This marker was erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Ocean Exchange and Ships of the Sea Museum.
The invocation was given by Coast Guard Chaplain LT Len Driskell, with recognitions by Cosmos Mariner Productions’ Michael Jordan. Remarks were given by Mayor Edna B. Jackson, County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis, CEO and Co- Founder of the Savannah Ocean Exchange Cort Atkinson and President and CEO, Georgia Historical Society Dr. W. Todd Groce.
The guest speaker was Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Marine Administration, Paul Jaenichen.
The N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo/passenger ship, built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, was launched on July 21, 1959 and commenced her maiden voyage at sea on Friday March 23, 1962. Before embarking on a world tour, the ship called at the Port of Savannah on August 22, 1962. Named in honor of the S . S . Savannah, the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic, the N.S. Savannah was part of President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative to demonstrate the technical feasibility of nuclear propulsion for merchant ships. Carrying 9,400 tons of cargo, 60 passengers and 124 crew members, the N.S. Savannah was capable of cruising at 21 knots and traveling 336,000 miles on a single fuel load.