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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 Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, Smithsonian Channel premiered the season finale of HUMONGOUS MOVES. In the season ender, "Huge Hovercraft," the Canadian Coast Guard, which protects the beachfront city of Vancouver, is in desperate need of a new breed of rescue vehicle. The solution is the AP1-88 Hovercraft, a 100-foot marine machine. The challenge is it's still being assembled in Southampton in a factory 9,000 miles away. Follow a team of engineers as they attempt to build and haul it across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal, and up the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada without incident.