Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sailing the Savannah Seas

Magnet # 16:  Steamship Savannah Passing Riverstreet

Material:  Metal

Purchased by:  Me

Today is a big day in Savannah, nautically speaking.  Back in 1818, the Steamship Savannah was launched on this day.  And later, in 1962, the Nuclear Ship Savannah arrived in the city on August 22, completing its maiden voyage from New York.  Both were pretty special - the SS Savannah was the first steamship to make it across the Atlantic.  And the NS Savannah was the first nuclear-powered cargo passenger ship ever.

How cool is this magnet!  It's the SS Savannah, so it's perfect for this post.  But, best of all, it has a track that the little ship can move back and forth on - it's interactive!  I know this is the only moving magnet in my collection.  And I don't think I've seen any others like it on the web.

I got it here in Savannah, at the Ships of the Sea Museum.  It's a neat little collection located in the historic Scarbrough House.  And whose home was it, originally?  William Scarbrough, shipping merchant, President of the Savannah Steamship Company, and, most importantly, one of the principal owners of the SS Savannah.  Unfortunately, the SS Savannah turned out to be a financial disaster and Scarbrough later lost everything, including his home.  It passed through many a hand, eventually falling into ruin.  Thank goodness the Ships of the Maritime Museum finally acquired it in 1995, restoring and reopening it in 1997.  This home is gorgeous!  It's a Greek Revival home, so there are columns everywhere.  And there are also beautiful, tiled floors.  It's worth seeing this Museum just for the building alone.

But then there's the collection.  Ships of the Sea is filled with items focusing on the Atlantic shipping era of the 17th and 18th centuries.  There are paintings and antiques of all kinds - equipment, ships in bottles, ship wheels - even figureheads.  And let's not forget the models.  They have over twenty amazingly intricate model ships.  I cannot imagine how much time was spent assembling them.  Some of them are large enough to fill a room.  The Titanic is among them.  And, of course, the SS Savannah is as well.  If you're curious, give their site a visit at

No comments:

Post a Comment