Monday, February 5, 2018

Now There's Something You Don't See Every Day

Remember the old news reels where you saw a ship christened and it slid down the rails into the water? As ships grew in size, they started building them in dry docks and brought the water to the ship instead of taking the ship to the water.

Now since ships are getting even bigger, they are being built in sections and then the sections are being assembled in the dry dock. Sometimes then, the sections are built on land and slide down the rails into the water.

That was the case for the bow section of Sky Princess. The bow was built at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia yard near Naples. Last Thursday the 7,600-ton (weight) section was launched and rolled down the rails into the water.

The complete story appeared in the February 5 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

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