NS Savannah Collection, 1959-1971

Manuscript Collection #1022

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: NS Savannah Collection
    Creator: United States Coast Guard.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Thirty items (ca. 1959-1971), consisting of photographic prints with captions, one note, and one newspaper clipping, concerning the launch and retirement of the NS SAVANNAH which was the first nuclear powered merchant vessel.
    Extent: 0.505 Cubic feet, 1 box, photographic prints and printed materials
  • Description
     

    Included in the collection are black and white photographs of the July 21, 1959 christening ceremony and related participants. These photographs feature the ship’s starboard bow, port bow, and propeller, as well as honorable guests such as Secretary of Commerce Fredrick H. Mueller, Harry W. Pierce and Edward E. Teale of the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Senator Oren Harris of Arkansas, Senator Herbert C. Bonner of North Carolina, and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Also included is another black and white photograph of the ship that includes the dimensions of the ship and a cutaway view of the nuclear power plant. The two non-photograph items consist of one handwritten note and one newspaper clipping. The note is from the Great Lakes and Inland Waterways, and contains information pertaining to the Coast Guard’s connection to the atomic merchant ship and who built the ship. The note also contains information about the cost, length, height, weight, occupancy and maximum speed of the vessel. The newspaper clipping is from The Evening Star (Washington, DC, 10/29/1971) and discusses the retirement and eventual fate of the ship. For more details, see container list. Note: The U.S. Coast Guard’s original photo number is included on the list.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The NS SAVANNAH was the world’s first nuclear powered merchant vessel. Construction began in 1956 in Camden, New Jersey by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation. The vessel was part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative and was a joint project between the Maritime Administration of the Department of Commerce and the Atomic Energy Commission. The ship was christened by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower on July 21, 1959, and was launched on March 23, 1962. The NS SAVANNAH was in service from March 1962 until October 1971.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    February 2, 2005, 24 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Collection (1959 - 1971) relating to the launching and retirement of NS SAVANNAH, the first nuclear merchant vessel commissioned after marine inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard, including photographic prints and captions, notes, and clippings (No. 265-59 [Set of 22] Photo series 072259-01 - 072259-22). See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Robert M. Browning, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    February 14, 2006, 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Photographic print (ca. 1959) of the NS SAVANNAH, the first nuclear merchant vessel commissioned after marine inspection by the U. S. Coast Guard, including a caption and cut-away view of her nuclear power plant. Black & white. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Robert M. Browning, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    November 5, 2012, (unprocessed addition 2) 5 items, 0.005 cubic feet; Included are five photographs of the NS Savannah taken while the nuclear-powered merchant vessel was at the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, VA, during February 1962. Four of the photographs are official Coast Guard photographs taken on February 2nd and the fifth photograph is a Polaroid shot taken from the USCG Cutter Cuyahoga. Donor: Robert M. Browning, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Robert M. Browning, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    NS Savannah Collection (#1022), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Lindsay Flood April 2008

    Processed by Adam Nye April 2006

Container List

  • Box 1
     
    • Folder a
       
      Close up of starboard bow of NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-01 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; undated (item 1)
      Propeller and rudder of NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-02 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 2)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller (facing camera). Photo series: 072259-04 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 4)
      Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower being escorted by Mr. Louis Wolfson to ceremonial rail. Merchant Marine Academy honor guard render salute, as MMA band plays at left. Photo series: 072259-05 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 5)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller being interviewed by news representative as Mr. Harry W. Pierce, of New York Shipbuilding Corp. stands by. Photo series: 072259-06 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 6)
      Overall view of ceremonial rail and audience. Photo series: 072259-07 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 7)
      Overall view of crowd showing Mrs. Eisenhower (front row, seated second from left) Photo series: 072259-08 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 8)
      Mr. Edward E. Teale, President of New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-09 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 9)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-10 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 10)
      Master of Ceremonies Mr. Harry W. Pierce, Vice Chairman of the Board, New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-11 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 11)
      Honorable Herbert C. Bonner of North Carolina, Chairman, House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-12 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 12)
      Honorable Oren Harris of Arkansas, Chairman, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-13 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 13)
      Presentation of sponsor. Mr. Louis E. Wolfson, Chairman of the Board, New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-14 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 14)
      Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mr. Louis E. Wolfson (her escort) at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-15 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 15)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-16 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 16)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Teale on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-17 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 17)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort flanked by Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Teale on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-18 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 18)
      Mrs. Eisenhower christening the NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-19 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 19)
      Mrs. Eisenhower stands back as NS SAVANAH starts to slide down ways. Photo series: 072259-20 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 20)
      NS SAVANNAH sliding down ways. Photo series: 072259-21 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 21)
      NS SAVANNAH sliding down ways. Photo series: 072259-22 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 22)
      Photographic print (ca. 1959) of NS SAVANNAH, the first nuclear merchant vessel commissioned after marine inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard, including a caption and cutaway view of her nuclear power plant. Black and white. 1 item. 1 p. (item 23)
      Note on NS SAVANNAH from Great Lakes and Inland Waterways, Dec. 1957, p. 3. (n.d.) 1 item 1 p. (item 24)
      Clipping: "Savannah to be Museum: First Nuclear Merchant Ship Retired," The Evening Star, [Washington, DC] (10/29/1971) 1 item. 1 p. (item 25)
    4 official photographs (2/2/1962) of NS Savannah at the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, Va. Polaroid shot of sailors' families aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga bidding farewell to the NS Savannah at Yorktown, Va.

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Container List

  • Box 1
     
    • Folder a
       
      Close up of starboard bow of NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-01 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; undated (item 1)
      Propeller and rudder of NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-02 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 2)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller (facing camera). Photo series: 072259-04 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 4)
      Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower being escorted by Mr. Louis Wolfson to ceremonial rail. Merchant Marine Academy honor guard render salute, as MMA band plays at left. Photo series: 072259-05 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 5)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller being interviewed by news representative as Mr. Harry W. Pierce, of New York Shipbuilding Corp. stands by. Photo series: 072259-06 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 6)
      Overall view of ceremonial rail and audience. Photo series: 072259-07 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 7)
      Overall view of crowd showing Mrs. Eisenhower (front row, seated second from left) Photo series: 072259-08 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 8)
      Mr. Edward E. Teale, President of New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-09 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 9)
      Secretary of Commerce Frederick H. Mueller at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-10 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 10)
      Master of Ceremonies Mr. Harry W. Pierce, Vice Chairman of the Board, New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-11 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 11)
      Honorable Herbert C. Bonner of North Carolina, Chairman, House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-12 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 12)
      Honorable Oren Harris of Arkansas, Chairman, House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-13 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 13)
      Presentation of sponsor. Mr. Louis E. Wolfson, Chairman of the Board, New York Shipbuilding Corp., at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-14 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 14)
      Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mr. Louis E. Wolfson (her escort) at speaker's stand. Photo series: 072259-15 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 15)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-16 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 16)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Teale on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-17 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 17)
      Mrs. Eisenhower and escort flanked by Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Teale on christening platform. Photo series: 072259-18 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 18)
      Mrs. Eisenhower christening the NS SAVANNAH. Photo series: 072259-19 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 19)
      Mrs. Eisenhower stands back as NS SAVANAH starts to slide down ways. Photo series: 072259-20 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 20)
      NS SAVANNAH sliding down ways. Photo series: 072259-21 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 21)
      NS SAVANNAH sliding down ways. Photo series: 072259-22 and caption. 1 item. 2 p.; 7/21/1959 (item 22)
      Photographic print (ca. 1959) of NS SAVANNAH, the first nuclear merchant vessel commissioned after marine inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard, including a caption and cutaway view of her nuclear power plant. Black and white. 1 item. 1 p. (item 23)
      Note on NS SAVANNAH from Great Lakes and Inland Waterways, Dec. 1957, p. 3. (n.d.) 1 item 1 p. (item 24)
      Clipping: "Savannah to be Museum: First Nuclear Merchant Ship Retired," The Evening Star, [Washington, DC] (10/29/1971) 1 item. 1 p. (item 25)
    4 official photographs (2/2/1962) of NS Savannah at the Coast Guard Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, Va. Polaroid shot of sailors' families aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga bidding farewell to the NS Savannah at Yorktown, Va.


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