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

Ships That Carried the Name Savannah

 
 
Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker
Inscription.  

A number of ships carried the name "Savannah." They included warships and merchant vessels. One of the most important was the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Near the turn of the 20th century two steamers named the City of Savannah connected Savannah merchants and travelers with the ports of New York and Boston. In March 1938, the U.S. Navy commissioned a light cruiser christened USS Savannah. In honor of the first steamship Savannah, the first nuclear powered merchant ship was named NS Savannah in 1959.

Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah Advertisement
City of Savannah 1907
City of Savannah 1877


USS Savannah (CL-42)
Launched in 1937, the light cruiser patrolled waters that ranged from the Georgia Coast to Brazil, Hawaii, the British Isles and North Africa. CL-42 supported U.S. naval operations that transported President Franklin to the historic Yalta conference. USS Savannah earned three battle stars for World War II service.

Steam Ship Savannah
The SS Savannah's remarkable
City of <i> Savannah </i> 1877, USS <i> Savannah </i>(CL-42) image. Click for full size.
Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker
2. City of Savannah 1877, USS Savannah (CL-42)
voyage from Savannah to Liverpool, England in 1819 marked "one of the world's maritime epochs." While critics called the 300-ton steamship a "steam coffin," Captain Moses Rogers navigated the elegant vessel through the North Sea to Russia and back to Savannah. Europeans hailed Rogers as the "Columbus of trans-Atlantic navigation." After several round trips from New York to Savannah the ship wrecked off Fire Island, New York on November 5, 1821.

SS Savannah's Collapsible Paddle Wheel
Paddle wheels on the Savannah rotated at 18 revolutions per minute and could be folded to reduce drag while the ship was under sail.

Cutaway View of NS Savannah's Reactor
NS Savannah is equipped with a uranium dioxide fueled reactor with a maximum power rating of 80 thermal megawatts. During its service,NS Savannah consumed 163 pounds of uranium, the equivalent of 29 million gallons of fuel oil.

Nuclear Ship (NS) Savannah
In 1955, President Eisenhower proposed construction of a nuclear powered merchant vessel to promote the visionary Atoms for Peace program. NS Savannah was hailed as a "bold and enterprising experiment in the daring and distinguished annals of American science and seafaring." The 596-foot ship had cargo capacity of 9,900 tons and accommodated 60 passengers.
Ships That Carried the Name Savannah image. Click for full size.
Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker, May 24, 2009
3. Ships That Carried the Name Savannah
From 1962 to 1972, NS Savannah operated as an experiment to assess the feasibility and cost effectiveness of nuclear power in commercial shipping. Due to high operating costs, the ship was taken out of service in 1972. NS Savannah was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991 and is currently moored of Newport News, Virginia.

 
Erected 2009 by U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Georgia Dept. of Transportation. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 4.967′ N, 81° 5.619′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East River Street, on the left when traveling east. East of Barnard St. Ramp, at the Riverside. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. SS Savannah and SS John Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Settlement of Savannah (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Bartram Trail (about 300 feet away); Evacuation of Savannah (about 400 feet away); The Propeller Club of the Port of Savannah
Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker, seen along the riverfront image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 24, 2009
4. Ships That Carried the Name Savannah Marker, seen along the riverfront
(about 500 feet away); "A World Apart" (about 500 feet away); Joel Chandler Harris in Savannah (about 600 feet away); John Ryan's Excelsior Bottle Works (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
SS <i>Savannah </i> image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. SS Savannah
USS <i> Savannah </i> image. Click for full size.
By Navy Photo NH 97956
6. USS Savannah
Nuclear Ship (NS) <i> Savannah </i> image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
7. Nuclear Ship (NS) Savannah
Tribute at City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 20, 2008
8. Tribute at City Hall
** see nearby markers
Tribute SS Savannah Water Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
9. Tribute SS Savannah Water Fountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,202 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on June 2, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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