Welcome to the official website of the N/S Savannah Association, Inc. We are dedicated to preserving and protecting the N.S. Savannah, a non-functional one-of-a-kind nuclear cargo/passenger ship. The Savannah is presently located in the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, under a long-term layberth contract with Canton Marine Terminals.
2020 COVID Update
2020 has been a bad year for those wanting to visit NS Savannah as COVID 19 has kept her completely inaccessible to the public. However, those who visited her during 2019 open houses had a very special treat indeed!
Here you see Frank “Skip” Litterer supervising visits to the inside of the reactor containment. This new entrance was created to provide safe access for workers during the reactor decommissioning process. From this location, all the major components of the nuclear power plant are visible.
This is a section of the of the collision mat and containment vessel shell that was removed. Starting from the left, you see the curved shell of the containment followed by a layer of concrete. Next comes alternating layers of steel and Redwood. As you can imagine, it was quite a job to cut this out, a diamond studded cable was used to make the cut.
Here you see the orange colored neutron shield water jacket which surrounds the reactor vessel. This picture was taken from where 2 circulating pump motors were located when the ship was in service. The motors and pump internals were removed during the ship's defueling in 1971, and reportedly given to the Tennessee Valley Authority.
This is a shot of the upper portion of the containment taken from the same spot as before. Note the heavy steel reinforcements of the shell, the containment was designed to contain the worst credible reactor accident. At top center is the cupula, the top of which could be opened for reactor fueling operations. Located directly behind the electrical panel (top center) are the control rod drive mechanisms
Membership and Donation Drive
Our Annual Membership and Donation Drive is in progress! If you would like to become a member and/or support us with a contribution, please join or donate today using our secure donation site or the printable form. Annual dues are $25.00 which helps with the preservation of the ship and promotion of onboard activities. To join, click here to visit our Membership and Donations Page. You can also make a donation without joining by clicking this button:
Visiting the N.S. Savannah
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) controls access to the N.S. Savannah and the ship is not currently open to the general public. However, MARAD's Savannah Technical Support (STS) group can grant access to the ship and provide escorted tours for groups and individuals. All visits and tour requests should be directed to the MARAD STS group. Please visit the MARAD website Frequently Asked Questions page for more information on arranging your tour. Click here for driving directions to the N.S. Savannah.
You can take a virtual tour of the ship right now at the Historic Naval Ships Association website's Tour of N.S. Savannah.