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On Launching Ships with Bottles of Champagne: An Infographic

We've all seen film or photos of ships being bashed across the prow with a bottle of Champagne just before their maiden voyage. And you may have caught a few bloopers, times when the bottle bounced off the hull but didn't break. Why are ships launched with bubbly anyway? And how do you make sure the ceremony goes off with a frothy bang rather than an embarrasing thud?

Debra Dunham christens ship
Debra Dunham, mother of the late Cpl. Jason Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named for her son. Photo: US Navy, August 1, 2009

Celebrity Cruises, who knows a thing or twenty about launching ships, created this fun infographic and I thought you'd enjoy it. All credit to them for creating it. All credit to those listed in the... credits for the data Celebrity Cruises interpreted. For the record, I've included the infographic here because it's cool, I've not been compensated by Celebrity Cruises in any way.


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