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River ice delays repairs for Albany's WWII ship


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Ice on the Hudson River is delaying repair work scheduled for an Albany-based World War II ship that's the last of its kind afloat in the U.S.

The destroyer escort USS Slater was supposed to head south last month for Staten Island, where it will be dry-docked for extensive repair work. But thick ice downriver has kept the 70-year-old ship in its upstate port.

The restored warship is a floating museum from April through November. The head of the volunteer organization that operates the Slater tells the Albany Times Union that the group is waiting for the Coast Guard to give them the go-head for two tug boats to escort the ship downstate.

They hope that will happen early next week.

The ship isn't expected to return to Albany until May.

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