atoms aweigh (Apr, 1965)

atoms aweigh

Most extraordinary passenger vessel since Robert Fulton’s Clermont, the N.S. (nuclear ship) Savannah can circle the globe almost 15 times on a single charge of nuclear fuel. This floating demonstration of the peaceful use of atomic energy already is setting new performance records. The Atomic Energy Commission and the Maritime Administration built the Savannah to be the safest ship afloat. Two thousand tons of lead and concrete shield its reactor. A two-foot thick shell of steel and redwood guards the reactor against collision damage.

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  1. Stephen says: July 16, 20126:00 am

    Savannah was a great technical achievement, but more expensive to run than a comparable oil-fired ship: the size of the reactor compartment compromised the volume available for cargo, and she required a larger and specially skilled crew. She also discharged low-level radioactive waste into the sea, which most freighters don’t.…

  2. Eli Balin says: July 16, 20121:21 pm

    Concerning the ship in the foreground, the Lightship Ambrose:…

  3. Hirudinea says: July 16, 20122:04 pm

    “She (Savannah) also discharged low-level radioactive waste into the sea, which most freighters don’t.”

    Yea, Greenpeace would have loved that!

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