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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Nuclear Ship Savannah

 
 
Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 22, 2012
1. Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 — exactly 50 years to the day the ship made her maiden voyage into Savannah — the Georgia Historical Society, in collaboration with the Savannah Ocean Exchange and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, unveiled a new historical marker commemorating that event at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.
Inscription. The N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo/passenger ship, built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, was launched on July 21, 1959 and commenced her maiden voyage at sea on Friday March 23, 1962. Before embarking on a world tour, the ship called at the Port of Savannah on August 22, 1962. Named in honor of the S.S. Savannah, the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic, the N.S. Savannah was part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" initiative to demonstrate the technical feasibility of nuclear propulsion for merchant ships. Carrying 9,400 tons of cargo, 60 passengers and 124 crew members, the N.S. Savannah was capable of cruising at 21 knots and traveling 336,000 miles on a single fuel load.
 
Erected 2012 by the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Ocean Exchange and Ships of the Sea Museum. (Marker Number 25-41.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 5.023′ N, 81° 5.313′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on International Drive, Hutchinson Island near Savannah River. Click for map. Located
Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker, Savannah River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 22, 2012
2. Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker, Savannah River
at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Southeast of US17,Hutchinson Island exit. Marker is at or near this postal address: One International Drive, Hutchinson Island, Savannah GA 31421, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S. S. James Oglethorpe and the Battle of the Atlantic (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Savannah (approx. 0.2 miles away); Savannah's Cobblestones (approx. 0.2 miles away); Savannah in the American Revolution (approx. 0.2 miles away); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F.& A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christmas in Savannah 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jewish Colonists (approx. 0.2 miles away); Savannah and the Slave Trade (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Nuclear Ship Savannah. National Register of Historic Places:
SAVANNAH (nuclear ship) *** (added 1982 - - #82001518)
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Sharpe,George W.,Inc., New York Ship Building Corporation
♦ Area of Significance: Engineering, Maritime History, Politics/Government, Transportation, Commerce
♦ Period of Significance:
Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker and Savannah image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 22, 2012
3. Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker and Savannah
1950-1974
♦ Owner: State
♦ Historic Function: Commerce/Trade, Government, Transportation
♦ Historic Sub-function: Public Works, Water-Related
♦ Current Function: Recreation And Culture
♦ Current Sub-function: Museum
upgraded to National Historic Landmark status by the National Park Service on July 17, 1991.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. ..see the relationship, with marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. NS Savannah, Wikipedia entry. named for SS Savannah, was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, built in the late 1950s at a cost of $46.9 million, including a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core, funded by United States government agencies as a demonstration project for the potential usage of nuclear energy. (Submitted on August 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. National Historic Landmarks Program. The ship is now in the James River reserve fleet.. Because of the presence of radioactivity in the reactor containment area, which will persist for 25-30 years, no alternative reuse is possible. The Maritime Administration has spent $1 million to repair the hull, and conducts underwater inspections once a year and interior inspections four times a year.
Nuclear Ship <i>Savannah</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 26, 2012
4. Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker
Looking east down the Savannah River toward the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 15 miles distant.
Once every 10 years the vessel is drydocked for a more thorough inspection. It would cost $30-50 million to remove and properly dispose of the reactor, and the Maritime Association feels that since the reactor is not leaking, this cost cannot be justified. The ship's living quarters are deteriorated, but otherwise her hull is sound. (Submitted on August 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. NS Savannah by Rich Pekelney of the Historic Naval Ship Association. Savannah was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. It was named an International Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1983. It was named a Nuclear Engineering Landmark by the American Nuclear Society in 1991. And finally it was upgraded to National Historic Landmark status by the National Park Service on July 17, 1991. (Submitted on August 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
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Currently docked in Baltimore, Maryland, under a long-term lay berth contract with Canton Marine Terminals. The U.S. Maritime Administration Savannah Technical Staff of the Office of Ship Disposal manages the activities onboard the ship, with strong emphasis on licensed facility
Nuclear Ship Savannah image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Nuclear Ship Savannah
operations and pre-decommissioning planning. The Maritime Administration intends to maintain Savannah in protective storage for some years into the future; however, under current law and regulation the decommissioning process must be completed and Savannah's operating license terminated no later than December 2031.
    — Submitted August 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
"Atoms for Peace "Postage Stamp, issued 1955 image. Click for full size.
By Usps
6. "Atoms for Peace "Postage Stamp, issued 1955
 
 
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