Three Standout Maritime History DVDs by Ed Mueller
Ships, Events and Men
You are taken back to the bygone days of the Gilded Era when sheet music was used to communicate famous events including shipwrecks, fires and other disasters. To further illustrate the stories, the author uses stylistically allegorical sheet music covers so popular at the turn of the century from his and other collections plus rare archival photos are added to portray maritime events including the Titanic disaster.
DVD running time is 51 minutes. Narrated by Ed Mueller and John A. Leynes, Jr.
Cat. List No. 6MM10DVD $15.95
THE LUSITANIA AND THE U-20
The Cunard Line’s dependable ocean liner Lusitania made 200 crossings in the North Atlantic before she met her end by being torpedoed during the Great War (First World War) by the German submarine U-20. The Lusitania was sunk on Friday, May 7, 1915 with a great loss of life. Of the 1,959 persons on board, 1.198 were lost. The DVD includes descriptions of sheet music written about the tragedy of the Lusitania. Widescreen 16:9 NTSC format. Running time 25 minutes. Narrated by Ed Mueller and John A. Leynes, Jr.
Cat. List No. 6LU2010DVD $15.95
BRUNEL’S GREAT SHIPS
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a leading British civil engineer famed for his bridges, dockyards, and for the construction of the first major British railway, the Great Western Railway. He is remembered for a series of famous steamships and his designs revolutionized public transportation and modern engineering. The Great Western was the longest ship in the world at 236 ft when it was built. In addition to her steam-powered paddle wheels, the wooden ship carried four masts for sails and embarked on her maiden voyage from Avonmouth, Bristol, to New York on 8 April 1838. Brunel had become convinced of the superiority of propeller-driven ships over paddle wheels. After tests, he incorporated a large six-bladed propeller into his design for the 322-foot Great Britain, launched in 1843. Great Britain is considered the first modern ship––being built of metal and driven by propeller rather than paddle wheel. She was the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Eastern was an iron sailing steamship designed by Brunel. She was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch, and had the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers around the world without refuelling. Running time 38 minutes. Narrated by Ed Mueller and Robert DeGroat
Cat. List No. 6BGS10DVD $15.95