Atoms for Peace The Nuclear Ship Savannah
In the mid-1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower dreamed of a world in which nuclear power would be used for peaceful, rather than destructive, purposes. He imagined a fleet of nuclear-powered merchant vessels plying the world's oceans. The flagship of that fleet was to be the NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah.
The Savannah was launched in Camden, New Jersey in 1959, with First Lady Mamie Eisenhower breaking a champagne bottle across the bow as thousands of onlookers cheered. Named for the S.S. Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean (in 1819), the NS Savannah made history of its own - carrying passengers and cargo around the world on a journey fueled by the power of the atom. The NS Savannah visited more than forty ports in the US and 23 foreign nations, and hosting a million and a half visitors onboard ship. On the Savannah's maiden voyage in 1962, tens of thousands of people lined the banks of the Savannah river as the world's first nuclear vessel visited its namesake city, Savannah, Georgia.
In this half-hour documentary, filmmaker Michael Jordan skillfully weaves rare color motion picture film of the Savannah during its heyday with modern video of the ship before - and after - its much-needed maintenance. Michael interviews people who served aboard the ship and visited it, those who fought and failed to make it a museum in Savannah, Georgia in the 1970s - and those who would do so in the first decades of a new century. "Atoms for Peace: The Nuclear Ship Savannah" is a must-see for anyone who loves history, science, or the sea.
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