How an 18th Century Sailing Battleship Works

  • Опубліковано 29 тра 2023
  • Fly through a wooden warship from the age of sail!
    Jacob O'Neal - Modeling, animation, texturing, vfx, music, narrative script
    Wesley O'Neal - Research, technical script
    For a much more history-driven experience, check out Epic History channel's "Victory" series here:
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    0:00 Intro
    00:33 Frame
    02:08 Hold
    03:53 Orlop Deck
    07:33 Lower Gun Deck
    09:36 Bilge pumps
    10:57 Middle Gun Deck
    12:33 Upper Gun Deck
    14:06 Quarter Deck
    14:46 Steering
    16:17 Onboard boats
    17:23 Poop deck
    18:00 Hammocks
    18:48 Anchors
    20:36 Masts, sails, and rigging
    22:52 Setting sail
    0:10 Before commenting, check the top pinned "VIDEO CORRECTIONS" thread.
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  • Animagraffs
    Animagraffs  2 місяці тому +2380

    Feel free to add your knowledge to this comment thread. Remember, teaching others your precious knowledge is a lovely thing and is best done with patience, and not excess sharpness.
    Some viewers have already pointed out that:
    - "battleship" is a modern term not applicable to old ships like this.
    - The boat is a "Pinnace", not pinnacle
    - Proper old English terms like fo'c'sle (forecastle), which we are aware of but which I omitted in the final script.
    - The Grand Magazine had light rooms nearby as well, like the hanging magazines. That is, they had separate rooms with lanterns behind glass for protection.
    - Apparently the yard isn't in the correct spot when hoisted, but I'll be damned if I could find info on just how that should have been situated when I was animating it!
    - The audio isn't the greatest. I know. I was being lazy, and I'll do better next time and give myself the proper time to get it right. I just dislike that part of the project. I've got a proper setup though, it's not my gear. Classic.

    • Reshpeck
      Reshpeck 2 місяці тому +83

      Hey man, I didn't know until this video how "boatswain" was pronounced, and that was pretty damn cool to learn

    • SchlechtGut
      SchlechtGut 2 місяці тому +20

      Beatiful. Just like recent Epic History video on Victoria

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  2 місяці тому +108

      from user "edl617":
      Not a battleship. It’s a Ship of the Line. The Battleline which Is made of of ships of the line. The British Royal Navy rated ships of the line. 6th rate, 5th rate, 4th rate, 3rd Rate, 2nd Rate, and 1st Rate like the HMS Victoria. British Frigates had between 28 to 40 guns, then ships of the line 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 guns

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  2 місяці тому +91

      from "jameshigh6481":
      Ships don't have floors. They have decks.

    • grant smythe
      grant smythe 2 місяці тому +146

      I'm a much older man and remember when color TV first came out. Yes, I'm that old. Anyway, it's a real pleasure to see an intelligent and gifted young person turn his talents to interesting subjects as you have done. I especially liked your videos on the WW2 aircraft but the others are great too. Fascinating. I grew up playing with those airplane models and you've done a fine job of explaining everything about them. I had a model of HMS Victory ages and ages ago. Fascinating. It's a shame to lose that tech from bygone days but time moves on.
      Well, keep on doing your best and follow your bliss and you can't go wrong.

  • Lewiks
    Lewiks 2 місяці тому +6804

    It's incredible how everything seems so rudimentary, yet so well-thought at the same time.

    • Green Wave
      Green Wave 2 місяці тому +348

      rudimentary to us maybe, yet to elk, it is beyond fathom

    • Just Askin'!
      Just Askin'! 2 місяці тому +230

      When I was a kid, I built a plastic model of the Mayflower, one of the ships that brought the Pilgrims to America. You don't know just how many ropes and lines there are until you build a ship, whether it's an accurate model or a real ship. My dad never needed to help with any of my modelling because he and my mother made sure that each of us kids learned early how to read and follow an assembly guide. Dad did help me when it came time to mix paint colors for small one-off batches so that I didn't have to buy a whole bottle of paint for each of the very minor colors in any given model, only to use just a few drops for a part that was supposed to look like oak, or another part that was supposed to look like an off-white railing or something. LOL, all on my paperboy income, hehe! Oak is a tan color, while Mahogany is a darker brown. Once you know how to make the off-colors from your bottles of common colors, that gives you the real power of creativity. Today there's probably an app for that, right?

    • Rob Steele
      Rob Steele 2 місяці тому +446

      That technology was the culmination of centuries of development. We think of it as primitive because it's old but it required vast knowledge and skill to build, maintain, and operate.

    • whyme
      whyme 2 місяці тому +88

      There have always been incredibly clever humans to design this stuff, but technology advances slowly.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 місяці тому +84

      It took centuries of trial and error...

  • Kent Slocum
    Kent Slocum Місяць тому +256

    Not saying that modern warships aren't plenty complicated in their own right, but this video manages to demonstrate the incredible complexity and ingenuity of sailing ships.

  • curt dilger
    curt dilger Місяць тому +187

    As someone who has done 3D computer modeling work for many years, I must say this is astounding work. It epitomizes the powerful teaching potential of computer animation, and fulfills the dreams of people using the technology in the early years. The entire production is seamless and powerful. Makes the delivery of highly detailed and complex information seem easy and effortless, when it takes amazing skill to pull it off. Congratulations and Cheers

    • Dan Gee
      Dan Gee 18 днів тому +1

      This is nothing - just wait until you find out what AI can do.
      We're about 5 years away from a person being able to write a conceptual paragraph, and the result being 10x more detailed than this.
      Technically, you can do it now - but people are still working out the kinks.

    • curt dilger
      curt dilger 18 днів тому

      @Dan Gee Hi thanks for your reply. I've been using text to image ai obsessively for about 6 months and can see the awesome power it promises, and I realize text to video can't be too far behind. Makes the skill and labor of work like this, like all of the skilled labor and taste involved in making great work, seem, sadly, tragically, like a thing of the past. Probably a year away. Cheers

    • koen522
      koen522 16 днів тому

      Look at these Russian trollers

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  13 днів тому +11

      @Dan Gee We are nowhere near AI having the capability to reproduce Animagraff level quality, and when AI does reach that level, things will look different for all of us so I'll live out that reality when it comes. No worries.
      AI has proved useful to me right now, but in a serving capacity, and only if I know a lot about the subject so I can spot AI's many hallucinations, aka "making s**t up". It can be useful for writing code to improve my Blender 3D toolset, and yet, it often makes up commands that don't exist, or writes code that doesn't work, because at this point I often find myself deep into Blender's internals where synthesizing all of Stackoverflow (what AI has done, essentially) isn't going to help me since no one's talking about my specific use case.

    • Dan Gee
      Dan Gee 13 днів тому +2

      @Animagraffs nobody can emulate you, my brother ;)

  • Marcus Ludicrous
    Marcus Ludicrous 2 місяці тому +639

    This video is fantastic. As a history buff, I've always wondered about the details of these ships. This animation is far and away beyond anything I could've ever expected to see. Well, narrated with such detail as well. I think this video is an immensely successful undertaking not just in the superb graphics but the historical detail of the narration. Your team has set the standard that other such historical accounts must measure themselves against. This is truly a valuable contribution to the body of historical literature. I mean...damn!!!

    • bkbj8282
      bkbj8282 Місяць тому +2

      you aren't a history buff. we're all laughing at you.

    • imnothere220
      imnothere220 Місяць тому +1

      "as a history buff" you *need* to say this?

    • Laurie Wood
      Laurie Wood Місяць тому +3

      @bkbj8282 Really?

    • Claudette Delphis
      Claudette Delphis Місяць тому


    • Ray Michaels
      Ray Michaels 18 днів тому

      Marcus - Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Kai Pirinha
    Kai Pirinha Місяць тому +37

    Having heard about the weight of the cannons, having seen the wheels of the cannons, you understand how dangerous a "loose cannon" can be in a storm.

    • Sigma
      Sigma 6 днів тому +4

      Huh, I never made the connection between that saying and ship cannons, but it makes a lot of sense.

    • Economics Analyzed
      Economics Analyzed 3 дні тому

      Yeah you know, you'd almost be better off in a bad storm, if that cannon were to simply fall overboard. You'd lose a cannon, yes, but you'd save the crew and probably lots of damage!

  • Ryan G
    Ryan G 2 місяці тому +77

    800+ crew... I'm a former submariner and I still can't even imagine living for months on end under such crowded conditions. Great video, by the way.

    • Economics Analyzed
      Economics Analyzed 3 дні тому +2

      Yeah that's crazy, huh? And there are only about 6 "seats of ease", which seriously means, if you do the math and exclude the's like 10 minutes per man, per toilet seat in any given 24 hour period. So, you probably had to wait in line to take a shit, and you had 10 minutes on average, to get it done. Now that's pressure.

  • Carnage
    Carnage 2 місяці тому +1971

    It is amazing how advanced these ships really were even hundreds of years ago.

    • Green Wave
      Green Wave 2 місяці тому +21


    • Thomas Daniel
      Thomas Daniel 2 місяці тому +83

      And it is amazing, how advanced and detailed this perfect 3D animation is! 👌🏻

    • necessaryevil455
      necessaryevil455 2 місяці тому +52

      Very expensive to build and operate also. Would love to have seen it in action, what a show. Wouldn't want to stay on one but, to be on board to see, hear and smell the fury of those guns, would be incredible.

    • dr bichat
      dr bichat 2 місяці тому +66

      They were the most advanced equipment of their time

  • Vylius Kateiva
    Vylius Kateiva Місяць тому +56

    Wow, this 18th century warship is a true masterpiece of engineering and design. It's amazing to see how sailors from the past managed to build and operate such a complex vessel with only their hands and basic tools. This ship truly embodies the spirit of exploration, adventure, and bravery that defined the age of sail. I can only imagine what it would have been like to sail on this ship and engage in epic battles on the high seas. Truly a piece of history that deserves to be preserved and celebrated!

    • Joshua Rosemann I
      Joshua Rosemann I Місяць тому +11

      "epic battles" were more like incoherent massacres of the poor youth of their respective country. Let's not romantisize naval war too much, living several months or years at a time on these ships was hell, let alone fighting in it, where it became an over-engineered casket.

    • Electric Speedkiller
      Electric Speedkiller Місяць тому +3

      @Joshua Rosemann I Massacres only happened on boardings. Not sure about 18th century, but at leat until the 16th on the warships that engaged in "massacres" there were professional soldiers, who definately weren't innocent.
      I think the guy was just admiring the sheer brilliance of the 18th century warships and how despite lack of technology, they were still prepared for basically any practical scenario at the time.

    • Joshua Rosemann I
      Joshua Rosemann I Місяць тому +2

      @Electric Speedkiller i as much as him am amazed by the advancement in naval transport technology and i think that ship is amazing. I would love to visit a real ship of this type one day let alone go on a voyage on one. Not so far of where i live there's a reconstruction of a roman ship wchich design is more than 2000 years old. It is fascinating that it basically used the exact same materials and mechanical systems (i.e the ropes, sails, shape and structure of the ship), minus the canons of course. The only real change is the complexity and sheer size and mass of the object (altough roman ships of similar grandeur existed).
      Anyway you're partly right, i'm just skeptical when i see someone idolizing something that underneath the impressive first glance, is just a giant war machine designed to destroy and take as many lives as possible and on which countless people drowned, died of sickness, of famine, were torn apart in explosions or died trying to fight for better conditions. Life on these ships was really hard. No privacy, tiny spaces with little to no light cramed with hundreds of unknown man, the hygiene was terrible, the weather unpredictible, the job itself often dangerous and the pay mostly miserable (depending on the position and time). Not to say all these men were innocent, but all were generally really young, with little to no other choices, on which the national and private marines relied on as disposable. If we ignore that we don't do justice to these men and we learn nothing from history.

    • Konstantinos Nikolakakis
      Konstantinos Nikolakakis Місяць тому +3

      If you’re into reading, there’s three great novel series set during this time in the Royal Navy.
      Hornblower, by C.S. Forester, there’s also a series of TV movies based off some of the novels, and a 50s classic Hollywood film “Captain Horatio Hornblower” starring Gregory Peck, based off some of the later novels (Peck can’t do a British accent to save his life by the way).
      The Aubrey-Maturin series, by Patrick O’Brian, which provided the base material for the 2003 Oscar-winning masterpiece of a film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”. And lastly, the “Lord Ramage” series of novels.

    • bsgfan1
      bsgfan1 Місяць тому +3

      I can understand and agree with your admiration from an engineering perspective. But that other guy had a point when he called out the glorification of ship to ship combat. Combat during the age of sail was gruesome, even at cannon range. Consider that grapeshot (shotgun) was common and chain shot, while meant for masts, would often take any unfortunate sailors in front of their target with them. Usually to messy results.

  • Laurie Wood
    Laurie Wood Місяць тому +17

    These ships were remarkably technological for the era. The design and planning of ship layouts by Naval Architects and Engineers is incredibly precise and practical. It must have required great talent and imagination to conceive of these warships.

    • Sterno
      Sterno 3 дні тому

      "required great talent and imagination"....... and also nearly a millennium of practical experience (try and error)

  • William Hawk
    William Hawk 2 місяці тому +71

    In 1966 using my paper route earnings, I purchased and assembled a Revell©️ plastic model of this amazingly engineered vessel. This model was one of two equally treasured ones of my childhood-the second being the Boeing B17 bomber hanging from the ceiling light of my bedroom then. Now as much as I treasured my humble little plastic “homage” , I never really studied the complex functions of the Victory, but merely focused on the more readily available history of it. So, this is such a treat, so informative, visually rich and downright creative. You have edified me “marvelous much!” I thank you. (P.S. Perhaps you will entertain creating a similar video about the B17, yes?) Thanks again.

    • StoneTheCrow
      StoneTheCrow Місяць тому +3

      No one asked.

    • Patrick Cornfield
      Patrick Cornfield 17 днів тому +1

      Very good, I had the same models (and many more…) but I was rubbish at painting them. Really cool of this video to remind me of all those funny little parts names. I’ve been on the actual ‘Victory’ a few times and there isn’t much headroom on that lower gun deck. A dark and scary place for the men who ‘worked’ there.

  • Dan
    Dan 7 днів тому +2

    Wow, this is excellent. Thank you so much for putting this together. I feel like designing, editing and putting the final touches on this video alone is almost as hard as it was to build that whole ship!

  • Simon v. Blerk
    Simon v. Blerk Місяць тому +19

    I was on HMS Victory over the weekend and it's super cool to see everything here in so much detail to add context to what we experienced. Thanks a bunch for doing this!

  • glen moss
    glen moss 2 місяці тому +357

    The amount of planning, engineering, and construction for a ship built almost 260 years ago is beyond impressive. This was a thoroughly entertaining video. Thank you for creating it.

    • McCleod
      McCleod 2 місяці тому +5

      Agreed. When I visited the ship (it is at the Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth, England) it was unbelievable to me that such a huge and complex vessel could be made out of wood.

    • Sn1p3rSn4k3
      Sn1p3rSn4k3 2 місяці тому +3

      @McCleod I think a planned vacation from the states, she would be a great destination to visit.

    • Richard Gallagher
      Richard Gallagher 2 місяці тому

      Am I right in thinking the actually grew the oak trees years in advance in the shape of the ship or have I made that up?

    • Marcus Aurelius
      Marcus Aurelius 2 місяці тому +1

      as if it's baffling for you to think that people 260 years ago could think, plan and engineer and were not ooga booga cavemen

    • Richard Gallagher
      Richard Gallagher 2 місяці тому +2

      @Marcus Aurelius
      Have you been to Yorkshire?🤔

  • roger wheeler
    roger wheeler 3 дні тому +1

    The labor and skill to build such a massive warship during that time is simply incredible! Great video

  • Roman L
    Roman L 27 днів тому +14

    Hard to believe, that many centuries ago people invented such sophisticated boats and equipment. Moreover, graph quality and detalisation astonishing me! Thank you for this great work!

  • retyi fourthree
    retyi fourthree 6 днів тому +1

    I can’t even imagine how long this took to create! Both the ship itself and the model of the ship. I dk how I found your channel, but i’m glad i did!

  • Dejavu666 wampas
    Dejavu666 wampas 27 днів тому +1

    THAT was well done! Thank you so much for the work you put into this. Very clear, very comprehensive, very educational. You should be proud of your work. You are very good at what you do.

  • Carson Kelly
    Carson Kelly Місяць тому +1

    So amazingly cool. Thank you so much for making this and putting it out there for all of us to see!

  • DirtBiker Guy
    DirtBiker Guy 2 місяці тому +743

    The amount of engineering and crew know how behind this ship is mind blowing. Your animation is beyond incredible and your knowledge and presentation was out of the park. Thank you. I also loved the humor about the poop deck, that was hilarious. This is truly an amazing and informative video.

    • Christian A
      Christian A 2 місяці тому +17

      I keep thinking that computers are complicated, and that we've reached a point where things are very complicated, but the engineering of such a ship is also very complex and I don't know which is more impressive!!! It opens my eyes to see we have a history of really complex devices spanning centuries, if not millennia. :)

    • Anne Frank Vape Pen
      Anne Frank Vape Pen 2 місяці тому +10

      @Christian A Same European people made both.

    • Ranger commander Vel ‘Vlarumai
      Ranger commander Vel ‘Vlarumai 2 місяці тому +17

      It just helps show that our ancestors were no less resourceful or intelligent than us.
      They were just born in a time where we knew less and had less.

    • John Kennedy Silveira
      John Kennedy Silveira 2 місяці тому +3

      Now we know how deforestation began...humans are discussing...but indeed is a great engineering

    • MAF USA
      MAF USA 2 місяці тому +4

      Well not really all the engineering was developed over time, specialized technologies used from other areas are joined together. The real feat is managing the sailors and everyone happy thus a strong discipline was very stringent, whipping….getting the ship to sail is a big feat but done with training over and over again… a lost technology

  • Mace Dindu
    Mace Dindu Місяць тому +2

    This is absolutely fascinating. I've always been very curious how these ships were constructed and functioned. It's insane how complex they were! Imagine designing this on paper!

  • Neil Maw
    Neil Maw 2 дні тому +1

    A most interesting and useful piece of animation, especially to researchers. It must have taken a lot of time and effort to produce - well done ...

  • Jon R
    Jon R 2 місяці тому +3

    This is truly awesome work at every level.
    For anyone super interested in this era of naval warfare, author Patrick O'Brian (of the original Master & Commander) is a literary reference. While fictional, his books are written 100pc in the vernacular of the era and forensically detailed in the day to day crew activities.
    Imagine back in their day, these ships were as modern, full of technology and innovations, as today's nuclear aircraft carriers.

  • lancelot1953
    lancelot1953 Місяць тому +7

    Thank you Animagraffs for this outstanding presentation of a complex topic. The "3-D" effects and breakdown of each deck by section along with the use/translation of vintage sailing terminology is very educational and easy to follow. Foreign language and native speakers do appreciate your selection of "low volume" background soundtrack which is not distracting to the description of your illustrations. Thank you again for such a great production, Ciao, L (Retired Naval Officer)

  • Tony B.
    Tony B. 2 місяці тому +7

    Thank you. This was a briefing I didn't know I needed. The Enginuity of humans are boundless. My head hurts thinking about the trial and error that went into creating this impressive war machine. To be a sea captain, truly meant being responsible for the life and death of close to a thousand men. That power dynamic continues to this day but it was more apparent then, than now...There were too many ways an incompetent Captain could get a whole lot of men killed.

  • The French on the hill
    The French on the hill 2 місяці тому +201

    We actually tend to forget that those ships were engineering marvels. It is crazy to see the amount of work that went into that, and the end result was just astounding. So cool to actually see a ship layer by layer and understand the science behind it.

    • Sveahborn
      Sveahborn 2 місяці тому +2

      Absolutely, highly recommend checking out the salvaged warship Vasa at the museum w/ the same name n Stockholm if you ever have the chance. A 17th century Swedish empire warship. Really impressive to be able to see one IRL and how gigantic it was.. A real beauty & behemot. Like you said, so much effort and hard work went into these projects..

    • Péter Popovics
      Péter Popovics 2 місяці тому +5

      @Sveahborn lmao i agree but Vasa sailed like 1300 meters and sank 💀

    • Sveahborn
      Sveahborn 2 місяці тому +3

      ​@Péter Popovics Haha yeah, makes it even better. A good story of legend.. Vasa was just one of several vessels that were built in similar size to Vasa but the others never got the intricate design choices meant to be flashy and impressive flag ship style. Amount of cannons differed. Anyway, great museum! love that kind of stuff!

    • Robert Haskell
      Robert Haskell 2 місяці тому +1

      It really is an astounding engineering work of art.

    • Artistic Dad
      Artistic Dad 2 місяці тому

      thats what happens when aliens help people out+

  • Meta Tech HD
    Meta Tech HD 15 днів тому

    👏👏👏 Absolutely fascinating! It's amazing to see how much thought and effort went into designing and operating these incredible ships. The level of teamwork required to handle all those sails and ropes is mind-boggling. It's a testament to human ingenuity and innovation.

  • Ollie C
    Ollie C 26 днів тому

    I always thought there must be more to ships from this era that I dont know. But I didn't realise just how well thought out they were and just how much went into them. So practical and really quite clever. It sounds like every single inch of that ship had a purpose. Just awesome engineering, especially for the time. Awesome vid too.

  • Barry Foster
    Barry Foster Місяць тому +2

    I’m so impressed with this video…. Just amazing. I was always fascinated with these ships growing up, the fascination of the pirates and their life of traveling in the ships and everything…… I never understood how complex those ships were. I really had no idea of the weight they was carrying on average. Such a great video.

  • Liam Meier
    Liam Meier 2 дні тому +1

    This clip was absolutely excellent!
    I've been reading nautical fiction (Hornblower, Aubrey, Kydd, Ramage and a little Bolitho) for the last 2-3 years now and while most of them describe the functionings of a man of war quite well there have always been details that have escaped me. This clip introduces all the important aspects to begin to understand a square rigged ship and has managed to enlighten me on some aspects that have always escaped me. The visual renderings are excellent and you've always highlighted what is relevant. I have never seen a better explanatory video on a complex subject such as this clip. Well done!

  • Dave G
    Dave G 27 днів тому

    That was very cool! Thanks for putting this together! So much work went into those ships, that’s insane!

  • Anton Karlsson
    Anton Karlsson 2 місяці тому +566

    I’m blown away, what an absolute masterpice of video. As someone whos always been obsessed with historic ships this is incredible. Please do more!! Greetings from Sweden!

    • Gulan Hem
      Gulan Hem 2 місяці тому +5

      Yes. Next time he should do the vasa ship (1628). Eller hur?

    • starrionx1
      starrionx1 2 місяці тому +6

      Outstanding effort. I thouroughly enjoyed that, and learned alot.

    • Michael Franz
      Michael Franz 2 місяці тому +4

      could not agree more.

    • Peter Cohen
      Peter Cohen 2 місяці тому

      Couldn't agree more.

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      JW from SG 2 місяці тому


  • Big Jermbo  Ktown
    Big Jermbo Ktown Місяць тому +1

    Very impressive video! It really is amazing at how they were able to do all of that with what I would imagine would have been very primitive tools and had the forethought to think of everything that goes into building something like that and to make it all work properly. Very impressive

  • jackie alling
    jackie alling Місяць тому +3

    This is amazing! Thank you and all the creators for their work

  • NY Grl
    NY Grl Місяць тому +1

    That people back then could conceive of and execute such a vessel is amazing! Thanks for all your work on this!

  • Billy
    Billy Місяць тому +1

    The level of ingenuity and genius that went into the engineering of these ships is incredible.
    I never knew a fraction of this information.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Graeme McKay
    Graeme McKay 7 днів тому

    Visited Portsmouth and the Historic dockyard in April. Victory is undergoing a deep restoration / preservation with a special exhibit where you can see the outside during it's repair. The size of the timbers is mind blowing. Took us 4 days to see all the different museums/ships at the Dockyard. Victory, Warrior, Mary Rose, Alliance, RN museum, weapons museum, boat house, dock tour by water. Was fantastic and highly recommended.

  • Professor Starbaby
    Professor Starbaby 2 місяці тому +402

    This ship was the pinnacle of high technology for it's time. Every single part of this ship seems to be well thought out and practical.

    • John Doak
      John Doak 2 місяці тому +20

      In many ways... indeed. However a quick history review shows a few boo-boos. On launching the ship listed to starboard significantly. and the lowest gunports were well below the shipwright/architects calculations- only ~4+ feet above the waterline! So gunports had to stay shut in rough weather.

    • DuckiestBoat959
      DuckiestBoat959 2 місяці тому +1

      Meh, bulkheads, who needs em

    • Walt Ye
      Walt Ye 2 місяці тому +2

      yeah, it like the Chinese repeating crossbow back in Han dynasty, the pinnacle of bow

    • Gail Birchall
      Gail Birchall 2 місяці тому +2

      Only up to recent this always used to be the case, and quality second to none

    • Shineinpoverty
      Shineinpoverty 2 місяці тому +5

      No surprise that nation which could build the best ships was the strongest on earht at that time.

    MEMORY-LAPSE 25 днів тому +3

    ...As a 3D-animator of over 36 years...I must congratulate you on producing an extremely entertaining, educational...and incredibly detailed animated piece!...The level of detail is fantastic, and, as a kid thru my teenage years, I built countless models of old sailing-ships, and would have loved this as a superb reference!...This entire piece is laid out clearly, with great detail and planning..and builds continually with layers and layers until the entire ship has been built..and sailed...I can't even imagine the amount of research that went into this project, nor the extreme amount of modeling and animation...or how much time ya devoted to this...but I THANK-YOU for all your efforts!...👍👍👍...

  • Sureshot 839
    Sureshot 839 7 днів тому

    This is an excellent breakdown of a ship of the line. You should be very proud of your modelling, it's superb.

  • QuirinF
    QuirinF Місяць тому +2

    Absolutely amazing! I‘m a 3D Artist myself, love sailing and history of the age of sail and I also played with the thought of starting a project like this. Just seeing your work and how complex everything is… I will never have time to do it and I marvel at what you achieved.

  • PetesNikon
    PetesNikon Місяць тому +1

    I just wanted to express my enjoyment of this video. The detail is enormous and fully explained together with the buidling of the image, deck by deck and careful explanantions of things shown. Thank you. It must have taken a large amount of work to create.

  • Jake Bray
    Jake Bray Місяць тому +1

    You guys already have so much well deserved praise for your efforts. I just want to say thank you for educating me.
    I appreciate how the approach with its simplicity to a complex topic.

  • Hans Weichselbaum
    Hans Weichselbaum 2 місяці тому +451

    Not sure who to admire more - the shipbuilders from four centuries ago or the maker of this video. Excellent work both of you!

    • Joshua Boley
      Joshua Boley 2 місяці тому +1


    • Charlie Greyfriars
      Charlie Greyfriars 2 місяці тому

      Hear! Hear! 👏👏

    • Joshua Boley
      Joshua Boley 2 місяці тому

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ wow. I saw 1:11 on my phone earlier and thought that had to be a scripture. Thanks

    • xrayban2
      xrayban2 2 місяці тому +2

      I admire sailors living there for months

  • Thomas King
    Thomas King 6 днів тому +1

    Marvelous!!! Congratulations on such a detailed and well made 3d model. I respect the massive investment this consruction required, and then the camera, structural and prop animation. Man, this is just amazing. Thanks for all your massive hard work.

    • Thomas King
      Thomas King 6 днів тому

      The script and narration, also super good! I'd love to see a "making of" video. Really blown away.

  • Joe Merritt
    Joe Merritt Місяць тому +1

    This is an amazing visualization of this highly complex vehicle! It will help me visualize what is going on when I read Patrick O'Brian novels. I highly recommend reading all 20 of them! Historically accurate fiction, on which the movie Master and Commander was based. All of this terminology contained in this video is constantly being referred to in the novels. Thank you so much! This ship must have been incredibly expensive to produce and maintain.

  • D3ST72
    D3ST72 4 дні тому +1

    Absolutely amazing job done here, Thanks for your hard work.

  • D Frat
    D Frat 6 днів тому +1

    Wow, this was incredible; truly superb work on this gentlemen.

  • Vincent Stella
    Vincent Stella Місяць тому

    Sir, thank you very much for posting this extremely well done video. While I would say I personally have an above average knowledge on ships in the Age of Sail, your video still taught me things I did not know. Well done and keep up the great work.

  • Skaldewolf
    Skaldewolf 2 місяці тому +69

    Regarding the anchors:
    Simply raising the anchors was comparably easy to do. Problems started when you wanted to leave an anchorage under adverse wind-conditions.
    In this case you had to raise on anchor, load it onto the launch and row the launch out to sea. There you dropped the anchor from the launch and allowed it to sink to the bottom. Now you hauled in the anchor you just dropped, while carefully allowing the other anchorcable to go slack. That way you dragged your ship out to sea. You now used the launch to raise the original anchor, move it even further out to sea, drop it and start the whole process anew until you could safely raise sails. This process was called 'warping' and was several hours of gruesome labour.
    Warp-speed was neither fast nor pleasant back in the days.

    • Cai Lock
      Cai Lock 2 місяці тому +8

      great comment

    • Twotone
      Twotone 2 місяці тому +4

      Interesting fact and etymology.

    • UltraClipz
      UltraClipz 2 місяці тому +2

      Haha. Ive done this by hand on small boats throwing the anchor ahead. It definitely isn't fun.

  • L S
    L S 15 днів тому

    incredible, can you imagine seeing this thing live, the 3D imaging goes a long way, masterful engineering

  • The Reinvention Of Silvester
    The Reinvention Of Silvester Місяць тому +1

    What a great video!
    I never thought a ship from the 1700s could be a masterpiece, but this has set me straight.
    Engineering has come a long way since, yet without oil, this would immediately become an apex design once again.

  • Charlie B
    Charlie B 19 днів тому

    Great content, thanks for the hard work put in by the people who made this.

  • Paletra
    Paletra Місяць тому

    These videos are freaking awesome. I was just in Puerto Vallarta and I saw an enormous cruise ship. I thought how fantastic it would be to see one of your videos about how it works.

  • rocketscience777999
    rocketscience777999 Місяць тому

    Great video. There had to be a ton of effort to make all the animations. I had no idea how complex the old sailing ships were. It would probably be a monumental effort to try to make one of these ships today.

  • Shot Logic
    Shot Logic 2 місяці тому +370

    the density of sailors and equipment packed into that surprisingly complicated ship, and the engineering to do all of that with wood and such, is astounding. I learned so much from this!

    • Youtube Anything
      Youtube Anything 2 місяці тому +9

      I'm so confused. Dealing with stress on metal structures is hard enough. With wood?? and friction? water exposure?
      this is just mind-blowing

    • Jery Ram
      Jery Ram 2 місяці тому +2

      ​@UA-cam Anything i mean with such a vast storage dedicated to just wood, it kinda makes sense

    • Spike's Pa
      Spike's Pa 2 місяці тому +13

      A wooden ship was flexible and "lived "in its element. The right kinds of wood and basic lubricants and sealants (i.e. tallow and tar) resisted water and weather exposure.

    • LSR
      LSR 2 місяці тому +6

      @UA-cam Anything We still use wood in many watermanagement applications today. Like in groynes to keep rivers from miandering in corners and near sluice gates or even just to provide support to other wooden structures in case of collision when docking near them minimalising damaga to ships, just to name a few.
      The thing with proper wood you have to deal with mostly has to do with oxidation. The layer that might be both in and out of the water at certain times. This can be managed by regulating the water level and treating and of course properly maintaining those structures.
      Here in the Netherlands, river sluice gates are made of out wood some of the time to this day. I've personally even visited a company that made one for a sluice in Zaandam once some years ago. I have pictures somewhere, but they were something like 10 meters or 30 feet in height.
      It's still something reliable as a material, similar to steel depending on the application. Just like wood, steel needs to be treated and maintened properly. It's not a one for all purposes wonder-material.
      On top of that, determining the strength on the characteristics of some wooden structure is not that different from the difficulty the strength of pouring, casting, soldering, welding etc would be. It takes knowledge and tools either way.
      Hope this gave you some insight. If you really want to dive deep, look up some stuff about material mechanics. :)

    • Youtube Anything
      Youtube Anything 2 місяці тому +2

      @LSR that's some dense infos! thanks! can you tell me how they manage to prolong the wood at the point where they hook the beefy ropes of anchors? They literally pull it while sliding rope into wood. That's so much pressure..

  • Pablo Gayol García
    Pablo Gayol García Місяць тому

    Big sail ships have amazed me since childhood, pirate adeventures and all... it seemed something complex but i had never really a clue about how much, nor any idea of how it works. Now I'm way more amazed even, thank you very much!!

  • Ben McSweeney
    Ben McSweeney Місяць тому +2

    Exceptionally informative, with some incredible details. I love the explanation of the pumps, and the inclusion of the condenser (I always wondered if there were other ways to obtain fresh water onboard), and particularly the details of the interior walls that can be lifted out of the way to clear space on the lower decks. Really well-done work, and I feel like you could easily extend this for another 30 minutes just on operations and POV shots

  • T
    T 2 місяці тому +4

    Genuinely stunned at the level of ingenuity. The weight of this thing!! Ive never been into this kind of thing (ships) but now i’ hooked! Thank you!

  • Steven Coons
    Steven Coons Місяць тому +1

    What a great video. Executed with precision. I'm sure you have many hours invested and I thank you the entertainment...just fascinating.

  • surg23
    surg23 Місяць тому

    Great stuff. I'm not really a ship or boat enthusiast but I'm warming up to the idea after playing Age of Pirates 2. Gave me a new appreciation for these impressive vessels.

  • David Uribe
    David Uribe 2 місяці тому +421

    You did an incredible job with this video, especially if ships aren't your specialty. As a sailor, I'm pleasantly surprised by how incredibly popular this video is! 1.6 MILLION views in FIVE days!? Bravo. 👏🏻

    • NikolaiUA
      NikolaiUA 2 місяці тому +3

      Yeah, on this channel views skyrocket once released

    • Luke B
      Luke B 2 місяці тому


    • David Uribe
      David Uribe 2 місяці тому +5

      @Luke B someone who sails?

    • Evan Thornton
      Evan Thornton 2 місяці тому

      It’s also great for falling asleep

  • SandyBritches
    SandyBritches 11 днів тому

    This was very informative. I've always been completely ignorant of how the rigging worked. Your simple breakdown of the workings of just the one sail was exactly what I needed.

  • christian emden
    christian emden Місяць тому

    Thank you very much for a well thought through and informative video. I can’t even imagine how much work went into this.

  • Rafal Otreba
    Rafal Otreba Місяць тому

    I've been on board on HMS "Victory" twice. Amazing ship and still in service to my knowlege.
    Your great presentation made me to understand this masterpiece of ship buildind back then.
    Thank you.🤝

  • Howie From JetsHQ
    Howie From JetsHQ Місяць тому

    Thank you for an amazing animation and explanation. Just wonderful work. A pleasure to watch and learn from!

  • good2 golden
    good2 golden Місяць тому

    Thank you for beautiful graphics and concise explanation. You’ve given me a new appreciation the skill, engineering and society on a battleship.

  • Geese
    Geese 2 місяці тому +396

    I think if the designers and builders of The Victory could see this video they would appreciate it more than words can even describe. Great work!

    • Mvb
      Mvb 2 місяці тому +3

      I don't think they would give a fuck tbh xD

    • Fruit-Punch Samurai
      Fruit-Punch Samurai 2 місяці тому +12

      @Mvb A ship designer would not be interested in a video about ship design... sounds likely.

    • ChilledxAura
      ChilledxAura 2 місяці тому

      My dad worked on it👍👍👍

    • Loiq
      Loiq 2 місяці тому +1

      @Mvb epic troll bro

    • Mvb
      Mvb 2 місяці тому +3

      Yea they wouldn't, they don't even know what a video is. Once explained they would propably appreciate it, and think it's nice how someone spend time on working out one of their designs so far in the future, but "appreciate it more than words can even describe"? Hell no.
      This video wasn't their life purpose.
      They just did their job and designed a ship.
      They probably designed a ton of projects in their lifetime. They would care a lot more about suddenly being 200+ years in the future and finding out how the world developed, how history went down, how their distant family is doing and what new technologies are around.

  • David Bray
    David Bray Місяць тому +2

    What an incredible piece of work you’ve produced. I have to say I was gobsmacked all the way through. Excellent work. Well done. Keep it up

  • Andrews Art & Scale models
    Andrews Art & Scale models 17 днів тому

    Absolutely fascinating! I have never considered all the requirements that have gone into a ship like this. Absolutely amazing 👏 Bravo 👏 great video, I learnt a great deal!

  • Tama We
    Tama We Місяць тому +1

    Brilliant, well explained and well animated. I had no idea how complex an old sail boat like this was. Absolute genius for its day.

  • Smilodon populator
    Smilodon populator Місяць тому

    Well done! The basic load-out is very well done; what the audience needs to keep in mind is that the detailed equipment would be vastly more complex (and beyond the scope of this kind of video). Great job!

    PỺO ΠΟΡΤΗΑΞͶΜ Місяць тому +1

    Impressive but also awe-inspiring. I'm simply overwhelmed by the complexity of this kind of ships.

  • Michel A.
    Michel A. 2 місяці тому +232

    Extraordinary. Congratulations on this phenomenal work. I can't imagine the number of hours you devoted to allow us to admire this magnificent ship. Admiral Nelson would be proud of you. I built a wooden model of this warship in my youth, but I had never known her "insides" until tonight. Thank you and all my respect for your fabulous work.

    • TXLAdventure
      TXLAdventure 2 місяці тому +3

      Amazing, explained everything I had questions about.

    • satyris410
      satyris410 2 місяці тому +2

      Couldn't have said it better myself

  • Rafael Nogueira
    Rafael Nogueira Місяць тому +1

    Finally some videos explaining how these ships used to work, what amazing engineering and logistics for the time...

  • jazzman782000
    jazzman782000 Місяць тому +1

    This is a fantastic animation and explanation. The engineering of these ships is amazing.

  • David Redfern
    David Redfern Місяць тому +1

    State of the art for the time. So many moving parts to make this behemoth seaworthy. Fascinating 🗿

  • Andy Galkin
    Andy Galkin Місяць тому

    Great video. The only thing that I also hoped to see is about structure and roles of a team. How many ppl do what etc. loved the numbers, didn’t realized how much food and ammo/powder it carried by weight

  • sKoggs TheDJ
    sKoggs TheDJ Місяць тому +1

    This legit blew me away. Before watching this I was completely clueless as to the massive scale these things were and even more clueless on the level of genius engineering that went into these things. And the level of detail you included and along with the narration that made the info very approachable and easy to understand. Best educational content on this subject that I have ever seen.

  • Jordan Norton
    Jordan Norton 2 місяці тому +378

    This channel is gonna be an absolute monster one day soon. Incredible work. Keep it up. 👊

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  2 місяці тому +64

      It's inspiring to see you think so :) My brother and I aren't really into the "growth at all costs" model of modern business, so I imagine the channel will grow slow and steady. But I'm happy to have us all along for the ride! :D

    • Allama Sadi
      Allama Sadi 2 місяці тому +16

      @Animagraffs I think slow and steady is good as I think it is stressful to try and work to the algorithm

    • Spiff
      Spiff 2 місяці тому +12

      With this astounding level of quality you are bound for greatness.

    • Zero Fox
      Zero Fox 2 місяці тому +7

      Wow I can’t imagine how much work went in to creating that animation. Thanks for sharing!

    • Volkert Stoll
      Volkert Stoll 2 місяці тому +4

      Nothing to say but BRAVO

  • Paul Steele
    Paul Steele 22 дні тому

    Its amazing what it took to make everything happen every job has to be done right or the whole deck of cards comes crashing down, thanks for taking the effort to make this well informed video I enjoyed watching it

  • Lou B
    Lou B Місяць тому

    That was an amazing display of sailing tech! VERY well done!

  • Jmel
    Jmel Місяць тому +4

    That is actually Incredibly sophisticated my gosh. Mind boggling coordination is needed from the crew! Just wow.

  • Erville Wright
    Erville Wright Місяць тому

    WOW!! I had no idea just how complex the whole operation for a ship of the line was. Excellent presentation by the way.

  • Sean Victor
    Sean Victor 9 днів тому

    Very nicely done informative video, amazing to know that even centuries ago, how things were well thought and planned.

  • John Krone
    John Krone 2 місяці тому +469

    Wow, as a model shipbuilder who is currently building the HMS Victory from plans acquired from the British Maritime Museum this video is invaluable as a great resource to further understand the plans. Incredible work was spent making this video. Respects and much appreciation for this hard work! Subscribed.

    • cdpond
      cdpond 2 місяці тому +7

      I'm on a similar quest. Not a scratch build, but the Corel 1:98 scale kit. I did the main mast cross section (also Corel at the same scale) a couple of decades ago. I've got quite a few books regarding the naval architecture of the Victory, complemented by hundreds of photos I took of her during a visit to Portsmouth. What I like about this video is that it provides a very thorough, yet digestible, description of the ships construction, function and operation. Extremely well done.

    • Denny Liegerot
      Denny Liegerot 2 місяці тому +4

      Are you going to post build videos? I know they're alot of us that would love to see the process/progress.

    • sandra huntington
      sandra huntington 2 місяці тому +9


    • Paul 222
      Paul 222 2 місяці тому +2

      @sandra huntington Totally correct 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    • John Krone
      John Krone 2 місяці тому +8

      @sandra huntington ooof... i touched a nerve there.... do you see i am also typing this all in lowercase ? there is also a space between the 'e' and that question mark..... i am also using many ellipsis ..... do you shout in public to get your point across ? i know many karens that do that .. . . . . . ...
      kk ...

  • CGM
    CGM Місяць тому +3

    Immediately subscribed. This video is beyond good, it's amazing. The visuals, the narration, the information ... TOP NOTCH.

  • ronniestanley75
    ronniestanley75 Місяць тому +4

    I have been on a few smaller boats but, this is enormous! It's a fortress. I can't imagine the amount of work it took to build a ship like this.

    • TheBigHurt
      TheBigHurt Місяць тому +2

      What's truly impressive is how shipyards back in the day could build something like this in a year or even a few months, if pressed.

    • James Edward Richardson
      James Edward Richardson Місяць тому +2

      You can visit this exact ship! Its in Portsmouth, uk

  • Gerard O'Neill
    Gerard O'Neill Місяць тому

    BZ, great work, I've struggled with the naval architecture of the sailing Navy this was very enlightening. Well done Sir

  • Bruce McIntosh
    Bruce McIntosh Місяць тому +2

    Thank you!! That's hardly enough to express my gratitude. You've answered a dozen or more of my questions, and taught me things that I knew nothing about. The graphics we wonderful in terms of explaining the design of the ship in visual terms. Pictures worth a thousand words, indeed! I'd say this was just about magical.

  • Rene Scaletta
    Rene Scaletta Місяць тому

    Thanks for making this video! I remember trying to look these things up in the past and really not finding much, especially regarding the bilge pumps. Much appreciated!

  • steve jette
    steve jette 2 місяці тому +222

    I sailed on the Regina Maris from Tahiti to Hawaii to Mexico in 1973. Then I worked on the Balclutha in San Francisco Bay. This is by far the most complete, most well-done presentation on the subject that I have ever seen. I can't imagine the time and effort that went into this video. Thank you !!!

    • ronald simmons
      ronald simmons 2 місяці тому +4

      steve jette I was introduced to the Regina Maris by the novel Tuning the Rig by Harvey Oxenhorn. I stumbled across her when by chance in the late 90s I was in Greenport NY and walked by her. I had finished reading the book just weeks prior and was stunned to just happen by her like that. She was closed for repairs, so I left a donation and moved on. I was dissapointed to read of her being scrapped. Congratulations on being so blessed to have sailed aboard her.

    • Pat Nitzel
      Pat Nitzel 2 місяці тому +2

      Just trivia but my ex wife's grandfather was the last captain of the Balcutha. He sailed it to its current berth in SF.

    • steve jette
      steve jette 2 місяці тому +1

      @Pat Nitzel Do you know the year ?

  • J G
    J G Місяць тому

    This is incredible work. I have always been curious about how things work and are put together. Top notch video. I'll be exploring what else you have posted. Genuinely impressed. Easiest subscribe I've done in months. Well done!

  • Peter Cook
    Peter Cook Місяць тому +1

    I've seen the real thing many times, but your animation is by far the best explanation I've ever seen. It is outstanding. You need to be very proud of it.

  • Steve Gavin
    Steve Gavin Місяць тому

    Such a remarkable video! I have no boat experience, but I love engineering. I watched this 3 times! Brilliant work! I'm happy to subscribe and I look forward to seeing more of your videos.

  • Thane
    Thane Місяць тому

    Wow! Fantastic video! It is so refreshing to learn this. Thank you for the wealth of information! I only wish more documentaries were like this. Learning keeps us alive and plodding forward.

  • ddoyle11
    ddoyle11 Місяць тому +1

    Very impressive, both your animation and the genius of the designers of these ships. The officers and sailors must have worked like a finely tuned machine. I can't imagine what it must have been like to be onboard for months at a time.

  • Starmada
    Starmada 2 місяці тому +493

    It’s honestly amazing how creative humans have been able to get with simple kinetic energy and only the simple force of our muscles and wind and water. The sheer ingenuity and design history in every plank of this ship is seriously impressive.

    • Tiyung01
      Tiyung01 2 місяці тому +3

      I agree

    • Fastbikkel
      Fastbikkel 2 місяці тому +6

      And they had the guts to travel far.

    • 02markcal
      02markcal 2 місяці тому +8

      I agree, with only the force of Mother natures wind to move something so incredibly heavy, just imagine the sounds that ship would make sailing at night while sleeping.

    • 02markcal
      02markcal 2 місяці тому +5

      @Fastbikkel Smart, redundant compasses, without the knowledge of using the stars to navigate, having only one malfunctioning compass would be very perilous and could have you sailing into unfriendly territory, with deadly consequences.

    THOTH Місяць тому +8

    For anyone interested in the royal navy of this time period and who like historical fiction, I very highly recommend the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.

    • Liz Berezin
      Liz Berezin 8 днів тому +1

      And the Hornblower series by C. S. Forester!
      Need to reread all of these books with this video in mind! You start understanding many terms while you read, but this clarifies things further.

  • Adrian Gabriel Jones
    Adrian Gabriel Jones 7 днів тому

    Thank you for the video! After seeing Victory on numerous ocasions many years ago, it was nice visualising everything again!