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The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 5:44pm On Sep 09
Shipping makes the world go round. Literally. Every day, thousands of containers are loaded on to enormous ships to begin their cross-continental journey to the consumers who need them.

Many of the products in the average kitchen cupboard, like coffee, for example, and bananas, have made an epic trip to arrive there. But not all cargo is as straightforward. Some things are just too big to pile into containers, and are way to heavy to be flown. How do those things get to their destination, then?

For hundreds of years, ingenious shipping engineering (and sometimes manpower too) has enabled some of the largest, heaviest, most cumbersome cargo to sail to where it needs to be. Here are some of the biggest things ever to be transported by sea.


The Statue of Liberty
In 1885, France gifted the United States of America with The Statue of Liberty. Lovely sentiment, but how does one get a 93 metre tall, 200-tonne, iron and copper sculpture from Paris to New York? The answer, of course, had to be by boat. Separated into 350 separate pieces, Lady Liberty was packed into 214 wooden crates and loaded on to the French ship Isere. After crossing the Atlantic, she was painstakingly rebuilt atop her pedestal, gaining her place as one of the world's most prominent icons and famous tourist attractions. These spectacular images show various stages of the Statue of Liberty's construction and really bring home its sheer enormity.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by dingbang(m): 5:47pm On Sep 09
Let me dwell here

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Larryfest(m): 5:52pm On Sep 09
This will be better than #knack am cleavage of one stupid bimbo i just saw on FP now.....

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 5:53pm On Sep 09
An Oil Rig
Earlier this year, the world's heaviest cargo was taken by ship from its location in the North Sea to the Port of Hartlepool. The Brent Delta oil rig had been decommissioned, so it was brought to land to be dismantled and recycled. From the sea bed to its top, the rig measured taller than the Eiffel Tower. Only the topside needed to be shifted, but this part of the rig alone, comprising drilling equipment and living quarters, weighed in at more than 24,000 tonnes. In sailed the gargantuan Allseas Pioneering Spirit, a vessel about the length of six jumbo jets, measuring 382 metres long and weighing in at 403,342 tonnes. Pioneering Spirit might have broken a record, but there's room for more impressive cargo yet: her full load capacity is a staggering 48,000 tonnes.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Lovetinz(m): 5:55pm On Sep 09
Statue of liberty..
What is she wearing under that her Toga.
Was underwear shipped along too?

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 5:57pm On Sep 09
Elephants
Elephants might not be anywhere near as big as oil rigs, but they are enormous, and make for pretty unwieldy cargo. The African elephant is the world's heaviest land mammal and is hardly a light load. These days, everyone knows that elephants are an endangered species and a great deal of work goes into conserving them in the wild in both Africa and Asia. Sadly, it hasn't always been this way: over the years, these magnificent creatures have been shifted across continents for zoos, for circuses, even to be used as labour. Elephants are way more powerful than human beings, but the images below show them being loaded on to ships using ropes and hoists.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by eezeribe(m): 5:57pm On Sep 09
OK
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 6:00pm On Sep 09
A Whale
The African elephant might be the planet's biggest land mammal, but the biggest mammal of all is the blue whale. Obviously, whales are experts at navigating the sea, but if they're stuck or stranded, they can't always do that. No one has ever attempted to ship a blue whale, but they have a grey one. In 1997, an orphaned baby grey whale was found off the coast of California. J.J., as she became known, was whisked to SeaWorld in San Diego, where staff nursed her back to health - and helped her grow. A lot. Just over a year after her arrival at SeaWorld, J.J. weighed in at 8700 kg and measured 9.4 metres long, making her the largest animal ever to be kept in captivity. After J.J. learnt to eat food from the bottom of her pool, mimicking the way she would eat from the sea bed in the wild, it was agreed she should be released into ocean. The precious cargo was lifted in a wet hoist aboard a ship called the USCGC Conifer. J.J. was fitted with two GPS tracking devices so that her whereabouts could be monitored, but she knocked them off almost immediately and has never been seen since.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 6:04pm On Sep 09
Cleopatra's Needle
In 1819, Mohammad Ali, leader of Egypt and Sudan, presented the UK with a gift. In honour of Britan's success in the Battle of the Nile and the Battle of Alexandria, Ali kindly gave away a huge, carved Egyptian Obelisk. The UK was grateful, but couldn't cover the cost of shipping the ancient, 21 metre high, 224 tonne structure. In 1877, pioneering doctor Sir William James Erasmus Wilson agreed to pay for the obelisk to be brought to the UK. It was encased in iron, which was fitted with a rudder, a stern and masts. Cleopatra, as the vessel was dubbed, was essentially a bespoke ship made especially for the needle. On her way to the UK, Cleopatra, her crew and precious cargo almost perished in a storm in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully, everyone made it home in one piece and Cleopatra's Needle remains a true London landmark.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 6:13pm On Sep 09
Wind turbines
If you've ever seen a row of wind turbines spinning in the distance, you'd probably find it difficult to appreciate just how big these enormous machines are close-up. Some wind turbines measure over 650 foot, making them tower above the Gherkin building in London, for example. Wind farms at sea are a big success, but transporting an entire turbine by ship would be impossible. Instead, the parts of the turbine, including huge blades, are carried by cargo ship to their destination. Last year, blades measuring 59.5 metres were shipped from China to Australia for a new wind farm. As wind farming becomes an ever-popular form of sustainable fuel, specially-made ships are starting to be built, designed to make it easy to transport these massive components.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by hotspec(m): 6:15pm On Sep 09
Nuclear submarines
Submarines might be designed to travel under water, but sometimes they need a lift. In 2014, the Russian Defence Ministry released these unusual images of a pair of nuclear-powered defence submarines atop a ship. The submarines, Bratsk and Samara Akula, were built in the eighties and nineties, and were being hauled to a shipyard for refurbishment. The vessel carrying them is known as an icebreaker, because of its ability to cut through Russia's unforgiving northern coastline.

Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Nutase(f): 6:26pm On Sep 09
Wow
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Redoil: 6:52pm On Sep 09
What about buhari

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by emmanuel1990(m): 7:43pm On Sep 09
buhari get work.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by modaink333: 8:00pm On Sep 09
What of buhari?

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Mrbigman1(m): 8:36pm On Sep 09
Wind turbine is wow.

But an oil rig is heaviest.

Only one riser alone na sky scraper come add BOP

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Nltaliban(m): 8:55pm On Sep 09
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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Antonblack(m): 10:01pm On Sep 09
op can u show us the ship that is capable of shipping all the money looted from Nigeria ? Am sure only abacha loot is capable of sinking any ship add diezani own join . let me stop dere

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by DONADAMS(m): 11:14pm On Sep 09
Very nice
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by beautydutch(f): 11:55pm On Sep 09
Redoil:
What about buhari
palm oil, buhari is not heavy

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by deewhone(f): 1:04am On Sep 10
Ride on sir!
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by wwwtortoise(m): 4:03am On Sep 10
Two species of all living things (male and female) that boarded and sailed in Noah's ark.



That ark must have been very gigantic and spacious to accommodate various creatures.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by Redoil: 7:14am On Sep 10
beautydutch:
palm oil, buhari is not heavy
beauty baby how many percent sure are you
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by mansakhalifa(m): 7:35am On Sep 10
I came in here expecting to see the Statue of Liberty at the very top of this list-infact at number 1. Glad to say I wasn't disappointed. smiley smiley If it hadn't made the list,then I would have hotly contested it. Back to reading...

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by mansakhalifa(m): 7:44am On Sep 10
Nice post OP. Well done sir. Unfortunately,posts like this hardly grace FP.
Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by mansakhalifa(m): 7:46am On Sep 10
hotspec:
Elephants
Elephants might not be anywhere near as big as oil rigs, but they are enormous, and make for pretty unwieldy cargo. The African elephant is the world's heaviest land mammal and is hardly a light load. These days, everyone knows that elephants are an endangered species and a great deal of work goes into conserving them in the wild in both Africa and Asia. Sadly, it hasn't always been this way: over the years, these magnificent creatures have been shifted across continents for zoos, for circuses, even to be used as labour. Elephants are way more powerful than human beings, but the images below show them being loaded on to ships using ropes and hoists.
These should be the lightest of all the cargoes listed here.

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by sainty2k3(m): 7:58am On Sep 10
Is this Mr Explorer , or we now have another person like him.
If we have many people like this Nairaland will become most educative platform
Weldone op

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by olamil34: 8:11am On Sep 10
i think the biggest thing transported by sea is @seun vision

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Re: The Biggest Things Ever To Be Transported By Sea by emrain(m): 8:16am On Sep 10
Educative

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