NS Savannah

Photo of the NS Savannah
The NS Savannah is the first nuclear-powered merchant ship and was made in an attempt to use nuclear power for non-war-related reasons (Atoms for Peace initiative). The ship was christened in 1959 and is currently undergoing the Section 106 process.

The Maritime Administration wants to decommission the ship and has determined three possible outcomes: turning it into a museum, reefing it, or dismantling it.

The decommissioning of the vessel will require the nuclear components to be removed, affecting historically significant sections of the ship.


The process is still ongoing

So What?

This project shows that the Section 106 process does not only apply to historic properties but can apply to other objects and sites of historic value, such as vehicles.