Visit a WWII era, functioning, U.S. Navy galley aboard the USS SLATER, right here in Albany! The galley could be extremely dangerous while at sea. Constant pitching and rolling could result in burns or cuts. While the ovens might have provided some warmth on the North Atlantic, the Galley could be stiflingly hot on the South Pacific. Of course, preparation of meals could be interrupted by combat. In a prolonged standoff with a U-boat or rough seas, meals could be delayed. If preparing a hot meal was rendered impossible, the men made do with simple sandwiches and coffee. The preparation of coffee onboard is a topic of much discussion among the men who served on these ships. Generally, it was of poor quality and reheated multiple times. One method of preparation involved filling a sock with grounds, tying off the end and allowing it to percolate at a rolling boil in a copper. While a ship may begin a convoy with ample fresh provisions, the longer a ship was out at sea the less fresh meat, fruit and vegetables were available. Dehydrated and canned items would be used with greater frequency as the days wore on.
See it for yourself! USS SLATER is open to the public April through November, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM.