Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 12

Titanic Tech

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2003 on The History Channel
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Welcome aboard the luxury liner Titanic, the world's largest ship and pride of the White Star Line. Watertight compartments and a steel-plated hull render it all but unsinkable. Nearly every technological breakthrough of the previous 50 years is employed onboard, providing comfort and safety for passengers and crew. But none of this will matter on April 15, 1912, when the ship bears down on an iceberg on her maiden voyage, sinking within hours with more than 1,500 lives lost. Learn the details of her construction and how the achievements of technology may have masked her vulnerabilities.moreless

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      • Originally, the Titanic's newer sister ship was to be called the Gigantic. But after the Titanic sank, the hull, which was already under construction, was renamed Britannic to avoid the appearance of arrogance.

      • Cargo on the Titanic included a new Renault automobile, 300 cases of walnuts, two barrels of mercury, and a single, rare, jewel-encrusted copy of the literary classic, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

      • The Titanic and the Olympic were so large that the White Star Piers in New York City had to be extended by 100 feet so that the ships could be berthed in the harbor.

      • Tradition dictated that the names of White Star ships end in "IC," as in Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic, just as the names of Cunard ships end in "IA," as in Mauretania and Lusitania.

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      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Producer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Editor: Jason Steinberg
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Production Manager: Gary Reid
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Assistant Editor: Eric Sievering
        Post Production Coordinator: Danny Kim
        Post Production Assistant: Laura Steinhoff
        Camera: David Baumber
        Camera: Mark Kochis
        Camera: George Odell
        Camera: Jesse Phinney
        Camera: Doug Snowden
        Field Audio: Stephen Gmeiner
        Field Audio: Tommy Lee
        Field Audio: Tom Sykes
        Online Editor: Arthur Klein
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Historical Consultant: Ken Marschall
        Historical Consultant: Parks Stephenson
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll

        Special Thanks:
        Ken Marschall
        Bill Sauder
        Parks Stephenson
        Fr. Roberto Perrone
        Los Angeles Maritime Museum

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

      • This originally aired during a Titanic Tech special hosted by Bill Paxton.

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