N.S. Savannah (May 09)

May 23, 2011

I was waiting for some text to post about the N.S. Savannah from a guest blogger but his political website has been very time-consuming.

N.S. Savannah

The Nuclear Ship Savannah … In 1955, President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower proposed building a nuclear-powered merchant ship as a showcase for his “Atoms for Peace” initiative. Her keel was laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey. Her nuclear reactor was manufactured by Babcock and Wilcox. The N/S SAVANNAH, named for SS Savannah, was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, built at a cost of $46.9 million, including a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core. The SAVANNAH is one of only four nuclear-powered cargo ships ever built. She was christened by U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower at the ship’s launching on July 21, 1959.

Interesting Facts …

  • She produced nearly $12,000,000 in revenue, real money back then.
  • She sailed over 450,000 miles in her five years of merchant service (1965 to 1970).
  • She required a crew of more than 100 mariners.
  • She cost $46,900,000 ($18,600,000 for the ship, and $28,300,000 for the nuclear core) when built in 1959
  • The Army considered using her as a power plant to be used during national emergencies.

All of this information and more is available on the N.S. Savannah website. http://nssavannah.net/

T2 wrote this in 2009 when turning in her absence excuse:

“We watched a ceremony to recognize all mariners. There was a wreath laying ceremony to honor the ones that died in war. They asked people who served in wars to stand. There weren’t many from old wars. We had a moment of silence. We sang Heave Ho the anthem of the merchant marine.

Mrs. Bently spoke about the Savannah. If we should ever try nuclear powered (merchant ships) again we should learn from our mistakes. She was a reporter back when the Savannah was running. She was a congresswoman who cares about maritime issues.

I ate a crab cake for the first time but I didn’t like it.”



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