Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Nuclear Ship Savannah
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. Touch for map. Located
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). Touch for a list and map 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:
♦ 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.
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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. (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.)
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
— Submitted August 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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