The Re-Inventors

Season 1 Episode 4

Syrian Torpedo

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 13, 2010 on Smithsonian Channel
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Syrian Torpedo
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What looks like a giant egg, is full of gunpowder and is driven by rockets? It’s “The egg which moves itself and burns!” Designed towards the end of the Crusades, over 500 years before the modern torpedo, this revolutionary, self-propelled weapon was the brainchild of Hassan al-Rammah. If utilized, it could’ve sent the Crusaders fleet and their mission to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Join the Re-Inventors as they construct their own Syrian missile, using period materials from the 13th Century, and take aim at approaching invaders.moreless

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