- 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: November 5, 2003
Visit Newport News, Virginia, to see where America's aircraft carriers are assembled.
- Maritime historians detail how ships have been made through the ages.
- Extraordinary footage documents the rise of the American shipbuilding industry.
- Visit the yards where today's most sophisticated vessels are built.
They are among the most complicated, sophisticated and biggest industrial facilities ever made, where thousands of men work together to fashion the largest machines in the world. But in America, they are a vanishing species.
From ancient times through the Industrial Revolution to today, MODERN MARVELS® travels the world to tell the complete story of SHIPYARDS. Tour the great English yards that helped turn the island nation into a world power, and see how World War II helped revolutionize the American industry. Footage of yards like the one in Bath, Maine--which could produce a destroyer every 13 days--highlights the extraordinary strides made during the war years, and experts chronicle later advancements like modular construction that made the work safer, faster and more flexible. Visit the Northrop Grumman Newport News yard that produces aircraft carriers, and see what--and where--the new era of shipbuilding will lead.