- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, 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: May 22, 2000
Set sail aboard one of only two operational Liberty Ships and see how maritime treasures like it are threatened with extinction.
Historical preservation does not stop at the water's edge. S.O.S.: SAVE OUR SHIPS goes to the yards where floating treasures of the nation's past are being restored and talks with the activists and aficionados who are determined to preserve our maritime heritage.
Power down Chesapeake Bay aboard the John W. Brown, one of only two operational Liberty Ships--the no-frills freighters that were integral to the Allied victory in WWII. See the majestic Coronet in Newport, Rhode Island. The last of the great Victorian schooner yachts, the Coronet was the first American yacht to round Cape Horn. Despite decades of idleness and neglect, she retains much of her historic structure, including elegant mahogany cabinetry below decks. And visit the C.A. Thayer, a popular attraction at the San Francisco waterfront that once again is facing extinction, despite being one of the few survivors of an age when sailing ships were workhorse freighters and lifelines of commerce.
From the skipjacks and bugeyes of Chesapeake Bay to the flagship of the U.S Navy during the Spanish-American War, countless historic vessels are at risk of disappearing forever.