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Meet the NS Savannah: The Big U's New Neighbor

Since 1996, the SS United States has remained safely afloat at her berth in South Philadelphia, where she is looked after by her dedicated caretakers. As of last month, another historic vessel has taken up temporary residence in the Big U's neighborhood.

The NS Savannah is our nation's first (and only) nuclear-powered merchant ship, named for the SS Savannah — the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean is now in Philadelphia for repairs.

The NS Savannah was constructed in the 1950s as part of President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" initiative. She proudly operated for nine years before being retired from active service in 1972. From 1981 through 1994, the ship was docked in Mount Pleasant, SC, as part of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

Today, the historic vessel makes her residence in Baltimore, though she has been temporarily relocated to Philadelphia for dry dock maintenance at the city's Navy Yard. Once the maintenance has been completed, the Savannah will be returned to Baltimore, where plans are still being made for her future.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the NS Savannah.

The NS Savannah en route to the World's Fair in 1962.


The SS United States has created unforgettable memories for countless former passengers and crew. We can save this magnificent vessel for future generations, but we need your help.

Do you have memories of your time aboard America’s Flagship? Send us an email at

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