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, May 30, 2011

05/22/2011 - National Historic Landmark

It's been a while since I posted. I have to get back into the groove. Lately I've been a little busy on Slater related stuff that's taken a little time.

This Sunday was great. Started the day giving a Weight Watcher Group a 5k walking tour of Albany. I wrote a short story about Albany Walking Tours for the Slater Signals. Then gave two tours - beautiful day (slightly cloudy, which keeps the Slater comfortable below decks) . Everything went very well.

I had the pleasure of giving a few Motor Room / Engine Room Tours. These compartments are not on the routine tour, and special permission is required. One tour was given to a visiting Docent from the USS Cod in Cleveland, Ohio. With the exception of batteries, the USS Slater has a similar propulsion system with submarines like the USS Cod (both Diesel/Electric, 4 GM Diesels). The other was given to a DE Sailor (and Michigan Group Volunteer) who brought his grandson aboard for a tour.

The USS Cod is a museum ship that has the National Historic Landmark Designation (since 1986, nominated in 1984). This past week (5/24-5/26), the USS Slater's nomination was reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee.

Update: Times Union Report on Status 5/28/2011, "....Leaders of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum -- the nonprofit that maintains the Slater -- were in Washington, D.C., to receive the news Tuesday that the Park Service's landmarks advisory committee had voted unanimously to approve its application....."

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