Carnival Legend Dench soaked


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Morning all,

Did anyone see the news yesterday of the official naming ceremony of the Carnival Legend in Harwich, England? In the tradition of smashing a champagne bottle off the side, it broke only on the 3rd attempt and plastered Carnival Legend Godmother Dame Judi Dench. She just laughed it off though.

Is there a record of ships where the champagne bottle failed to break and the ship then met with some unlucky event?

Cheers,

Boz
 

Dave Gittins

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Probably zillions, since most ships get the champagne treatment, including those lost in war.

Personally, I thought it was a fool thing to do. Dame Judy or the officer could have received nasty injuries. It's a good idea to attack the bottle with a glass cutter to make sure it breaks first time. Then let it swing and stand well clear.
 

Erik Wood

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The submarine K-19 when commissioned, the bottle didn't break right off. I am glad I won't be on that ship.
 
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A word to the wise--don't try knicking the glass of a champagne bottle when you go to christen a ship. Sometimes, the bottle explodes with disasterous results. That's why the dirty little secret to us a special bottle filled with foaming water. These are available commercially. They are thin-wall bottles wrapped in a nylon mesh to catch any flying glass. The effect is that of a champagne christening, but you don't take any chances on blinding the sponsor.

The "bad luck" business is if the bottle NEVER breaks. That's why at most launchings there is a strong armed man posted to slam the bottle back against the ship if the sponsor fails. I read of one case where somebody chased the ship down the ways to get that job done, although I believe this to have been a sea story.

On the subject of ship christening sea stories--it is said that the sponsor for a new Liberty Ship arrived at a Kaiser shipyard during World War II. Those were the days when ships were being constructed in record time. The sponsor was ushered to a christening platform, but there was no ship in front of it. "What am I to do," the lady asked. "Just start swinging the bottle," the yard foreman explained. "We'll have a ship built there in time."

It may be bad luck for the bottle not to break, but it is disasterous luck for a ship to stick on the ways. Need proof--Great Eastern.

-- David G. Brown
 

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Bottle never breaks doesn't break the first time. Whatever, I still wouldn't want to sail the ship. It is a floating hunk of....ship parts.
 
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