Plaque Unveiled on N.S. Savannah Honors Jon Stouky, founder of the Nuclear Ship Savannah Association
Plaque in Honor of Jon Stoucky,
Ceremonial Presentation by:
– Stanley Wheatley (Kings Point Alumnae Class of 1947 (KP ’47)) – first Chief Engineer of the N.S. Savannah
– Wayne Britz (KP ’66) – Chairman & President – Nuclear Ship Savannah Association (NSSA)
– Erhard Koehler – MARAD, Manager of N.S. Savannah Technical Programs
(L to R) Stanley Wheatley (KP ’47) – first Chief Engineer of the N.S. Savannah, Erhard Koehler – MARAD, Manager of N.S. Savannah Technical Programs, Wayne Britz (KP ’66) – Chairman & President – Nuclear Ship Savannah Association (NSSA)
(L to R) Cake # 1 – Paul “Chip” Jaenichen – Deputy Maritime Administrator assists Sarah Stouky (Granddaughter of the late NSSA Chairman Jon Stouky, as Gary G. Hicks (KP ’76) – President, KP Chesapeake Chapter, and Anne Marshall (daughter of Captain Harry Marshall (KP ’44) observes.
Honorary Cutting included: Susan Gibbs (SS UNITED STATES CONSERVANCY (SSUSC http://www.ssusc.org), granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs), Anne Marshall (daughter of Captain Harry Marshall (KP ’44), Sarah Stouky (Granddaughter of the late NSSA Chairman Jon Stouky, Concetta Cannon (wife of the late Tom Cannon (KP ’55) – retired Chief Engineer of N.S. Savannah, Stanley Wheatley (KP ’47) – first Chief Engineer of the N.S. Savannah, Wayne Britz (KP ’66) – Chairman & President – Nuclear Ship Savannah Association (NSSA)
Submitted by Larry Kenworthy, NSSA
Lego™ Teach Fleet
Curious about what the Port of Baltimore does and what it takes to transport people and goods?
Then you’ll want to bring the family to this free event!
Maritime Expo & Career Fair on National Maritime Day
Saturday, 18 May 2013
10 AM – 3 PM
Pier 13 Canton, 4601 Newgate Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.
Take O’Donnell or Boston Street to Newkirk Street. Follow Newkirk Street, South to end and Turn Right onto Newgate Avenue. Follow Event parking Signs. Handicap Parking: From Newgate Ave., Turn Left onto Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (moored just behind grain elevator), proceed down pier to N.S. SAVANNAH.
I-95 South towards FT McHenry Tunnel or
I-95 North transiting the FT McHenry Tunnel (Toll $3)-get in RIGHT LANE as exit is immediate!!
EXIT #56 – Keith Ave.
Turn LEFT at traffic light onto New Vail Street.
Proceed to traffic light and turn Right to Newgate Ave. and follow Directions for Event Parking
Handicap Parking: From Newgate Ave., Turn Left onto Pier 13, Canton Marine Terminal (moored just behind grain elevator), proceed down pier to N.S. SAVANNAH.
Special Baltimore City Bus Event Shuttle to Pier 13: Leaves from First Mariner Bank at intersection of Clinton Street, corner of Boston, red curb that serve routes 11 and 13: leaves on the half hour from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm to Pier 13. Returns from Pier 13 on the hour: starting at 10 am to 3 pm with the last bus leaving at 3:30 pm.
P R O G R A M:
- See the Lego™ Teach Fleet and ship models, visit heritage organizations that preserve the maritime history of the port, and enjoy activities.
- There will be numerous small craft; tugs, survey vessels, patrol craft, pilot boats, training vessels, and the N.S. Savannah open for tours. Visiting ships are not handicap accessible; close-toe shoes are required for boarding all vessels.
- he Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies will provide information about the training and experience needed in the maritime industry as well as the bevy of careers that provide administrative support, marketing, finances, and more.
- At 11 am, help commemorate National Maritime Day aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah.
- Food vendors will be available.
- Parking is Free.
If you would like to be an exhibitor or sponsor this unique event, please contact: steamboatcompany at yahoo.com
Association of Maryland Pilots
Baltimore Port Alliance
Baltimore Maritime Exchange
Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company
with special thanks to the N.S. Savannah
Thank you to All who Helped to Make the 2012 Annual Meeting a Success!
R. Jon Stouky, a friend of the Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company (B&CSC), a former N/S SAVANNAH shipmate and present-day maritime preservationist passed away at age 74 on October 2, 2012, in Florida.
Jon is well known for his association with the SAVANNAH. Members of the B&CSC had the pleasure of working with Jon in July of 2009 during the 50th anniversary of the SAVANNAH’s launch. The B&CSC has been a part of the SAVANNAH’s annual National Maritime Day recognition every year since then, helping with logistics and programming, serving as docents, and creating the wreaths for its annual wreath-laying ceremony.
Many know that Jon served in several capacities with the SAVANNAH, both underway and shore-side, in its nuclear program back when both he and the ship were in their youth starting in 1962. He then went on to a 51-year career in the commercial nuclear industry, founding Mega-Tech Services, Inc. in 1988. Decommissioning, maintenance, and operational aspects of nuclear power plant management were areas of specific expertise for Jon, including spent nuclear fuel handling and storage and waste processing. In addition, he developed techniques and tools for the processing of irradiated and contaminated equipment and components. He also authored several books and reports concerning nuclear issues.
Managing the radiological and non-radiological support for the characterization program on the U.S. Army Nuclear Barge STURGIS, Jon also served as Project Manager for the barge’s contractor engineering support services in the Panama Canal Zone and preliminary decommissioning efforts.
Jon was involved in reviewing and recommending options to a nuclear utility company regarding the development of an Interim Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) and the selection of appropriate spent fuel storage containers.
Jon came back to his roots just at the turn of the 21st century and was the driving force behind the United States Maritime Administration’s (MARAD’s) decision to finally “do something” with the SAVANNAH.
It is difficult to say whether or not MARAD ever would have done the things that were accomplished over the past decade if it weren’t for Jon’s dedication and encouragement. The maritime community will forever be in his debt.
Jon’s presence can be felt throughout the SAVANNAH. Every day, entering through the sideport hatch into the Main Lobby, visitors are surrounded by what Jon was able to accomplish. The original orange space-age couch that he had reupholstered; Admiral McCready’s uniform and memorabilia; the builder’s model of the Nuclear Ship SAVANNAH that he acquired at a Christie’s auction in 2007; the master model of the original 1819 Steam Ship SAVANNAH that he had commissioned many years ago; the re-dedicated landmark plaque displays — all of these are tangible evidence of Jon’s devotion to the ship.
Many who have or will experience the SAVANNAH’s grandeur should be grateful for the people like Jon who cared so very much for her in the past. It is a tremendous legacy.
We in the maritime heritage community send our sincerest condolences to Jon’s family, especially thanking his wife, Martha, and sons, Kevin and Joseph, and their families, as well as Jon’s friends and colleagues, and the current staff of the SAVANNAH and its Association for sharing him with us. May we continue to restore the SAVANNAH as Jon envisioned when he first plied the waters aboard her.
N/S SAVANNAH ASSOCIATION Board of Directors
Jon Stouky – Former Chairman
Jon [was most recently] serving as Nuclear Advisor and acting Facility and Site Manager for the N.S. Savannah decommissioning project. He has been involved with the N.S. Savannah in various capacities since 1962 when he helped establish the Galveston, TX service facilities and commissioned the NSV ATOMIC SERVANT (service barge). Jon was licensed on the reactor and assisted in returning the N.S. Savannah to service in 1963-64 managing special maintenance and engineering functions. He joined NUS in 1966 and worked in executive positions for several major nuclear contractors until he formed Mega-Tech Services, Inc. in 1988. He was responsible for managing the radiological characterization of the ship in 2005.
Special thanks to N/S SAVANNAH’sProject Director and Jon’s long-time friend, Erhard Koehler of MARAD, for providing some of the information used in this announcement.
The State of Maryland and the people of the Chesapeake Region hereby recognize with great appreciation Captain James William Smith for his 32 distinguished years of service to the Baltimore City Fire Department, and those who have greatly benefited from his years of watchful service. Captain Smith has been a staunch proponent for protecting the people of Baltimore and the port, contributing his knowledge, skills and abilities to our Maritime Community and aiding the development and implementation of the 2007 first-line hazardous materials vessel, the “John R. Frazier,” a Regional Response Watercraft for port protection with homeland security capabilities including emergency medical treatment, personnel decontamination, command post, and communications capabilities on the water.
Fair winds, following seas, and a clear horizon, Capt. Smith.
The Baltimore & Chesapeake Steamboat Company, Inc. formed in 2005 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization to preserve, interpret and support the industrial maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay Region. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The B&CSC traces its roots back to its members’ long-standing efforts to preserve the last coal-fired steam tug in American, the 1906 tug BALTIMORE. The BALTIMORE is owned and maintained by the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
B&CSC acquired its first historic vessel in 2011, the 1940 M/V CHARLES D. GAITHER. The GAITHER is the first all-steel vessel in the Baltimore City Police Department’s fleet and is a wonderful gift of Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Johnson.
The organization is active in participating and sponsoring a variety of events, lectures, and programs. There is something here for everyone. We are an all-volunteer group that Goes Places and Does Things!
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