Sherburne Scouts ‘crew’ World War II destroyer

SHERBURNE – The Scouts and families of Sherburne Pack 66 packed and headed on a grand adventure to Albany recently. The group’s first stop was the New York State Museum. They explored what makes New York State a unique and great place to live. All the exhibits were enjoyed but there were three favorites – The Sesame Street Set, The Iroquois Longhouse and The Carousel. The group then walked the Empire State Plaza to the State Capitol building; while it was closed, it was inspiring to be on the steps of the very building where important decisions and laws are made. They also took in the sculptures on the Plaza, but everyone was most intrigued by “The Egg” which houses two theatres.

The day was heating up to the official temperature of 84 degrees by the time the group reached its final destination, the USS Slater. The USS Slater is a World War II destroyer escort moored on the Hudson River at Albany. Between 1943 and 1945, the United States built 563 destroyer escorts which combined heavy anti-submarine and anti-aircraft weapons with the latest electronic equipment for detecting enemy vessels. In addition, destroyer escorts were designed to be maneuverable, high speed, long range vessels that could be built quickly due to their all-welded construction. The Slater would be the group’s accommodations for the night.

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