Whenever I have seen a ship being launched in the past, it has always slid into the water stern first and it is usually pretty smooth and graceful. In this video, the ship was launched sideways and went into the water like a diver’s belly flop, splashing water over a vast area that not only soaked spectators who tried to run away but sent debris flying dangerously toward them. It is a wonder no one was hurt. For a moment I thought that the ship had actually capsized.
Here is a view from another angle.
You can see even more dramatic footage of the launch from other angles here.
The nonchalant behavior of the hard-hatted workers suggests that this went as planned. Does anyone know if this is how ships are launched these days?