Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History is a Documentary programme.
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Shipwrecks: Britain's Sunken History
Series in which maritime historian Dr Sam Willis looks at how and why the shipwreck came to loom so large in British history. The terrible toll taken by shipwrecks was such that in the winter of 1820 some 20,000 seaman lost their lives in the North Sea alone. Dr Willis tells the stirring story of how the Victorians were finally driven into action, finding various ingenious solutions - from rockets that could fire rescue lines aboard stricken vessels to lifejackets, lifeboats and the Plimsoll Line, which outlawed overloading. In Africa, he traces the legend of the Birkenhead drill - the origin of 'women and children first'. Decorum even in disaster was the new Victorian way and it was conspicuously on hand to turn history's most iconic shipwreck - Titanic - into a tragic monument to British restraint. episode 3.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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