How Ships Are Launched

Submitted by: GiveChase 6 years ago Misc

Just tip over already!
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Male 703
I heard Cleveland`s voice the whole way through that: no, no, no, NO, NOOOOOOO!

lol, if only one of these were a steamboat, that would make it the Cleveland Steamer, no?
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Male 3,076
@RecycleElf haha I laughed so drating hard!
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Male 3,619
"what is this rope on the ground? is it... it`s tied to my foot? but where does it- OH DEAR GOD STOP THE LAUCNH!!!!"
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Male 3,915
lol at Vapor and then at a103276....XD
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Male 166
these ships wobble but they don`t fall down.

@ThreeEdge They probably don`t need to do it this way, but why wouldn`t you?
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Male 174
"You mean they don`t find the oldest lady and richest lady in the city to hit it with a champagne bottle?"

At first i missed the "it" in your comment and thought how is beating up old ladies gonna help them?! :D
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Male 696
yeah, and on the inside the tables and chairs and tourists slide back and forth...
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Male 400
That last one ALMOST went under.
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Male 117
You mean they don`t find the oldest lady and richest lady in the city to hit it with a champagne bottle?
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Female 406
really? that`s how they launch ships these days? it seems so....careless? But whatever works i guess.
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Female 59
I assumed that by now they didn`t have to launch boats that way anymore.
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Male 307
Launching depends on the building/mechanical yard and the ship itself.

Considerations include if the dock can be flooded (many can`t), or if tipping, if the facility has the ability to tip port to starboard as well as stem to stern.

The design of the ship is important as well - is the keel flat-bottomed or apexed? Also, ships have a maximum capacity on the amount of degrees that they can tip so that can be an issue to consider as well.

Yeah... I was in the Navy for a few (many) years...
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Male 557
repost possibly? Ive seen this somewhere
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Male 838
I wonder how many hours went into the calculations of that particular maneuver before someone tried it.
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Male 3,745
its not supposed to be done this way at all...

its supposed to be done as Batmanners said or even hwo they did it in the Sherlock Holmes movie they insist on not flooding the dock...i almost typed in another word other than dock but we wont talk about that...
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Female 34
That`s cool... but I agree with Batmanners. That`s how I always thought boats were built, repaired, etc.
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Male 815
i do too, unbwogable!
but only after i read your comment =P
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Male 555
Does anyone else think the second one (blue + black) looks like a face with a huge nose?
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Male 4,004
Although, usually, ships are built in a dry dock, which is flooded once the ship is ready to go.
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Male 2,056
i thought they stopped doing it like that due to the high tipping risk
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Male 10,845
So what? That`s the way they launch battleships
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Male 770
I kinda want to ride one of those down the track.
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Male 167
God that looks so risky
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Male 25,416
Surfs up!
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Male 2,005
oh sh*t, oh sh*t, oh shi... aaahhhaaa i see
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Male 1,106
I will never cease to be amazed out how much of the boat is above water compared to below, yet they are so stable they can go almost horizontal in the water and pop back up.
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Male 1,197
that is nuts!!
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Male 5,413
Holy crud muffin that`s insane. So I guess that track on Split/Second is actually pretty accurate.
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Male 2,033
Ok, sjust because certain people seem confused: None of these ships were even remotely close to capsizing. They can (and will) experience much harsher and constant rolls in heavy seas.

The ships in this video are being side launched due to space constrictions in the dockyards, the more common end-on launch takes much more space as the ship needs to bleed off momentum.

Also, yes, a dry dock is much more expensive to maintain than some rollers and cranes. Dry docks are great and all, but they take up a lot of space and have a lot of working parts.
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Male 6,737
Surprisingly interesting!
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Male 3,296
"Lol, I was thinking there wouldn`t be anyone on board until they started honking. Must be a hell of a ride."

thats a good point my friend.
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Male 602
tn11 I`m pretty sure all of these were new boats...they put them up there one piece at a time.
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Female 259
THE INTENSITY!
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Male 819
This makes me want to take a bath with some toy boats....
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Male 1,587
@nls151 some of these might even be bigger then an aircraft carrier... not in deck space but in displacement. and they (at least in the US) get their own special dry docks. no sliding necessary.


does this seem to anyone... a little ridiculous? I mean is a dry dock really that more expensive to maintain or whatever? That last one almost didn`t make it. I wanna see them put the ships up there...
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Male 6,694
It Floats !
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Male 2,121
Lol, I was thinking there wouldn`t be anyone on board until they started honking. Must be a hell of a ride.
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Male 7
I`d like to see this done with an aircraft carrier!
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Male 272
isn`t buoyancy cool?
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Male 363
I thought that last one was tipping over for sure
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Male 3,472
I would like to ride that out seat belted into the captain`s chair.
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Male 111
terrifying
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Female 387
I don`t know why, but I find this to be terrifying.
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Male 812
I was kinda expecting something to happen.. But hey, these ships are built to not tip over. Seems a little counter-intuitive way to launch a ship, but then you think about it..
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Male 141
That is pretty awesome =P
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Male 90
Awesome boat is awesome!

I hope nobody was inthere :P
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Male 417
I a big fan of dry docks with gates and locks to pull ships in and out of. This method just seems to be asking for trouble. But hey ... they`re the engineers and they say it works, so good enough for me.
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Male 15,510
The FAIL ship has been launched?
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Male 220
I find it strange that we went from launching backwards (sliding it stern first into the water) to launching sideways in the later half of the 20th century. The nicer dry docks have floodable locks so they just flood the work area then the ship pulls out under its own power.
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Male 4,290
I would laugh if they miscalculated and sank it straight away. Very clever bit of engineering though.
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Female 535
Link: How Ships Are Launched [Rate Link] - Just tip over already!
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