Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 49

HMS Victory

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 02, 2005 on The History Channel
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HMS Victory
The HMS Victory would play a crucial role in the foremost naval engagement in 19th century maritime history, the battle of Trafalgar. This victory was so decisive that no fleet challenged Britain's Royal Navy for more than one hundred years. Built with enough wood to cover the Empire State Building one and a half times, propelled by wind and firing solid shots from smooth bored muzzle-loading canons, ships like HMS Victory ruled the waves for over two centuries. Manned by a crew of 850 and capable of firing one and a half tons of iron shot in a single devastating broadside, these eighteenth century floating fortresses were as complex and sophisticated in their day as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is today. Using color re-enactments and the actual recollections of those who fought on board, this profile goes below the decks of the famous warship.moreless
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      • Not only is the HMS Victory the oldest commissioned ship of the British Royal Navy, it is also the oldest serving ship of any navy in the world.

      • Two items kept under lock and key on Royal Navy ships were guns and rum. Likened to dynamite, the rum was said to have been five times stronger than the rum made today.

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      • Cast:

        Dr. Aryeh Nusbacher
        Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

        Prof. Andrew Lambert
        Kings College, London

        Lucy Moore

        Narrator: Greg Stebner
        Music: Ian Lynn

        Thanks To:
        The Monmouth Museum, Nelson Collection

        Alex Naylor
        Barry Abrook
        Liam Conroy
        Lee Graves
        Mark Lewis
        Matt Ashcroft
        Nicholas Vasey
        Paul Bell
        Robin Holman
        Sam Foot
        Steve Plummer
        Tony Brown
        Tom Brown

        Camera: Richard Terry
        Camera: Lee Pullbrook
        Camera: David Meadows
        2nd Unit Camera: Chris Barham
        Sound: Chris Stanway
        Sound: James Thompson
        Dubbing Mixer: Nigel Read
        Online Editor: Paul Fallon
        Graphics: Simon Lower
        Graphics: Ed Niblett
        Graphics: Oliver Baker
        Researcher: Catherine Lewendon
        Film Research: David Smith
        Film Research: Emma Bolton
        Production Co-ordinator: Clare Moriarty
        Production Team: Adam Pannell
        Production Team: Alex Roberts
        Production Team: Amir Esaili
        Production Team: Merrick Trevaskis
        Production Team: Sophie Dewing
        Production Accountant: Marilyn Freeman
        Head of Production: Tim Ball
        Associate Producer: David Caldwell-Evans
        Production Manager: Rachel Naughton
        Film Editor: Owen Parker
        Producer: Taylor Downing
        Writer: Paul Nelson
        Director: Paul Nelson

        Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox
        Executive Producer: Dolores Gavin

        Produced: Flashback Television

      • This wasn't a normal episode of Modern Marvels. It had re-enactments and was from the Heavy Metal series. You will, however, find the DVD available under the Modern Marvels section on the History Channel website.

        In the ending credits, it even mentioned it was from the Heavy Metal series.

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