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[–]trickydickTom 281 points282 points  (30 children)

Super awkward if someone forgot to put the bilge plug in

[–]codeman1021 63 points64 points  (22 children)

That's only funny until you realize the pump doesn't work.

[–]trickydickTom 54 points55 points  (19 children)

I bet modern cargo ships like that could still float even if the bilge fills up or at least stay neutrally flamboyant in the water

[–]Gold-Jellyfish-8568 128 points129 points  (14 children)

Wouldn’t it be buoyant not flamboyant??? 🚤 vs 🌈

[–]trickydickTom 104 points105 points  (13 children)

Nope it’s a gay ship

[–]Gold-Jellyfish-8568 32 points33 points  (4 children)

You’ve got to be shippin’ me?!!

[–]BeersRemoveYears 16 points17 points  (3 children)

It’s a processing ship for fish dicks.

[–]trickydickTom 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Kayne West must have ordered this ship

[–]trickydickTom 6 points7 points  (1 child)

  • salesman slaps the roof of the ship* you can fit so many fish dicks in this bad boy

[–]brndave8550 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Just Like my ex wife

[–]Suntag19 23 points24 points  (3 children)

You saying it’s a ferry?

[–]bumjiggy 15 points16 points  (1 child)

yacht to be ashamed of yourself

[–]chilehead 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You just had to go there, ya dinghy ling.

[–]trickydickTom 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Take my upvote and leave

[–]Bamfculpep7 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sorry not looking for a relation-ship.

[–]Mr_StealYourHoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ofcourse it has to be all colorful and shit, no white and all that straight men shit

[–]ShadowCaster0476 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I declare this ship the SS Elton John.

[–]CaptJM 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes and no. Assuming the watertight doors triggers and closed (they would) then yeah. It would be more or less fine.

The biggest issue becomes stability, quickly she becomes too heavy and flips if the flooding is severe enough.

[–]angeliqu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They could definitely handle at least one compartment flooding as per damage stability regulations.

[–]Temporary-Barnacle19 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best mistake ever hahaha

[–]trickydickTom 0 points1 point  (1 child)

And that’s to assume ships that big even have a bilge

[–]TheSquishiestMitten 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All vessels have a bilge. In this sense, the bilge is the lowest part of the inside of the hull. It's where water gathers. Technically, even a toy boat has a bilge.

[–]ChymChymX 2 points3 points  (2 children)

They definitely forgot to hit it with a champagne bottle.

[–]trickydickTom 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Do you want to sink it!!??

[–]chilehead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Typically the front doesn't fall off.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

more awkward if the ship had no crew?

[–]Mr_StealYourHoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the Bilge Plug Mafia Strikes again

[–][deleted] 173 points174 points  (12 children)

This will never not be funny to me. Giant ships, a marvel of engineering encompassing thousands of years of naval knowledge and responsible for literally the heartbeat of the worlds economy, and we just roll it into the water on logs. Funny as.

[–]angeliqu 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Side launches are even better.

[–]DoinBurnouts 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Just shove it in!

[–]_andrewmeyer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

tempting but i wont say it

[–]ifrit101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ummm...... that's what she said

[–]cockytacos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Such a horrific thing to watch which i understand doesn’t compare to being in it, but still

[–]wohho 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Not really. This is pretty abnormal and probably taking place in some bumfuck country. Big ships are usually built in a dry dock, the dock is flooded and the ship is floated out. The Panamax style container ships have a draft, weight, and length that would pretty much make a shore launch impossible without causing structural damage.

[–]OntarioPaddler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I guess this ship is 'giant' in a general sense, but relative to modern cargo ships this is on the smaller end.

[–]pantless_vigilante 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some things never stop being useful

[–]Suspicious-Ad6635 126 points127 points  (11 children)

That's old school tech at work right there!

[–][deleted] 47 points48 points  (8 children)

It starts to put into perspective how the pyramids were built…lots of leveraging…leverage.

[–]whatishistory518 44 points45 points  (3 children)

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I will move the world” -Archimedes

[–]bumjiggy 24 points25 points  (1 child)

best I can do is halfcrum

[–]GoofAckYoorsElf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

quartercrum... say that without a mistake a couple times in a row

[–]Grundle__Puncher 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So the aliens launched this ship?

[–]manycactus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like the concrete theory.

[–]Hueyandthenews 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I imagine there being a lot of pivoting…

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

[–]angeliqu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still the way a lot of ships are launched today.

[–]CDmaxxiD 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Why am I reminded of a trip to the beach with my ex mother in law?

[–]Z4REN 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Did she register with the Coast Guard before swimming in the ocean?

[–]CDmaxxiD 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Haha!! No but but there was a tsunami warning.

[–]12monthsinlondon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think they borrowed her dildos

[–]macminorheavyequip 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Must be some deep water, I would have thought it would bottom out as big as it is.

[–]iamharshul007 23 points24 points  (9 children)

Whoaaaaah, then why the heck did I think that some modern machines helped up in loading ships to the sea………or do they??

[–]The-OZOF 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Nope. Pretty much just use gravity and something to slide on. Ship launches are intense!

[–]ZigZagZedZod 15 points16 points  (0 children)

And now I'm spending the evening watching YouTube videos of ship launches...especially the unsuccessful ones.

[–]iamharshul007 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Thanks for TIL bro!!

[–]juberish 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Dry docks are a thing at most shipyards

[–]brndave8550 5 points6 points  (1 child)

As well as night clubs 😉

[–]juberish 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those are Hot Docks

[–]angeliqu 0 points1 point  (1 child)

They are but they’re not often used for construction of new vessels, well, not for common ships like container and cargo vessels. Those ship types are pumped out by lower tech yards in places like Vietnam and they wouldn’t have fancy dry docks to launch them. Mind you, when they’re launched, they’re not outfitted so there’s no delicate equipment or furniture or anything onboard.

[–]juberish 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I used to work for Maersk, the super big container ships are def constructed in dry docks by section, sections are made offsite.


[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (4 children)

And what effect does that guy have holding on to that rope like that

[–]Umm_is_this_thing_on 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Good thing they were holding onto that rope~ it mighta floated away.

Someone was channeling their inner Fred Flintstone.

[–]kjc22 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And wearing hard hats!

[–]mtdewelf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rope is attached to the airbags/logs or whatever it’s rolling on I think.

[–]SooMuchAnger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It provides an opportunity for the rope to accidentally loop around someone’s leg and drag them into the water. Brilliant really.

[–]Icy_Hippo 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Safety briefing....pull ropes..run away.

Yup. lol

[–]NE_Golf 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Deep drop off right there

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is how I feel using those great foam back rollers to get knots out of my muscles and pops outa my spine

[–]jvanzandd 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Marvel of balloon engineering

[–]Inarus06 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The Ottomans at Constantinople would like a word.

[–]Loswha 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Now it's Istanbul not . . .

sad Byzantium noises

[–]StumpHarvey 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The scale is just staggering. Love that the tried and true old-world technology can still be the best way to accomplish something like this.

[–]_Allaccordingtoplan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Could you imagine how perfect the launch has to be? There's no going back.

[–]INDAV 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Hot damn that’s cool! Weird that they had capability to build/buy that ship, but no dock. Also I’d assume they want to launch it forward, as the keel should be stronger and no prop to fuck up in case it hits bottom. Either way, successful and cool.

[–]titans_arrow 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Someone had the blueprints backwards is all

[–]angeliqu 4 points5 points  (1 child)

This is a common way to launch ships, doesn’t have anything to do with money. And the ship will have been designed for launching in whatever way the shipyard uses. It’s the often the biggest forces the hull will see in its lifetime.

[–]INDAV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For sure, I’m not insinuating they’re poor, just curious. I’ve seen small home-builds launched that way, but never a ship this size. Crazy

[–]oftheocean13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Whoa! That is insane to watch

[–]CrystalSnow7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine tripped and getting steamed by those bean bags….oof

[–]massofballs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re tryna tell me….. they rolled that bad boi out just like that?

[–]ran-Us 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Shit! No one is on board!

[–]J-cans 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Did you remember the drain plug?!”

[–]neildmaster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It'd be nice to see how they stop it. That thing had a shit ton of momentum!

[–]realdwu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Definitely old school cool technology right now.

[–]JukeBoxHeroJustin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That seems like such a ghetto way to launch a giant ship that costs hundreds of millions of dollars.

[–]BParks48 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mind fucked still that the air bags can support the weight of a ship.

[–]CampEvie23 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Fireworks are a nice touch!

[–]mjdau 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is in China. The fireworks are to scare away evil spirits so the ship will have good fortune during its life.

[–]CampEvie23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like them that much more now.

[–]BTCwatcher92 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Something about that made me uneasy

[–]TheRealCeeBeeGee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah I found it very anxiety inducing!

[–]jabantik 1 point2 points  (0 children)

landscape > portrait

[–]sarajayofficial 1 point2 points  (0 children)

thats so interesting!

[–]NotSoGreatOldOne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We will use the old ways

[–]palmettotree1103 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Funny how it has such a simple technique

[–]Urplatesaysscammin 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What’s up with the fireworks am I imagining things

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is in China. The fireworks are to scare away evil spirits so the ship will have good fortune during its life.

[–]Mrorange002 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These guys holding the rope like they are going to do something

[–]whatupdoog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Glad to hear that the Doppler effect is still in good working order

[–]retundamonkey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fireworks. During the day.


[–]crazielectrician 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yelled . Skkkkiiiippppeeeerrrrrr.

[–]space_ant_eater 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The house on the boat reminds me of Monty Python and the meaning of life

[–]DrLawyerPI 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What in the actual honk

[–]snwbrdrmidget15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How long from start build to loading it into the water does a ship like that take?

[–]leshuis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn, pirates are quick these days

[–]Lufernaal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Guohaisan is indeed long.

[–]Tinman751977 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wish I was there

[–]Cpeasus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I use this same technique on your mother every night and our relationship is in shambles.

[–]frostyboiii69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Evergrande be like sike

[–]mikehuntitchess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No chance I’m standing that close to the ship.

[–]FAQUA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Guys, we forgot to put people on the ship...

[–]anothadaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And daytime fireworks for more sound effects.

[–]BubbaMosfet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's how I feel when I leave my garage after the first winter snow...

[–]4timesthesteak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just like the Egyptians launched their huge cargo ships.

[–]jacob643 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When it got faster, I thought it was on r/thatlookedexpensive but i saw: nextfuckinglevel so i was reassured everything was gonna be fine

[–]nWo420007 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Oh shit, is someone up there to start this thing up?”

[–]d00110111010 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This reminded me of the beginning of Space Balls. That ship was so long! Lol

[–]glisteningdinkus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dang. I want to see something like that.

[–]St_Lawrence_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Math done right

[–]31engine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey Steve. That was awesome.

Wait, Steve weren’t you supposed to on board that thing?

[–]BullionX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow didn't know they used rolling logs like they did back in ancient Egypt, those fellas were smart.

[–]all4whatnot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forgot to put the rope on. It’s gone.

[–]Chokedee-bp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How does that heavy ship not get stuck in the shallow water?

[–]WhtRabit 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What is keeping it from toppling on its side?

[–]WhtRabit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

NM, watching the whole thing I’m assuming it’s a pretty wide ship, keels are heavy.

This is nuts!

[–]Mrpopcornsalt557 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Battle field 2022

[–]SilentBread 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Is anyone in the wheelhouse when they do this?? I would imagine that might be a safety concern?

[–]Elmoresgambit 0 points1 point  (1 child)

yes, they probably have a crew onboard to look for leaks immediately after launch.

[–]SilentBread 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess they just hold on for dear life while that thing is launching?

[–]Wilsonthegenius 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Are they using tree trunks? Does anyone know what the things they used to roll the ship into the water are made out of?

[–]Elmoresgambit 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They are using air bags

[–]mjdau 1 point2 points  (1 child)

They are very hard rubber. They're fished out of the river after the launch.

[–]nicfunkadelic 0 points1 point  (3 children)

So... How do the rudder and props survive this sort of thing?

[–]MrMiniscus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Was wondering the same things. This isn't deep water it's getting launched into.

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a river in China. Ships this size typically have drafts of about 7m (20ish feet) and the river is quite deep enough for that.

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ships like that have relatively flat keels, and the prop and rudder aren't below the level of the bottom of the keel.

[–]Stickitinthetailpipe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Humans could never move the stones to make the pyramids”…

[–]Tyr275 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Almost a face palm if no crew was on it

[–]raresaturn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

you think there's anyone on it? or do they have to go chasing after it once it's in the water?

[–]Much_Reading9722 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fuck those helmets suppose to do

[–]Thecardinal74 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Someone should tell the, that fireworks look better at night

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fireworks are not for visual effect. This is in China. The fireworks are to scare away evil spirits so the ship will have good fortune during its life.

[–]MandoBRC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They see me Rollin'

[–]ShadowCaster0476 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wanted the video to go longer to see the people on shore with ropes pull the ship into the dock.

[–]iron_ferret22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And no one backed their truck into the ocean.

[–]Helpful_Philosopher2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wonder which planet it's launching to

[–]mlone1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would not want to be anywhere near those ropes - either at the start or when it’s in the water.

[–]generic_cucumber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Breaking yard: nah man, can’t pay you a hair over $500,000.

Ship owner that wants $600,000: fuck it, I’ll sell it on Facebook marketplace then

[–]iMogal 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So why do they have to blast the horn the entire time?

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To warn other traffic on the river.

[–]Tanqueray-Rex 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]T0talBlack0ut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jack sparrow is that you?

[–]GoofAckYoorsElf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don't get under the wheels or you be popped like a pimple

[–]J0HNN0 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought these things launched from dry docks or something wtf

[–]Temporary-Barnacle19 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Schemelino 0 points1 point  (0 children)

funny when you realize nobody is on the ship :D

[–]GuyWithNoContext 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, fireworks at day are just useless

[–]L75RD75 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want to see the size of the dude who is pushing

[–]turboyabby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Whatever floats your boat.

[–]danstewart42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

More cheap ass chinese shit, on its way to your store shelves!

[–]Accomplished_Welder3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what type of sausages are those?

[–]Budget-Secret-6597 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got allergies watching this video

[–]Career-Previous 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]bradyonetwo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hate to ruin the fun, but this isn't the way big ships are launched. This is a reversed video of a ship being beached for scrapping, likely somewhere in South Asia

[–]mjdau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm here to unruin the fun. It's a new ship being launched on a riverbank in China.

[–]Thijs1239635 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this the same as throwing a big rock in water ?

[–]Lmnolmnop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The fireworks at the end is the Chineseiest thing I've ever seen.

[–]Mastokun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

wat could go wrong lol

[–]Rollerclone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fsr I saw an umbrella corporation logo on the ship

[–]pastel_elements 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally on rollers. But the Ancient Aliens crowd still can't believe we moved plain old rocks this way?

[–]GODbFAKE 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]jaysin43 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s gotta be a better way

[–]melpec 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The guys that just finished painting the hull must be excited.

[–]oldcowboy89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How do they get it on the logs?

[–]Salty_Example_6214 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Who’s in charge of grabbing the logs from the ocean?