2019 08 21 15 00
It's the ultimate in muscle-power and mega-danger as Mega Movers dive into the abyss to raise sunken submarines, braving deadly radiation and nuclear warheads. Witness the untold story behind the recovery and move of the doomed Russian sub Kursk. Remarkable feats of engineering are put to the test with the epic struggle to raise the Civil War sub, the H.L. Hunley - the first submarine to sink a ship in battle. In another first, Mega Movers pull off something that's never been done - rescue survivors trapped inside a submarine 243 feet down on the seabed and then recover the sub itself. Finally, the remarkable story of moving one of history's most famous subs - the HMS Holland One... it never saw battle but single-handedly changed the course of both world wars.
2019 08 21 16 00
Moving An Airport
When you're a Mega Mover it's not just the white zone that's used for loading and unloading. The Denver International Airport - by land size it's the largest airport in America. Its enormous Landside Terminal, with its famed white peaked fabric roof, spans a million-and-a-half square feet. Imagine trying to move it someday. Farfetched? Not for a Mega Mover. Using the most heavy-lift equipment ever amassed for a move -- combined with an array of new technology -- the site of this structure cruising through the airport is a true miracle in motion. In New York, at JFK International Airport, part of the famed TWA terminal has to be moved nearly a quarter-mile. The 800-ton triangular-shaped building with its walls of glass is an unwieldy, unevenly distributed load that during the move is at risk of toppling like a house of cards.
2019 08 28 15 00
Ships On Land
Ships...built for water - but that's never stopped a Mega Mover from trying to move them across land. The mighty Queen Mary - 1,018 feet long and weighing more than 77,500 tons. Since 1967, this dinosaur of ocean liners, and former World War Two troop transport ship, sits parked in dry dock. What if in the future it needed to be moved inland - could it be? Taking a page from history - when in 1453 an Ottoman sultan moved his fleet of 100 warships overland -- the Queen Mary would be the largest ship ever hauled across land, pushing the limits of machines and Mega Movers' ingenuity. In Charleston, South Carolina a 140-foot long, 150-ton replica of a famous 1879 schooner has to be hauled from dry-dock one mile through narrow city streets to the harbor where it'll be launched. Tough under any conditions - terrifying in the face of approaching violent storms.
2019 08 28 16 00
Extreme Ocean Salvage
The world's oceans are graveyards for some of the greatest ships ever built. During the mid-1500's the English warship Mary Rose was sunk by a French cannon. Finally, more then 400 years after it sank, its massive 580-ton hull would be raised from its watery grave. In the Baltic Sea the 17th century warship, The Vasa, was heralded as the greatest ship ever built at that time. After early salvages failed, Mega Movers spent more then a year battling dangers to raise her to the surface. When the huge French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor, it created a deadly toxic cesspool. A team of Mega Movers with the Navy Salvage Service pulled off the dangerous mission of bringing her back up. At the end of World War II in the shallow area of Scapa Flow a captured German Admiral gave the orders to scuttle 72 captured ships. Experts said they could never be raised. One man proved them wrong and raised 28 of them in what still remains the largest salvage operation in history.
2019 09 04 15 00
Giant Oil Equipment
Imagine trying to move a 475,000 pound structure from Texas to Minnesota. Forget freeways, it'll never clear bridges or overpasses. Flight is out of the question. The only way to do it -- lift it by crane, load it onto a barge and float it up the mighty Mississippi River... an amazing move that will travel past 10 states and cover more than 2400 miles.
2019 09 04 16 00
Their soaring height is imposing. Their narrow design makes them some of the most difficult and dangerous structures to move -- from the 100-foot-tall obelisks of Ancient Egypt to the 1,483 foot tall Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Those that dare try to move these tall structures face almost certain defeat. Yet, despite the risks Mega Movers prove it can be done - first by peering into the future to move two of the world's tallest skyscrapers, and then taking on a present-day challenge never before attempted - simultaneously moving two towering silos connected by a common wall