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Seven wonders of the industrial world. Bell Rock

Author: Christopher Spencer, (Television director); British Broadcasting Corporation,
Publisher: London, England : BBC Worldwide, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An encounter with the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age. Recreating their stories of burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, this programme delves into the history of seven epic monuments spanning the industrial revolution. Using spectacular CGI, the seven stories that are revealed here are: the SS Great Eastern, the London sewer system, the Bell Rock lighthouse,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical reenactments (Television programs)
History
Named Person: Robert Stevenson; Robert Stevenson
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Spencer, (Television director); British Broadcasting Corporation,
OCLC Number: 1119617975
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed August 26, 2019).
Performer(s): Narrated by Robert Lindsay.
Description: 1 online resource (50 minutes)
Other Titles: 7 wonders of the industrial world
Bell Rock Lighthouse
Responsibility: produced and directed by Christopher Spencer ; BBC.

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An encounter with the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age. Recreating their stories of burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, this programme delves into the history of seven epic monuments spanning the industrial revolution. Using spectacular CGI, the seven stories that are revealed here are: the SS Great Eastern, the London sewer system, the Bell Rock lighthouse, the US Transcontinental Railway, the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Robert Stevenson's Bell Rock lighthouse was created off the east coast of Scotland between 1807 and 1811, when the world was very different from how it is today. Stevenson, the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson, had dreamed for years of making his mark on the world, by bringing light to the treacherous Scottish coast. He aimed to take on the most dangerous place of all, the Bell Rock, a large reef 11 miles out to sea, dangerously positioned in the approach to the Firth of Forth. In 1799, over 70 ships went down in a violent storm that raged along the coast, yet still the authorities opposed his plan. How could anyone build a lighthouse 11 miles out to sea, on a rock that was submerged by up to 16 feet of water for most of the day? Battling against the odds, Stevenson did eventually build his lighthouse, and to this day it shines out across the North Sea, the oldest offshore lighthouse still standing anywhere in the world.

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