Wilmington has a legacy of shipbuilding predating the well known era of the Liberty Ship, workhorse of World War II. Shipbuilding and wars have historically gone hand in hand, the area seeing a run up in production during the Civil War, at the end of World War I, and of course World War II. Buckle up for a crash course in this now bygone local industry, as well as anecdotes that sound too crazy to be true. Did a sailor survive a blast by hanging onto a flying mattress? Did top military minds attempt to weaponize the camel in Texas? What is the dark secret of the SS Sapona? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Midmost Coast's first episode of season 2: The Shipbuilding Epoch.