Originally Posted by Hugh Akston
Speaking of ships, how many here realize just how gigantic cruise ships have become? Just compare a modern cruise ship with the HMS Titanic
, famous for its gigantic size:
Length to length, height to height comparison:
If the HMS Titanic was being followed by its 21st century counterpart:
When Isambard Kingdom Brunel invented the iron steam powered ocean liner in 1843 it could only carry 730 passengers at a top speed of 39km/h.
A RORO gas turbine powered cruise ship like the HSC Francisco which was launched in 2013 and uses a small waterline area twin hull to reduce drag, aluminum to reduce weight, and water jets to produce immense thrust, can carry 10,024 passengers and 240 cars at a top speed of 107km/h.