- 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: September 14, 1999
From papyrus vessels to computer modeling, trace the history of man's quest to build a better boat.
The ancient Egyptians fashioned seaworthy boats from papyrus reeds. Polynesian islanders may have crossed the Pacific on vessels of lashed together logs. Today, shipyards fashion supertankers as long as skyscrapers are tall and nuclear submarines capable of staying submerged for over a year!
HIGH TECH, HIGH SEAS presents a fascinating chronicle of man's quest to build the perfect boat. Visit world-famous maritime museums where some of the rarest vessels on earth are preserved, from Viking longboats to historic sailing ships. Trace the development of new designs and construction techniques over the years, as wood gave way to metal, oars to wind, wind to steam, and intuition to computer modeling. Go inside a modern naval architect's studio for an up-close look at how a ship is born, then visit the yard where the dream is made real. And hear from the architects, engineers and laborers who make it happen.