National Geographic Channel Presents Rebuilding Titanic

Tonight on National Geographic Channel, a two-hour program on rebuilding the RMS Titanic from scratch. A group of engineers and laborers set out to rebuild the ship. You know about the story of the ill-fated Titanic, it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York in 1912 killing more than 1,500 people on board.

Tonight’s program will look at how the engineers try to recreate the Titanic and how the laborers struggle to build the ship using early 20th Century technology. I have a press release, a couple of pictures and some videos previewing what you’ll see tonight.

Rebuilding Titanic
Monday, June 20 at 9PM ET/PT (Two Hour Special on National Geographic Channel)

National Geographic Channel (NGC) sets out to re-create iconic sections of Titanic, rebuilding massive parts of the ship by hand.  A team of expert metalworkers and engineers will overcome the extreme conditions and challenges faced by the dedicated laborers who originally toiled to create the biggest, most luxurious ship the world had ever seen in the two-hour special Rebuilding Titanic, premiering Monday, June 20, at 9PM ET/PT.  This effort joins National Geographic’s long line of projects exploring this infamous ship, which began with its discovery in 1985 by Dr. Robert Ballard, a National Geographic Explorer in Residence. In the first hour of Rebuilding Titanic, the team must bend an 8-foot piece of steel heated to 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit to craft the bottom third of Titanic’s massive bow to full scale. The second hour of Rebuilding Titanic, finds the team re-engineering the cutting-edge technology used to indulge Titanic’s first-class passengers with a luxurious travel experience.

Belfast, UK: Spencer and Luke standing in front of the partially completed bow, giving the size of the ship perspective. (Photo Credit:  © Twenty-Twenty Television/James Baker)

Netherton, UK: Closer shot from above of the anchor on the dray with a few horses & handlers. (Photo Credit: ©Twenty-Twenty Television/Bill Stephenson)

Extended Scene “Historical Birth Control” – Yewande Akinola, a design engineer, finds out just how rudimentary birth control was in Edwardian times – including a reusable condom made of sheep intestine.

Video “Titanic Phys Ed” – Engineers recreate the electric horse, part of Titanic’s fully equipped gym – where women were required to don full dress during exercise.

Video “Titanic Craftsmanship” – Yewande Akinola, a design engineer, tries her hand at the delicate art of traditional flat glassmaking – another painstaking element of the Titanic design.

Last but not least, please check out the “Rebuilding Titanic” interactive timeline, which features a host of photos and videos:

Rebuilding Titanic airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic

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