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Date: 09/22/10 08:02 AM

51 Responses to How Ships Are Launched

  1. Profile photo of GiveChase
    GiveChase Female 18-29
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    September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Link: How Ships Are Launched - Just tip over already!
  2. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:14 am
    I would laugh if they miscalculated and sank it straight away. Very clever bit of engineering though.
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    tnaran Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:15 am
    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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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:26 am
    The FAIL ship has been launched?
  5. Profile photo of rncotton
    rncotton Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:45 am
    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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    s8tan Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:47 am
    Awesome boat is awesome!

    I hope nobody was inthere :P
  7. Profile photo of weeray
    weeray Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:57 am
    That is pretty awesome =P
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    Intaresting Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:01 am
    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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    MrsHoneyDew Female 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:11 am
    I don`t know why, but I find this to be terrifying.
  10. Profile photo of fabbatruffs
    fabbatruffs Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:12 am
    terrifying
  11. Profile photo of tommy2X4
    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:27 am
    I would like to ride that out seat belted into the captain`s chair.
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    Hemtroll Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am
    I thought that last one was tipping over for sure
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    citizen_kane Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:56 am
    isn`t buoyancy cool?
  14. Profile photo of nls151
    nls151 Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 10:02 am
    I`d like to see this done with an aircraft carrier!
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 11:16 am
    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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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 11:35 am
    It Floats !
  17. Profile photo of tn11
    tn11 Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 11:35 am
    @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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    xavroche Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 11:36 am
    This makes me want to take a bath with some toy boats....
  19. Profile photo of mollyscary
    mollyscary Female 13-17
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    September 22, 2010 at 11:53 am
    THE INTENSITY!
  20. Profile photo of T-Marley
    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
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    September 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    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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    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    "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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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Surprisingly interesting!
  23. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    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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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    Holy crud muffin that`s insane. So I guess that track on Split/Second is actually pretty accurate.
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    Selous Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    that is nuts!!
  26. Profile photo of DavidXJ
    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    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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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    oh sh*t, oh sh*t, oh shi... aaahhhaaa i see
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Surfs up!
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    Cherrybawls Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    God that looks so risky
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    I kinda want to ride one of those down the track.
  31. Profile photo of Cajun247
    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    So what? That`s the way they launch battleships
  32. Profile photo of SomeShoes
    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    September 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    i thought they stopped doing it like that due to the high tipping risk
  33. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm
    Although, usually, ships are built in a dry dock, which is flooded once the ship is ready to go.
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    unbwogable Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm
    Does anyone else think the second one (blue + black) looks like a face with a huge nose?
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    TheGax Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    i do too, unbwogable!
    but only after i read your comment =P
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    aprilkayyy Female 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    That`s cool... but I agree with Batmanners. That`s how I always thought boats were built, repaired, etc.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    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...
  38. Profile photo of AnImbroglio
    AnImbroglio Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm
    I wonder how many hours went into the calculations of that particular maneuver before someone tried it.
  39. Profile photo of JoexBro
    JoexBro Male 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    repost possibly? Ive seen this somewhere
  40. Profile photo of DFWBrysco
    DFWBrysco Male 40-49
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    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...
  41. Profile photo of ThreeEdge
    ThreeEdge Female 18-29
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    I assumed that by now they didn`t have to launch boats that way anymore.
  42. Profile photo of vw
    vw Female 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm
    really? that`s how they launch ships these days? it seems so....careless? But whatever works i guess.
  43. Profile photo of vapor13
    vapor13 Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm
    You mean they don`t find the oldest lady and richest lady in the city to hit it with a champagne bottle?
  44. Profile photo of PoopNoodle
    PoopNoodle Male 40-49
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm
    That last one ALMOST went under.
  45. Profile photo of Krowley
    Krowley Male 30-39
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    September 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm
    yeah, and on the inside the tables and chairs and tourists slide back and forth...
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    a103276 Male 18-29
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    September 23, 2010 at 7:35 am
    "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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    deadbass72 Male 18-29
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    September 23, 2010 at 7:36 am
    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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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    September 23, 2010 at 9:39 am
    lol at Vapor and then at a103276....XD
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    September 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm
    "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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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    September 24, 2010 at 3:02 am
    @RecycleElf haha I laughed so drating hard!
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    eskimo9 Male 18-29
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    September 24, 2010 at 6:16 am
    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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