Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 14

Ice Breakers

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2002 on The History Channel
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Ice Breakers
Icebreaker ships plow headlong into one of nature's most formidable barriers. MODERN MARVELS bundles up and goes for a sea tour aboard the toughest ships ever built, the massive icebreakers that can withstand hull pressures of 3,000 pounds per square inch. Experts like Gene Davis, the curator of the Coast Guard Museum NW, detail how these vessels have evolved from the age of sail, and how they have changed the way ships navigate in northern waters. Go on patrol with the USCG Cutter Mackinaw, one of the largest and oldest breakers working the vital North American fresh water shipping lanes, and then see the contrast as the USCG Healy, the newest Polar Class ice breaker in the American fleet, traverses the Northwest Passage on its maiden voyage. This is the story of the specialized ships that have turned the tables on one of the mariners' most ancient and implacable enemies.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • On August 17th, 1977, the nuclear powered Soviet icebreaker Arktika became the first surface vessel to break though to the North Pole.

      • A 2002 U.S. Navy report proposes that global warming is shrinking the Arctic ice cap so fast that the summer ice cover could vanish by 2050.

      • Captain Michael Healy, who commanded the cutter Bear from 1886 to 1895, was the first African-American to command a vessel for the United States government.

      • When the Mackinaw was designed in the 1940s, her role in the Great Lakes was deemed so vital that she was built too large to pass through the locks leading to the ocean.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They're the toughest ships in the water, plowing headlong into one of nature's hardest obsticals. A killer combination of mammoth horsepower, surgical precision and the strongest hulls on the open sea. Now, Icebreakers, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Cmdr. Don Triner
        United States Coast Guard

        Petty Officer Charles Rader
        United States Coast Guard

        Lt. Dan Leary
        United States Coast Guard

        Lt. Cmdr. Chuck Alcock
        United States Coast Guard

        Lt. Cmdr, John F. Comar
        United States Coast Guard

        Dennis L. Noble

        Dr. Robert Browning
        Chief Historian, USCG

        Gene Davis
        Curator, Coast Guard Museum, Northwest

        Capt. Bruce Toney
        Commanding Officer, USCGC Polar Sea

        Doug MacAyeal
        Professor of Glaciology

        Capt. Daniel Oliver
        Commanding Officer, USCGC Healy

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Robert Ziel
        Producer: Robert Ziel
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Lou Laprocido
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Researcher: Kristina Djokic
        Historical Consultant: Dr. Robert Browning, US Coast Guard
        Archivist: Nilda Jensen
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Camera: David Oglevie
        Camera: Paul Young
        Field Audio: Mark Hollensteiner
        Field Audio: Tony Winthrop
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Michael Lim
        Post Production Assistant: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathlene Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City Michigan
        U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy
        U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay
        U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Seggara

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