Historic Markers Across Georgia

Nuclear Ship Savannah

Marker ID: GHS 25-41
Location: Near Tomochichi square at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center by the river, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 5.023    W 081° 5.313
  32.08371666    -81.08855
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKBX7
Nuclear Ship Savannah Marker  


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 by the Georgia Historical Society, the
2012.3 Savannah Ocean Exchange and Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum 25.41

Nuclear Ship Savannah
Photo by David Seibert