Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 56

Shipyards

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 05, 2003 on The History Channel
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Shipyards are waterside construction sites where some of the largest tools ever built help create the biggest machines on earth.
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      • Of all the vessels built in shipyards during World War II, the merchant ships proved to be the most deadly. As many as one out of every 26 mariners who manned the ships were killed, a greater percentage than in any U.S. service.

      • The Hoagie Sandwich was most likely named after and first eaten by workers at the Hog Island Shipyard in Philadelphia who were nicknamed "Hoggies."

      • Built in 1833, the first U.S. dry dock is still in use today as part of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

      • The gantry crane in the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard is the largest in the Western Hemisphere.

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      • Commentators:

        Scott Stabler
        VP, Aircraft Carriers

        Bob Hickman
        Carrier Construction Superintendent

        Jennings Spease
        Crane Engineering Supervisor

        Prof. Bob Hohlfelder
        Archaeologist, University of Colorado

        Shelley Wachsmann, PhD
        Archaeologist, Texas A&M University

        Captain Rick Hepburn, U.S. Navy (Ret)
        Author, History of American Naval Dry Docks

        Prof. Arthur Donovan
        Historian, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

        Thomas R. Wilcox, Jr
        Executive Director, Maine Maritime Museum

        Nathan R. Lipfert
        Library Director, Maine Maritime Museum

        Anne Witty
        Curator, Maine Maritime Museum

        Prof. John Tuttle
        Engineering Department, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

        Prof. Michael R. Ales
        Engineering Department, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

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