National Geographic : 1962 Aug
"Visible whistle" lights up as Savannah sounds her voice, enabling mariners who encounter the ship at night to see her signals as well as hear them. Streamlined superstructure gives Savannah a yachtlike look, but trim lines conceal a capacity for 10,000 tons of cargo. Five-bladed screw gives a top speed of 23 knots. An air-conditioning system cools all living spaces. This view looks forward from the stern mast as Savannah undergoes sea trials off North Carolina. Old salts swap sea stories on the flying bridge. Author Villiers (left), veteran of windjammers from Cape Horners to Mayflower II, joins Savan nah's skipper, Commodore Gaston De Groote. 292 To a man, the experts I talked with ap peared delighted with the way Savannah's tests were progressing. But I needed to know just what they were talking about. I am or was until then-a nuclear nitwit. All those color-coded controls and indi cators on the engine-room console are con fusing to a fellow used to the open outlook from a sailing ship's poop, with God's wind in the sails the only power. But I finally did learn how the Savannah works. Splitting Atoms Yield Vast Heat Heat is what makes the Savannah go just plain heat, lots of it. It comes from what I regard as a piece of the sun, man produced and man controlled, locked up in the reactor with its tremendous energy.