NS Savannah, 1959 - Ship Christening

Launching party, NS Savannah, Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, sponsor, July 21, 1959. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

 

Savannah was the world’s first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship, built as part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" initiative. Although not meant to be profitable, its economic inefficiency destined it to a short career.

 

For more background and additional photos, visit the Ladies Who Launch - Ship Christening Photographs exhibit at Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum.

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Taken in July 1959