With James Cameron's 3-D version of his 1997 blockbuster, "Titanic," still a year away, National Geographic Channel is offering a fix for fans eager to learn more about the world's most famous ship.
The network is premiering "Rebuilding Titanic
" tonight at 9 p.m. EST, which offers a fresh look at the doomed luxurious ocean liner that sank in April 1912 after a collision with an iceberg. The show offers four modern-day engineers and craftsmen the opportunity to recreate iconic sections of the ship using techniques and materials of a century ago — from stained glass to the 16-ton, 18-foot long original main anchor.
It culminates with a recreation of a first-class dining experience attended by descendants of the ship's original passengers and crew. According to one source
, the team will labor behind the scenes shoveling almost four tons of coal to power an original electric oven, the electric horse used in the Titanic's gym, and the lights for the tribute dinner.
Beyond the modern-day recreations, NatGeo will also tell the story of the more than 4,000 workers who labored on the construction of what was then the largest, heaviest, most expensive, and most luxurious man-made moving object on the planet. The online companion website
is also a treat, with an interactive timeline that features rare photos and video of the ship's construction.
If you're a Titanic history buff like me, you won't want to miss this one. Check out a preview clip below: