat Information Center).

This year off to a great Start. The ship opened a little earlier than usual. I gave guided tours on two Sundays and was fairly busy. I think the economy is keeping people local.

USS Frank Knox - Final moments

The old link I had to the U-tube of the sinking of the USS Frank Knox in 1991 was broken (by the Greek Navy as a target). Here's a replacement.