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Ultimate Restorations

Cangarda: The Last American Steam Yacht

Bob McNeil's four-year restoration of the last existing American stream yacht is chronicled. After 112 years and more than a few setbacks, the Cangarda finally sails again.
  • program length: 60 minutes
  • episode #101

Monday, December 4 at 1:00 pm on 12.1


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ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS follows the rescue and refurbishment of some of the most valuable mechanical icons of the Golden Age (1880-1940), an era considered a high point in innovation and craftsmanship. The series tells the spellbinding stories behind the restorations of eight irreplaceable masterpieces — from a fire engine, a railroad car and a yacht to a carousel, a spy plane and the world's largest musical instrument. The passionate restorers and committed craftspeople discuss the challenges associated with reviving these massive icons. The drama can involve moving huge pieces of equipment, salvaging from sea-floor beds, searching for rare parts, and dealing with complicated mechanical systems.