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NS Savannah
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1960-1969 DateCreated: 1962 4601 Newgate Ave Baltimore State: MD Zip: 21224 Country: USA Website: https://www.asme.org/about-asme/who-we-are/engineering-history/landmarks/87-ns-savannah Creator: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Babcock & Wilcox Company

The N.S. Savannah was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey. The 74 maximum-power thermal megawatt pressurized-water reactor was supplied by the Babcock & Wilcox Company. Nearly 600 feet long with 22,000-tons displacement, the ship at top speed surged along at 24 knots, with more than 22,300 shaft horsepower to a single propeller. A joint venture by the U.S. Maritime Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission to the design of George G. Sharp Inc.

YearAdded:
1983
Image Credit: Public Domain (U.S. Government) Image Caption: NS Savannah Era_date_from: 1962
Hanford B Reactor
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Minerals Extraction & Refining Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1944 Hanford Site Sunnyside State: WA Zip: 98944 Country: USA Website: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/minerals-extraction-and-refining/-14-hanford-b-reactor-%281944%29 Creator: Fermi, Enrico , E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

The Hanford B-Reactor was the first plutonium production reactor to be placed in operation. Its success made possible the subsequent development of atomic energy. The research work, engineering, and planning required to make the reactor operate is one of our most advanced achievements. Much of the reactor core, cooling system, shielding, and auxiliary systems were designed by mechanical engineers.

YearAdded:
1976
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/David Lee (CC BY-SA 2.0) Image Caption: Hanford B Reactor Era_date_from: 1944
Hanford B Reactor
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Buildings Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1944 Near the Hanford Site Richland State: WA Zip: 98944 Country: USA Website: http://www.asce.org/Project/Hanford-B-Reactor/ Creator: Fermi, Enrico , E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

In the first nine months of operation, the B reactor produced fissionable plutonium for the world's first atomic bomb (the Trinity test on July 16, 1945), and for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945, killing 35,000 people.  This, and similar destruction at Hiroshima caused by the atomic bomb dropped three days earlier, hastened the end of World War II.

YearAdded:
1993
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/David Lee (CC BY-SA 2.0) Image Caption: Hanford B Reactor Era_date_from: 1944
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