Monday, August 07, 2006
The Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship, will be rescued from the James River "Ghost Fleet" and restored by a Norfolk shipyard. Colonna's Shipyard won a nearly one million dollar contract to repair and spruce up the maritime relic. The ship is a national historic landmark that has been anchored for years among the rusting hulks of the Reserve Fleet.The ship will be towed to Colonna's on August 15th. The work is the first step in a larger government plan to remove the inactive nuclear reactor, scrub all remnant radiation, and prepare the ship for a new mission. The Savannah arrived at the fleet near Newport News in 1994, following a stint at a maritime museum in Charleston, South Carolina.