The ship launching ceremony is the process whereby the vessel is transferred to the water. It is not something new, the origin of this ritual has been done since the early 19th century, although it had evolved in time. For example, it was common breaking a red wine bottle over the bow, because it was believed to be a lucky charm. Then, the white wine replaced the red one, and years after champagne became the most used one. Since the very first beginning this ceremony represents a public spectacle.
In order to understand the relevance of the ritual, let’s put ourselves in 1875 when the Princess Alexandra, wife of the Prince of Wales, introduced an Anglican choral service in the launching ceremony for battleship Alexandra. They used to sing Psalm 107 and it still has special meaning to mariners:
They that go down to the sea in ships;
That do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.
At present the ceremony of the ship launches is quite different. Although in some cases they still breaking champagne bottles over the bow, it is really impressive to see how huge vessels are transferred to the water. We recommend you to watch this compilation of ship launches, you won’t regret! Let us know in the comments if you have attended to any ship launch ceremony.