Modern Marvels

Super Ships

Season 16, Ep 12, Aired 4/29/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Take a journey into the world of super sized, super strong, super unique ships. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography takes viewers out to sea to see how their FLIP research vessel flips a full 90 degrees, sinking over three quarters of its 355-foot length. In Miami, go behind the scenes of one of the largest cruise ships in the world. In California, step onboard the Navy's newest, most advanced transport ship and take a spin in one of America's strongest and greenest tugboats. In Boston, venture into the frigid world of an LNG carrier, transporting enough natural gas to power a million homes for an entire week. In Maine, hop on "the Cat," the fastest car ferry in North America--it's a huge twin-hulled catamaran. Finally, learn how a ship that looks like an enormous spider on water may someday save livesmoreless

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: They're the cities of the sea and the power players of the ports. Some know how to water ski while others look right out of science fiction. A few carry enough frigid energy to heat 30,000 homes, for a year. Some are as sophisticated as they are practical and one will even flip you out. Now, Super Ships, on Modern Marvels.

    Trivia (4)

    • The FLIP has easily withstood waves of up to 80 feet during its more that 300 missions.

    • With just over 300 ships in the fleet, LNG carriers still represent only a fraction of the more than 4200 oil tankers currently traveling the world's oceans.

    • In one week on the Liberty of the Seas the ships crew prepares over 100,000 meals and 90,000 desserts.

    • The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world, with a fleet tonnage greater than the next 17 largest navies combined.

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