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    How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    I was coming home, yesterday with just "a few more bottles" when I got the "you have enough to float a battleship already" comment. So, this got me thinking. How much bourbon would it take to float a battleship? Would displacement be affected by alcohol content? Just curios on these points?

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    I belive adding alcohol to the water would reduce the density and cause the battleship to sink. Of course IMHO
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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    I assume the expression means pouring all of the liquid around a beached battleship, and then how much liquid it would take to visably notice the battleship floating. We would need to know the surface area and dimensions (since it likely isn't flat) of the bottom of the ship, and the conditions of the surface upon which the battleship current resides.

    I seriously doubt you have enough to float a battleship.

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    Quote Originally Posted by whskylvr View Post
    I belive adding alcohol to the water would reduce the density and cause the battleship to sink. Of course IMHO
    It is correct that alcohol is less dense than water. It would take more bourbon than water to float a battleship.

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    this site and this picture may help shed some light on this query
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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Reserve View Post
    It is correct that alcohol is less dense than water. It would take more bourbon than water to float a battleship.
    At room temperature you are correct. However, for those of us that like our bourbon at a temperature where water is a solid, the equation changes a bit.

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Special Reserve View Post
    It is correct that alcohol is less dense than water. It would take more bourbon than water to float a battleship.
    More by volume, but I believe the same by weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by chilidawg7 View Post
    this site and this picture may help shed some light on this query
    There are some impressively geeky answers in there. I approve.
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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    It depends on the battleship. An IOWA class battleship displaces 48,425 tons (of seawater) standard and 57,500 tons full load. A displacement ton of seawater equals 35 cubic feet in volume and weighs about 2240 pounds.

    Any way you look at it, that would be one shipload of bourbon.

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    Re: How Much Bourbon Needed To Float A Battleship?

    If said battleship is indeed floating in that much bourbon. And, if I am on said battleship. Then, to anyone who is listening, and has access to four torpedoes, our coordinates are C1,C2, C3, and C4.
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