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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

N.S. Savannah

 
 
N.S. <i>Savannah</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. N.S. Savannah Marker
Inscription. N.S. Savannah, a joint project of the U.S. Maritime Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission, was the first nuclear-powered merchant ship. She was built to carry up to 60 passengers and 9,250 tons of cargo. In 1962, after reactor tests at Yorktown and sea trials, Savannah sailed from Yorktown to Savannah, Georgia, her home port.

From then until 1970, nearly 1.5 million people visited Savannah to explore her technological marvels. N.S. Savannah operated reliably and safely, established precedents for future commercial nuclear-powered merchant ships, and demonstrated the peaceful use of atomic power.

At the end of her service, Savannah was displayed at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in South Carolina and was later stored in the Maritime Administrationís Virginia reserve fleet. In 2008, Savannah was moved to Baltimore in preparation for final decommissioning.
 
Erected 2010 by York County.
 
Location. 37° 14.348′ N, 76° 30.516′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Buckner Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nick's Seafood Pavilion (here, next to this marker); The Olympic Flame (a few steps from this marker); George P. Coleman Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Yorktown's Tea Party (within shouting distance of this marker); Heavy Artillery at Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars & Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington and Francois De Grasse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiskiak Indians (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
 
More about this marker. Photos courtesy of U.S. Maritime Administration.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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