- 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: July 30, 2003
Far more than just platforms, these ubiquitous facilities are the key to the modern transportation industry.
It doesn't really matter how the goods arrive--whether they are coming by plane, train, truck or ship, they will be processed at LOADING DOCKS. And though most of us never give these structures and facilities a second thought, those in the transportation industry realize that they are at the heart of their business.
Even at the ancient ports of Greece and Egypt, workers used simple technologies like the lever and the barrel to help make the arduous task of unloading vessels easier. And standardized containers--like the amphora that litter the Mediterranean bottom--made packing and unpacking ships easier. The modern amphora is the shipping container. Developed in the '50s and '60s, these intermodal units can be lifted straight from ships and placed on trucks or railcars for delivery to their final destinations. They also make it possible, with the help of the massive cranes that dominate modern docks, to unload a freighter in as little as a couple of hours.
From bustling harbors to remote railheads and air-cargo facilities, MODERN MARVELS® leaves no industry untouched to trace the development of the vital transfer points that keep the wheels of commerce turning.