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Humongous Moves

Humongous Moves

  • Premiered: 
    March 26, 2017
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: engineering, moving

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Plot Synopsis

HUMONGOUS MOVES is a one-hour documentary series that chronicles the daunting challenges faced by teams of heavy haulers around the world, as they lift a 1,400-ton submarine over dry land, tow seven floating mansions across the Netherlands, drive a massive WWI artillery gun across southern England, and much more. These engineers take epic journeys over land, sea, and air as they transport monstrous structures to new locations, often against strict deadlines. It's big moves, big risks, and big stress. In the series opener, "Supersized Submarine," the Royal Naval docks of Halifax are cluttered with decommissioned Oberon-class submarines. Once a vital weapon of the Cold War, these O-boats are heading for the scrapyard, all except the HMCS Onondaga, which is destined for a museum 700 miles away, if it can ever get there. Follow a daring team of marine engineers as they attempt to tow this 1,400-ton submarine up Canada's coast in the face of a hurricane, and then haul it over rocky shores and onto a perilously steep railway. It's a massive move, and the stress factor is just as large.
On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, Smithsonian Channel premiered the second season of HUMONGOUS MOVES. In the season opener, "Ship Sink," a team of maritime engineers battle to move and sink a huge US Navy ship in the Cayman Islands to create an artificial dive reef. The team must battle winter storms and huge swells to tow the USS Kittiwake 1,600 miles from Virginia to the Caribbean. They must strip out all hazardous material from the old vessel, power clean her in a dry dock and cut holes in her hull to enable her to sink in a controlled flooding. Sink Master John MacKenzie must devise a foolproof way to ensure that the Kittiwake remains perfectly level and upright as he attempts to sink her onto a tiny site on the ocean floor surrounded by fragile coral on one side and a 1,000ft abyss on the other.