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Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

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— 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.

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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