The World’s First Nuclear Merchant Ship – NS Savannah

The United States' first and only nuclear-powered merchant vessel was designed in hopes of finding peaceful uses for nuclear energy as part of President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace program in the 1950s. The ship was launched on 21 July 1959 at a cost of $46.9 million, which included a $28.3 million nuclear reactor and fuel core. At 596-feet-long she was the pride of the … [Read more...]

Crew Seizes Ship Back From Somali Pirates

M/V RIM IMO: 7328554 – photo via SHIPSPOTTING » Crew of the hijacked MV RIM retake control from Pirates, EU NAVFOR warship SPS VICTORIA gives medical support Today at 1010 local time, the hijacked Libyan owned merchant vessel RIM reported that the crew had successfully retaken control of the ship.  One crew member was seriously injured during the incident. The … [Read more...]

China Recovers 800 Year Old Ship

Archaeologists in China have just salvaged an 800 year old ship from the South China Sea. The Associated Press tells us; After 800 years at the bottom of the sea, a merchant ship loaded with porcelain and other rare antiques was raised to the surface Friday in a specially built basket, a state news agency reported. The Nanhai No. 1, which means "South China Sea No. 1," sank … [Read more...]