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The first nuclear-power cargo ship

NS Savannah was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, and one of only four ever built.   She holds the title of the first nuclear-powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  

Savannah was built in the late 1950s at a cost of $46.9 million, including a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core.  Designed as a showboat, her pretty lines and luxurious staterooms were more important than cargo capacity.    She was launched on 21 July 1959 and in service between 1962–1972. 

NS Savannah has been moored at Pier 13 of the Canton Marine Terminal in Baltimore, Maryland since 2008.

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This NS Savannah model features:

- Scratch built from official plans

- Hollow-hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs  (A solid hull of this size would be over 40 lbs and too dangerous for one person to carry, also feeling like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

Dimensions: 39" long x 10.5" tall x5.5" wide     $1,500    S & H is $90

RC model:  $2,300    S & H is $90    Please allow 2 weeks for RC installation 


                                                   FLOATING NUCLEAR PLAN

On April, 2014, three scientists presented the benefits of floating nuclear power stations in a symposium hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
The first benefit is safety.  Because the platform floats, the nuclear power station would be unharmed by earthquakes and tsunamis.  Its distance from land would ensure minimal damages if leaking occurs. 

The second benefit is economic:  The reactor could use the sea as an infinite heat sink.  The core of the reactor, lying below the surface, could be cooled passively without the use of electrical pumps which could fail.  

Another economic benefit: At the end of its service life, a floating station could be towed to a specially equipped yard which is specialized in dismantle nuclear-powered ships  

The Russian is already ahead of the game.  Rosatom is already building one that will generate up to 80 megawatts —enough to power a small town.  The vessel is scheduled to be completed in 2016.  The primary mission is to provide power in remote areas for gas exploration, including the Arctic.

The Americans, however, are planning something more particular.  They think that even a 1,000MW floating nuclear station—the size of some of today’s largest land base nuclear plants—is well within reach, even with tough governmental regulations (including protection against underwater attacks.)

In fact, the US was the originator of the idea.  About 50 years ago the Sturgis (MH-1A)--a converted Liberty ship containing a 10MW nuclear reactor-- provided electricity to relieve power shortage in the Panama Canal Zone.  Then in the 1970s there was a plan to build 1,200MW nuclear power stations off America’s coast.  A huge manufacturing yard was being constructed near Jacksonville, Florida but the idea faced opposition and was scrapped.  

With today's much improved technology, these"vessels" will meet regulations and sail.




"The NS Savannah model is absolutely beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a nicer piece to add to our collection. The craftsmanship that went into building her is just amazing. Please pass along our thanks to the builder(s).

Best regards,
Lisa M.
Librarian & QSS Process Controller
Calhoon MEBA Engineering School
27050 St. Michaels Ro
Easton, MD  21601"