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It amazes me stuff like this can float

It amazes me stuff like this can float

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nosittap

Original Poster:

309 posts

50 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Just came across this whilst browsing the internet and had to share.

Stuff like this fascinates me.


http://imgur.com/a/oRQQx

The Wiki article for those interested.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Servant_3

chazola

407 posts

62 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Mighty Servant 3 didn't float very well a few years back! Pretty impressive how they raised it off the seabed and returned it to service though. I always wondered how they got those container cranes on and off the transport ships until I looked it up on youtube...

JVaughan

5,914 posts

188 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Wow ...

Looks like on the 9th and 10th Pictures though it Failed to float !!

MBBlat

352 posts

54 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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It actually floats in exactly the same way as any other ship, in that the weight of water displaced by the bits under the water equals the weight of the boat and everything its carrying. Since each cubic meter of water weighs just over a tonne, it can carry a lot of weight.


nosittap

Original Poster:

309 posts

50 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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MBBlat said:
It actually floats in exactly the same way as any other ship, in that the weight of water displaced by the bits under the water equals the weight of the boat and everything its carrying. Since each cubic meter of water weighs just over a tonne, it can carry a lot of weight.
You don't say.

It's the scale and the feats of engineering required that impresses me.
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MBBlat

352 posts

54 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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nosittap said:
You don't say.

It's the scale and the feats of engineering required that impresses me.
I tend to deal even more complicated vessels on a daily basis so its nothing too impressive for me smile Partially sinking a ship is easy - its fully sinking that's difficult if you're doing it on purpose.

The main difficulty with these ships is that they are very sensitive to weight & trim changes while docked down and that when things go wrong they go wrong very quickly. They can also be very sensitive to changes in water density.


paintman

3,212 posts

95 months

Friday 5th October 2012
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Pah! Its a ship.
Now floating THESE into position WAS amazing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulberry_harbour

phumy

4,077 posts

142 months

Saturday 6th October 2012
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Some big stuff here too its an old thread i started a while ago: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=108...