The Ungraceful Practice of Launching a Ship / by Ryan

Everyone is familiar with the Pomp and Circumstance of a typical boat launch in dry dock - A lovely lady or proud new owner ceremoniously wastes a bottle of champagne while attempting to damage the bow hull of the ship while well dressed onlookers clap and drink free booze. Usually well dressed waiters serve finger food and everyone talks about their vacations and offshore holdings in Untaxableistan. Almost as if by magic, that big hunk of metal is in its slip the next day, ready for high seas action. How does it get there? Well, it isn't all that graceful or refined! Check out this great video montage of ships getting dropped into the water. It really looks...wrong!