World's Greatest Ships
A new view of some of the greatest ships in Britain’s history, from the wrecks of the Mary Rose and the Titanic, to the majesty of the Cutty Sark.
S01:E01 - Golden Hinde
Here is the extraordinary story of the Flagship of England’s most notorious pirate, Sir Francis Drake. Sent on a secret mission to plunder Spanish ships in the Pacific, the Golden Hind’s voyage was packed with adventure.
S01:E02 - Cutty Sark
One of the most glamorous ships of her day, Cutty Sark made her name racking precious cargoes of tea from Shanghai to London. The ship endured long vagabond years of ‘tramping’, when she was mistreated by her captains and deserted by her crews.
S01:E03 - Mary Rose
This is the story of Henry VIII’s great warship, a vast vessel that went down killing more than four hundred men. Over the years a host of theories have emerged to explain the disaster, even blaming King Henry VIII himself. But who was really responsible?
S01:E04 - SS Great Britain
Here is the incredible story behind what was once the longest passenger ship in the world. Designed by Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this vast vessel redefined shipbuilding, pioneering innovations that are still found on ships to this day.
S01:E05 - Victory
Admiral Nelson’s personal flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar was the largest warship in the world with firepower equivalent to a whole army on land. Its construction included the felling of 6000 oak trees for planking and 27 miles of rope rigging.
S01:E06 - HMS Belfast
This the story of the only surviving British warship to bombard the Normandy coast on D-Day. Host Rob Bell clambers aboard, experiencing first-hand the awesome power of its guns. He gets a taste of life on board, stepping into the shoes of sailors.