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Old 13th April 2005, 14:31
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NS Savannah - many merged threads

The n.s. Savannah was the world's first nuclair powered commercial vessel.
Launched March 1962.
She roamed the world, however, was decomissioned in 1972.
Since 1999 now berthed in Newport News, Virginia.
Does anybody have pictures from her "laid up" period after 1972?

Vessel's particulars:
Displacement 21.500 tonnes, DWT: 10.000 cargo capacity 9.400 tonnes
length: 595 ft, beam: 78 ft.

Vessel could sail 336.000 miles without refueling, 21 to max 23 knots.
Passengers 60, crew up to 124.

I took these photos when she visited Rotterdam in 1963. Berth: Parkkade.
Note: One picture showing a non visiting day. Next picture the enormous "line" for visitors (including myself)

second part follows.
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Old 13th April 2005, 14:37
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Follow up story.

Hereby the original postcard which was handed out on board.
This vessel looked like a megayacht, yet it was classified as a cargo vessel.

Only another two nuclair commercial vessels were built:
n.s. OTTO HAHN and the Russian SERMORPUT
Has anybody photos of these two ships?
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Old 13th April 2005, 16:10
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The Russians have a couple of Nuclear powered icebreakers which carry passengers to the north pole.
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Old 13th April 2005, 20:57
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Smile Savannah

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Savannah

Go to the below site, there are a couple of pictures of Savannah laid up and a very good article on her.

http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...787&ran=139450


Otto Hahn

Go to below site for Otto Hahn + picture below

http://www.radiationworks.com/NSOttoHahn.htm


Sevmorput

Picture below

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Old 14th April 2005, 01:56
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Thanks for the info Santos. I had already seen the website of Otto Hahn, but the other info on the Savannah is quite interesting to read.
It looks like the ship needs to be scrapped. Cannot be saved, even if they build in other engines as for what purpose could it be.
Only in case there is a multi millionaire who wants too convert the vessel into a megayacht.
Any luck with our members here??
There must be some wealthy retirees.......

James C. Regarding the nuclair ice breakers, I heard about it, but thought none was around anymore.
Any pictures and other info?
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Old 14th April 2005, 02:58
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There was an article in Ships Monthly (I Think) about it a year or so ago. Theres 2 or 3 of them that take tourists up to the pole from Murmansk (I Think). That copy of the mag is now filed away in the loft unfortunately.
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Old 7th July 2005, 18:17
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Hi:
The writer for the Virginian Pilot makes a nice distinction when he calls the Savannah "nuclear fueled".
Despite the method of raising steam, the ship was powered by that old tried and true method of propulsion, turbines.
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Old 18th November 2005, 22:30
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Was the Tanker Manhattan not nuclear powered as well believe it or not saw her loading a grain cargo in Mississippi River(Destrahan) they cut holes in her decks to put spouts in and kept on pulling her off berth to turn around to load opposite side
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Savannah

I saw Savannah laid up in Charleston in the mid-80s. Unfortunately it was daylight so couldnt see if she glowed in the dark!

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Old 20th November 2005, 09:49
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John,

Saw her there in the late 70's-no she didn't glow, but from my recollection she was a rather sad sight.

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Otto Hahn.

A great photo of the Otto Hahn has been posted in the Shipspotters site, to see it ----> http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/...=147949&cid=27 . Ken.
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Old 3rd December 2005, 20:19
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Russian Nukes

James C. Regarding the nuclair ice breakers, I heard about it, but thought none was around anymore.
Any pictures and other info?[/QUOTE]

Jan
Russian still maintains a large fleet of Nuclear Icebreakers they can be sourced on the websites

www.bellona.no
www.nti.org

Although they gave assurances to such bodies as Greenpeace they would be withdrawn from service they still are at large today.

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Japanese Nuclear Ship

Wasn't there a japanese nuclear ship, which was build but encountered a lot of troubles with its rector during trials?
Does anybody has heard of this ship?
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Old 3rd December 2005, 20:34
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Manfred,

The 8000 tonne Japanese Mutsu was the third civil vessel, put into service in 1970. It had a 36 MWt reactor delivering 8 MW to the propeller. It was dogged by technical and political problems and was an embarrassing failure.

Taken from http://www.uic.com.au/nip32.htm
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Old 4th December 2005, 00:31
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Thanks a lot guys for all your additional info.
And Ken indeed an excellent photo of the Otto Hahn. Thanks
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Old 4th December 2005, 00:45
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Im using Gdynias pc to ask this question Do you know the name/color of the paint they used on the Union Castle Hulls as would like it for my boat at home

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Old 4th December 2005, 01:01
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Sven, I am sorry but I do not know.
They were not a customer of my company (tears----tears---)
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Sven, I am sorry but I do not know.
They were not a customer of my company (tears----tears---)
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Thanx 4 that will pass it on to Sven - hes busy with his engines
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Castle Line.

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Im using Gdynias pc to ask this question Do you know the name/color of the paint they used on the Union Castle Hulls as would like it for my boat at home

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Hi Sven, we called them the Lavender Ladies. Ken.
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Old 4th December 2005, 14:58
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Savannah Photo.

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Thanks a lot guys for all your additional info.
And Ken indeed an excellent photo of the Otto Hahn. Thanks
Hi Jan. A photo of the Savannah has been posted in Shipspotters. Ken.
http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/...=147261&cid=27
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Ghost ship "Savannah" to be restored

From Hampton Roads Channel 3 news -

The Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship, will be rescued from the James River "Ghost Fleet" and restored by a Norfolk shipyard.

Colonna's Shipyard won a nearly one million dollar contract to repair and spruce up the maritime relic.

The ship is a national historic landmark that has been anchored for years among the rusting hulks of the Reserve Fleet.

The ship will be towed to Colonna's on August 15th.

The work is the first step in a larger government plan to remove the inactive nuclear reactor, scrub all remnant radiation, and prepare the ship for a new mission.

The Savannah arrived at the fleet near Newport News in 1994, following a stint at a maritime museum in Charleston, South Carolina.


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Old 7th August 2006, 13:10
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I can just see it, the clerk in the Dock Street Pool lifts up the little window that separates them from the cold bleak waiting room and yells, anyone of you with a bachelor's degree in advanced calculus, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics, in your book get down to No 5 West India the Savannah looking for a junior.

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Old 7th August 2006, 13:40
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very interesting ship. nice design, powerful, fast, the American government could use a ship like that if there were to be a war scenario or thret...dont suppose there is one do you???...LOL
wonder if thats why sanctions have been granted for her restoration. or am I just being a silly boy again?
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Old 7th August 2006, 17:02
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This vessel is visible on google Earth in the James river, there's lots of other ships but Savannah is labeled
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It would be nice to see her active again, she looked like a real ship unlike the floating boxes of today.
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