National Geographic : 1958 Sep
National Geographic Photographer Thomas J. Abercrombie (above) and U. S. Department of Commerce Atom-powered supertanker model goes on dis play in Chicago. The proposed ship would weigh 50,000 tons and deliver 20,000 horsepower. Atomics International, the designer, intends to use a liquid hydrocarbon, oil-like in appearance, to circulate heat from the reactor. American engineer Edward G. Lowell (left) explains the model to Victor Spitsyn, a Moscow scientist. 312 Nuclear Ship Savannah, under construction for 1960 delivery to the U. S. Maritime Administration, will carry 60 passengers and cruise at 20 knots, refuel ing only once every two to three years. Pressurized water will distribute the reactor's heat to the ship's boiler. This model has been attracting attention in the U. S. pavilion at the World's Fair in Brussels.