Operation Lighthouse Rescue

Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic lighthouse from certain doom. Airing May 4, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired May 4, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

On the picturesque bluffs at the very tip of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, disaster looms. The historic Gay Head Lighthouse is soon to become the next victim of the persistent erosion of the island’s cliffs. Built in 1856, the more than 400-ton structure soars 175 feet above the sea. But over the years, storms and the raging ocean have eroded the headland away. With fierce storms and hurricanes only intensifying as the global climate warms, this historic landmark is precipitously close to toppling into the ocean. Now, an epic rescue is underway as a team of engineers attempts to move the iconic red brick structure 134 feet inland to safety. As they race to save this national treasure, discover the geology they encounter, the archeology they discover, and technology they employ in this Lighthouse Rescue.

 

Broadcast Credits

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Joby Lubman
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Carlo Massarella
EDITOR
Paul Shepard
CAMERA AND SOUND
Joby Lubman
Greg Martino
Dan Martino
Tim Clarkson
NARRATOR
Eric Meyers
ASSISTANT PRODUCERS
Tim Clarkson
Oliver Graham
JUNIOR Production Manager
Liza Krug
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Karen Lee
Sara Revell
HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Kristina Obradovic
PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT
Sue Harvard
GRAPHICS
Fluid Pictures
EDIT ASSISTANT
Philip Michael
Online Editor
Luke Carter
COLORIST
Vicki Matich
Audio Mix
Bob Jackson
Archival Material
Nate Bolt
The Collection of the Martha's Vineyard Museum
Greg Donohue
John Eichleay
Getty Images
Nantucket Historical Association
Pond5
Capt. Charles Vanderhoop (1921-2001) interviewed by Linsey Lee in 2000, Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Museum
David Welch
SPECIAL THANKS
The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee
Expert House Movers
International Chimney Corporation
International Association of Structural Movers
Pomroy Associates LLC
Sourati Engineering Group
United States Geological Survey
The Public Archaeology Laboratory
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
John Keene Excavation
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
United States Coast Guard
GEI Consultants
Montauk Point Lighthouse
First Coastal
Andy Goldsworthy
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
RESEARCH
Diane Toomey
SENIOR SCIENCE RESEARCHER
Caitlin Rotman Saks
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Barleon
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
RIGHTS MANAGER
Lauren Miller
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Ezra Wolfinger
POST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Brittany Flynn
SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Kevin Young
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
BROADCAST MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCER
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julia Cort
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

A NOVA Production by Windfall Films Ltd. (part of the Argonon Group) for WGBH Boston

© 2016 Windfall Films Ltd. (part of the Argonon Group)

All rights reserved

Original funding for this program was provided by Google, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Montgomery Family Foundation, the David H. Koch Fund for Science and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IMAGE:

Image credit: (Gay Head Lighthouse)
© Joby Lubman/Windfall Films

Participants

Izella Bush
Expert House Movers
Len Butler
Lighthouse Relocation Committee
Holly Herbster
Public Archaeology Laboratory
Gabe Matyiko
Expert House Movers
Jerry Matyiko
Expert House Movers
Joe Scarfone
International Chimney Corporation
Richard Skidmore
Gay Head Lighthouse Keeper
Byron Stone
U. S. Geological Survey
Buddy Vanderhoop
Charter Fisherman
Martha Vanderhoop
Granddaughter of Charles Vanderhoop, Sr.

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