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. Mutiny, murder and mayhem on the high seas as Sam takes the story of shipwrecks into the Georgian age when Britain first began to rule the waves. But with maritime trade driving the whole enterprise, disasters at sea imperilled all this. As key colonies were established and new territories conquered, the great sailing ships became symbols of the power of the Georgian state - and the shipwreck was to be its Achilles' heel. By literally turning this world upside down, mutinous sailors, rebellious slaves and murderous wreckers threatened to undermine Britain's ambitions and jeopardise its imperial venture. episode 2.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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