- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: June 15, 2005
Decades before the "Big Dig," another Massachusetts excavation made history.
- Meet the men and women who keep this vital link operational.
- See rare photos and footage of its construction.
- Go on patrol in the canal with the Coast Guard.
The passage around Cape Cod was difficult, unpredictable, and often deadly. Countless ships were wrecked and lives were lost navigating around the Cape's sandy shores. Though long dreamed of, the creation of the Cape Cod Canal was a feat that many believed impossible.
MODERN MARVELS® tells of the men who braved the natural elements and the Great Depression by venturing into new engineering territory. In 1909, excavation began on what would become one of the greatest success stories of our time. The evolution of the Cape Cod Canal into what it is today - a major commerce and recreational route of the Intra-coastal Waterway - is a tale of determination, ingenuity, and the American spirit. The Canal's story unfolds through historical photographs and expert interviews, and trips aboard an Army Corps of Engineers Patrol Boat and Coast Guard vessel reveal what happens in the Canal on a daily basis.