Friday, March 02, 2012

A ship set sail

I always imagined boats were only launched by slipping gracefully down a slipway stern end first, perhaps after a bottle of champers has been broken over the bow. Apparently not. Rather undignified isn't it.



Of course some are still launched the traditional way, but oh dear, there are days when things just don't work out in spite of everyone's best efforts. Note the bloke in the orange hard hat. After applauding, with great complacency he looks away, confident of a successful launch. He looks back I expect just in time to proclaim, oh bother.

11 comments:

  1. Undignified yes but it gives me confidence the ship will survive in rough seas.

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  2. Victor's comment says it all for me :-).

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  3. Anonymous12:28 pm

    Andrew, having trouble accessing my blog, leaving comments and can't even post.
    Couldn't leave a comment here under Copperwitch either.

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  4. Cool video I would never otherwise have thought to watch... cheers

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  5. I've always found champagne to considerably ease the passage of - well - almost anything!!

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  6. Good point Victor.

    Windsmoke, yes, nice to have a tough ship.

    Jah Teh, you have computer problems or isp problems?

    Displaced, I like that. People watch what they would not normally, because I have posted it.

    Red, Red, Red, where to go with that comment. I'll keep it nice and say champers is a good social lubricant.

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  7. These launches run a very close second to watching buildings implode. Love it.

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  8. FruitCake, funny you mention buildings implode. I do have a minor collection of.

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  9. Good golly, I never realised how ridiculous it may look, I assumed most would go in nicely like the last (but stay upright!)

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  10. Well I have learnt something today!! Sideways!! who would have thought, they've just got to hope and pray that it will right itself! A nervous moment or two I should think! That first video, you could just tell from the start that ship was doomed! When I launch my ship it's sliding 'Gracefully' in haha!

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  11. Fen, I did too. I was surprised at the sideways float off.

    Grace, why did I not think to link the word to you. I am sure Grace would slide into the water stern first much more elegantly that this.

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