National Geographic : 1962 Aug
coast, according to one account, the captain of the revenue cutter Kite first assumed the little Savannah was burning, then sent a shot across her bow when he found he couldn't overtake her in the light breeze. Her best speed under power alone was five knots. Even with firewood and coal piled on deck and no cargo at all, she could carry fuel for less than four days' steaming. She carried no passengers. Passengers were afraid of those early boilers, thought they might blow up. Some did. Nuclear Ship Has Elevators and Television A century and a half later, I stood on the swept-back, smokeless, funnel-less super structure of the modern Savannah. The big white ship moved effortlessly down the York 286 River, bound for the Gulf Stream to spend a few days there steaming up and down on builders' trials (pages 280, 292, and 296). I admired her grace of line and ease of motion. All 600 feet of her, she is an exciting ship. She is the handsomest new freighter I know-ultramodern from her streamlined hull to her 30 comfortable passenger cabins and her rapid-handling cargo gear. She can accommodate 60 passengers and 124 crew, and stow 10,000 tons of cargo. Five elevators carry crew, passengers, and stores. She has everything from a hospital to a swimming pool to a promenade deck ringing her up-to the-minute public rooms. Her ports are gen erous 30-inch windows; those on the prome nade deck have polarized glass to admit more or less light when rotated with a finger tip.