From her conception in 1956 the N. S. Savannah, the world's first and only nuclear-powered merchant ship, was ill-starred. Built to demonstrate the peaceful uses of atomic energy and to provide information on the economic feasibility of a nuclear-powered U.S. merchant fleet, the Savannah was meant to revitalize the American Merchant Marine. But she never fulfilled that hope.... the control of the General Agent whether or not of the same or similar nature, or should do or fail to do any act in reliance upon instructions of the United States military or naval authorities. ... Better-trained workers were needed for shipbuilding maintenance, repair, and operation. ... Marine engineers on the Savannah needed special instruction in operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants.
|Title||:||The Story of the Savannah|
|Publisher||:||Harvard University Press - 1971|