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The Ghost Fleet: Updating a piece of history

The Ns Savannah rests beside the Sturgis Barge (right) which are both anchored with the James River Reserve Fleet. The Sturgis Barge was formerly a World War II Liberty ship and was converted to house a nuclear power plant. The mobile reactor, built in 1966 went on line in early 1967. It was towed to the Panama Canal Zone where it supplied power to the Panama Canal Zone electrical grid from 1968-1976. The power plant has been deactivated with nuclear fuel removed and radiological contamination minimized and contained. Adrin Snider / Daily Press