Ladies Who Launch: Ship Christening Photographs from Delaware Valley Shipyards

NS Savannah, 1959

Launching party, NS Savannah, Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower, sponsor, July 21, 1959. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey.

Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship, built as part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" initiative. Although not meant to be profitable, its economic inefficiency destined it to a short career.

Independence Seaport Museum
New York Shipbuilding Corporation Collection

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