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Paddle Steamer Sinks on Way to new Owner

Something sad but also a bit funny has happened out at sea, where historically important paddle steamer MV Oliver Cromwell managed to sink while on a delivery run to its new owner. The poor old steamer's embarrassment was increased thanks to an embedded photographer on the RNLI boat sent out to watch it go down, capturing its sinking and exposed arse. Read More >>

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Playmobil Atlantic Crossing Attempt Reaches Barbados

A dad threw his children's Playmobil pirate ship in the sea. We've all been there, but this was not in a rage about the stupid noises it makes; the toy ship is off on a journey of discovery. Read More >>

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Massive Lego Ship is World’s Biggest, But Only an Advert

A company that operates big ships for real has made a fantastic one for pretend too, with Dream Cruises deciding to use 2.5 million Lego bricks to (a) get in the Guinness World Records, and (b) get people like us to spread the word of its for-real boats. Read More >>

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Big Expensive British Floating Thing Has a Hole in it

A very expensive thing designed to do one job has a flaw in it that stops it doing that job very well. It's yet another perfect metaphor for the state of the nation in 2017. Read More >>

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Belfast’s Titanic Hotel Prepares for September Launch

The Titanic-ification of Belfast is set to reach new heights later this summer, with the opening of the Titanic Hotel in the Titanic Quarter of where they made the Titanic -- a luxury development based in the former offices of ship designer Harland & Wolff. Read More >>

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Queen Elizabeth Prepares for War at Sea

Today's a momentous occasion in the history of British naval superiority, as we shall see the first of the nation's new aircraft carriers leave the dock for the first time. Read More >>

transport
Chinese Titanic Won’t Hit Iceberg or Sink

The Chinese builders of a full size recreation of the Titanic have promised it won't hit an iceberg or sink, for two rather large reasons. Reason one is that it's to spend its entire life in a dock at a theme park so won't be anywhere near wild icebergs, and reason two is that a plan to fake an iceberg impact for the enjoyment of visitors has been cancelled due to being rather in poor taste. Read More >>

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Norway’s Blasting A Ship Tunnel Through A Mile Of Rock To Save Sailors’ Lives

It was originally proposed in 1874, but after more than a hundred years of heated debate, a world-first ship tunnel is finally scheduled to be built through a mountain in Norway. Read More >>

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Navy Warships Lose Big Guns in Cost-Cutting Exercise

The Navy's warships might soon only be able to offer advisory support in military hotspots around the world, as one of their key weapon systems is getting unbolted and popped into storage to save money. Read More >>

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How to Build an Aircraft Carrier 

Building a floating city also known as an aircraft carrier is really hard, because the numbers are virtually unfathomable. A basic aircraft carrier is made of 60,000 tonnes of steel, 4.5 acres of non-skid surface, and four 325-foot catapults. The whole thing weighs 90 million kilos and takes five years to build and—get this—costs $5 billion (£4 billion) at the very least. To call it a massive undertaking would be putting it lightly. Read More >>

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Photo Series Puts the Size of Random Huge Objects in Perspective

This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines, and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire American football field, and the Titanic sitting on top of an aircraft carrier. Read More >>

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Theresa May Doesn’t Slap Down Stupid Post-Brexit Royal Yacht Idea

Since Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23rd, there has been confusion, uncertainty, and dire predictions about what Brexit might mean for our country. What we need is reassurance that Britain isn't completely screwed. Read More >>

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Mary Rose’s Horde Salvaged Again for the Internet Age

A new exhibit exposing finds pulled out of the sea when they dragged up the Mary Rose has been launched, and the good news is you don't have to leave home or feel pressured to make a donation – it's all online. Read More >>

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Watch Thousands of Tonnes of Cargo Spill Into the Sea During Monster Storm

Even a massive cargo ship can sometimes be no match for the massive storms brewing on the world’s oceans. But when you add hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cargo into the mix, the last place you want to find yourself is on deck when cargo starts spilling overboard. Read More >>

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Watch a Cruise Ship Get Built 

Cruise ships are basically giant floating cities. How do you build a giant floating city? Well, it’s pretty much like playing with Lego. Read More >>