Nuclear powered ships and submarines of the USA, Russia, China, Japan, the UK, France, India and Brazil are described. That President Eisenhower’s ‘Atoms for Peace’ policy motivated the use of nuclear fuels in shipping in emphasised. Descriptions of the various pressurised water reactors are given, and the liquid metal (sodium) reactor also features. There are several related calculations and many illustrations. Very recently built submarines feature, including HMS Audacious which commenced sea trials in 2020. Cargo ships using nuclear fuel have been almost unknown, and this is discussed.
Clifford Jones has spent a working lifetime in teaching, research and writing on fuels and combustion. He has held academic posts in the UK and Australia and has held visiting posts in a number of countries including Kazakhstan. He has written 32 books and numerous papers and articles. He has major broadcasting experience.