Titanic, the ill-fated ship built by hand nearly 100 years ago, is set to be recast before the eyes of a national audience.
National Geographic Channel's Rebuilding Titanic will give viewers an inside view into the painstaking methodology it takes to recreate the infamous "unsinkable" ship, which launched its fateful maiden voyage in 1912. A team of expert metal workers and engineers will attempt to rebuild the ship in the same fashion as the 3,000 workers did early in the 20th century. The team includes steelworker Dave Wilkes, design engineer Yewende Akinola, former aerospace engineer Brendan Walker, and Luke Perry; an industrial artist and traditional metalworker.
Premiering June 20 at 9 p.m. (ET), the two-hour special will depict the group participating in complicated old-school engineering and construction endeavors, which include bending an 8-foot piece of heated steel made to craft the bottom of Titanic's bow. The team will adhere to the same rigorous rules and physically demanding hours in an attempt to recreate the experience the first builders of the ship endured.
The team then will re-engineer with cutting-edge technology used to indulge the Titanic's first class passengers, including constructing the electric "horse" used in the original Titanic to stimulate horseback riding for an on-board exercise experience. Finally, the descendants of the ships crew and passengers will be able to indulge in the first- class dining experience of the original passengers through an original electric oven. While guests enjoy an elaborate multicourse meal, the team toils behind the scenes shoveling nearly four tons of coal into a furnace to create enough electricity to power the oven, the electric horse and all of the lights that shine on the tribute dinner.
Rebuilding Titanic is produced by Twenty Twenty Television for National Geographic Channel.
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