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How an 18th Century Sailing Battleship Works

  • Published on May 27, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • 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
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Comments • 6 334

  • Animagraffs
    Animagraffs  2 months ago +2375

    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 months ago +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 months ago +20

      Beatiful. Just like recent Epic History video on Victoria

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  2 months ago +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 months ago +91

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

    • grant smythe
      grant smythe 2 months ago +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 months ago +6788

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

    • Green Wave
      Green Wave 2 months ago +349

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

    • Just Askin'!
      Just Askin'! 2 months ago +231

      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 months ago +444

      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 months ago +88

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

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 months ago +84

      It took centuries of trial and error...

  • Kent Slocum
    Kent Slocum Month ago +251

    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 Month ago +175

    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 15 days ago +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 15 days ago

      @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 13 days ago

      Look at these Russian trollers

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  10 days ago +9

      @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 10 days ago +1

      @Animagraffs nobody can emulate you, my brother ;)

  • Marcus Ludicrous
    Marcus Ludicrous Month ago +636

    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 Month ago +2

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

    • imnothere220
      imnothere220 Month ago +1

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

    • Laurie Wood
      Laurie Wood Month ago +3

      @bkbj8282 Really?

    • Claudette Delphis
      Claudette Delphis Month ago


    • Ray Michaels
      Ray Michaels 15 days ago

      Marcus - Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Kai Pirinha
    Kai Pirinha Month ago +33

    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 4 days ago +2

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

    • Economics Analyzed
      Economics Analyzed Day ago

      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 Month ago +71

    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 Day ago +1

      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 officers...it'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 months ago +1968

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

    • Green Wave
      Green Wave 2 months ago +21


    • Thomas Daniel
      Thomas Daniel 2 months ago +83

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

    • necessaryevil455
      necessaryevil455 2 months ago +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 months ago +66

      They were the most advanced equipment of their time

  • Vylius Kateiva
    Vylius Kateiva Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +16

    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 16 hours ago

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

  • William Hawk
    William Hawk Month ago +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 29 days ago +3

      No one asked.

    • Patrick Cornfield
      Patrick Cornfield 15 days ago +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.

  • Roman L
    Roman L 25 days ago +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!

  • Dan
    Dan 4 days ago +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!

  • glen moss
    glen moss 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +3

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

    • Richard Gallagher
      Richard Gallagher 2 months ago

      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 months ago +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 months ago +2

      @Marcus Aurelius
      Have you been to Yorkshire?🤔

  • Simon v. Blerk
    Simon v. Blerk Month ago +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!

  • NY Grl
    NY Grl Month ago +1

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

  • roger wheeler
    roger wheeler Day ago +1

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

  • Dave G
    Dave G 25 days ago

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

  • Jon R
    Jon R Month ago +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.

  • DirtBiker Guy
    DirtBiker Guy 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +10

      @Christian A Same European people made both.

    • Ranger commander Vel ‘Vlarumai
      Ranger commander Vel ‘Vlarumai 2 months ago +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 months ago +3

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

    • MAF USA
      MAF USA 2 months ago +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…..now a lost technology

  • Mace Dindu
    Mace Dindu Month ago +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!

  • Dejavu666 wampas
    Dejavu666 wampas 25 days ago +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.

  • retyi fourthree
    retyi fourthree 4 days ago +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!

  • Carson Kelly
    Carson Kelly Month ago +1

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

  • lancelot1953
    lancelot1953 Month ago +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)

  • The French on the hill
    The French on the hill 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +5

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

    • Sveahborn
      Sveahborn 2 months ago +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 months ago +1

      It really is an astounding engineering work of art.

    • Artistic Dad
      Artistic Dad 2 months ago

      thats what happens when aliens help people out+

  • Barry Foster
    Barry Foster 28 days ago +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.


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

  • Tony B.
    Tony B. Month ago +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.

  • Meta Tech HD
    Meta Tech HD 13 days ago

    👏👏👏 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.

  • David Bray
    David Bray Month ago +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

  • Professor Starbaby
    Professor Starbaby 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +1

      Meh, bulkheads, who needs em

    • Walt Ye
      Walt Ye 2 months ago +2

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

    • Gail Birchall
      Gail Birchall 2 months ago +2

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

    • Shineinpoverty
      Shineinpoverty 2 months ago +5

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

  • Billy
    Billy Month ago +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!

  • Ollie C
    Ollie C 24 days ago

    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.

  • L S
    L S 13 days ago

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

    THOTH Month ago +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 6 days ago +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.

  • Sureshot 839
    Sureshot 839 5 days ago

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

  • Anton Karlsson
    Anton Karlsson 2 months ago +567

    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 months ago +5

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

    • starrionx1
      starrionx1 2 months ago +6

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

    • Michael Franz
      Michael Franz 2 months ago +4

      could not agree more.

    • Peter Cohen
      Peter Cohen 2 months ago

      Couldn't agree more.

    • JW from SG
      JW from SG 2 months ago


  • David Redfern
    David Redfern Month ago +1

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

    MEMORY-LAPSE 22 days ago +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!...👍👍👍...

  • Reki
    Reki Month ago

    До просмотра этого видео не представлял насколько сложна конструкция линейного корабля. Отличная работа!

  • Jmel
    Jmel Month ago +4

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

  • T
    T Month ago +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!

  • Shot Logic
    Shot Logic 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +2

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

    • Spike's Pa
      Spike's Pa 2 months ago +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 months ago +6

      @Clip-Share 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 months ago +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..

  • Big Jermbo  Ktown
    Big Jermbo Ktown Month ago +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

  • Sheldon Cowie
    Sheldon Cowie Month ago

    Love the work you have put into this. It's really good and I learnt a lot.

  • Rafael Nogueira
    Rafael Nogueira Month ago +1

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

  • Graeme McKay
    Graeme McKay 4 days ago

    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.

  • QuirinF
    QuirinF Month ago +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.

  • Michel A.
    Michel A. 2 months ago +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 months ago +3

      Amazing, explained everything I had questions about.

    • satyris410
      satyris410 2 months ago +2

      Couldn't have said it better myself

  • Joe Merritt
    Joe Merritt Month ago +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.

  • jackie alling
    jackie alling Month ago +3

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

  • HunterH 117
    HunterH 117 6 days ago

    Knowing how tricky it can be to orchestrate a crew of 2 to 4 sailors to operate 3 sails, I can't even imagine how chaotic the deck was on these behemoths

  • Cicolas Nage
    Cicolas Nage Month ago

    this is honestly one of the most fascinating things i have ever watched. i had no idea whatsoever of the complexity involved with these marvels of engineering

  • Charlie B
    Charlie B 17 days ago

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

  • Hans Weichselbaum
    Hans Weichselbaum 2 months ago +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 months ago +1


    • Charlie Greyfriars
      Charlie Greyfriars 2 months ago

      Hear! Hear! 👏👏

    • Joshua Boley
      Joshua Boley 2 months ago

      @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 Month ago +2

      I admire sailors living there for months

  • امیرمحمد
    امیرمحمد 17 days ago +1

    Nice video. Content creators like you are the jewels of youtube ✨

  • Charles Garten
    Charles Garten 21 day ago

    This was high technology and precision engineering in its day. Very impressive.

  • ronniestanley75
    ronniestanley75 Month ago +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 Month ago +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 Month ago +2

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

  • rocketscience777999

    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.

  • PeterPaul1577
    PeterPaul1577 Month ago

    As someone making 3D animations, I would like to draw attention to the most excellent hard work presented here.

  • Skaldewolf
    Skaldewolf 2 months ago +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 months ago +8

      great comment

    • Twotone
      Twotone 2 months ago +4

      Interesting fact and etymology.

    • UltraClipz
      UltraClipz 2 months ago +2

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

  • morningstar
    morningstar Month ago +1

    Excellent. Watched a few videos about HMS Victory and this among the best. Been lucky enough to visit the legendary ship. Would love to visit her again know i know more about the build and functionality thanks to videos like this. I believe she remained in active service far longer than projected due to her first rate design. Thank you!

  • Lou B
    Lou B Month ago

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

  • Bronco XY
    Bronco XY 15 days ago

    It's incredible what ppl could make back then with what they had; and those ships are literal art pieces at that...

  • Howie From JetsHQ
    Howie From JetsHQ Month ago

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

  • Pahu
    Pahu Month ago

    Every inch of this beast is so tightly packed and densely organised. It really makes you think about how devastating a well placed enemy cannon shot could be.

  • Starmada
    Starmada 2 months ago +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 months ago +3

      I agree

    • Fastbikkel
      Fastbikkel 2 months ago +6

      And they had the guts to travel far.

    • 02markcal
      02markcal 2 months ago +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 months ago +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.

  • christian emden
    christian emden Month ago

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

  • Steven Coons
    Steven Coons Month ago +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 Month ago

    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.

  • Peter Cook
    Peter Cook Month ago +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.

  • Simon Clement
    Simon Clement Month ago

    Wow - great work. I have visited the Victory many times over the years and always walked away in awe of the technology of that era.

  • steve jette
    steve jette 2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +1

      @Pat Nitzel Do you know the year ?

  • Russell Gray
    Russell Gray Month ago

    I don’t use the expression ‘Wow’ but ...Wow!
    Excellent work and as a naval history buff, I’ve been educated 👏👏👏👍🏼

  • SandyBritches
    SandyBritches 9 days ago

    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.

  • shaggy dog
    shaggy dog Month ago +1

    This is some pretty cool animation work.

  • Tama We
    Tama We Month ago +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.

  • Rene Scaletta
    Rene Scaletta Month ago

    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!

  • Jordan Norton
    Jordan Norton 2 months ago +378

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

    • Animagraffs
      Animagraffs  2 months ago +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 months ago +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 months ago +12

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

    • Zero Fox
      Zero Fox 2 months ago +7

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

    • Volkert Stoll
      Volkert Stoll 2 months ago +4

      Nothing to say but BRAVO

  • Paletra
    Paletra Month ago

    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.

  • Sterno
    Sterno 16 hours ago

    After so many years all the boats and ships commanded by Jack Aubrey, Horatio Hornblower and Richard Bolitho came to life to me. Reading all these books I only had the memories of a visit to HMS Victory in 1970 for imagination.

  • Andrews Art & Scale models

    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!

  • Gerard O'Neill
    Gerard O'Neill Month ago

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

  • Manuel
    Manuel 24 days ago

    I congratulate with you for the details and beauty of this awesome and quality animations! Very good job!!

  • Geese
    Geese 2 months ago +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 months ago +3

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

    • Fruit-Punch Samurai
      Fruit-Punch Samurai 2 months ago +12

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

    • ChilledxAura
      ChilledxAura 2 months ago

      My dad worked on it👍👍👍

    • Loiq
      Loiq 2 months ago +1

      @Mvb epic troll bro

    • Mvb
      Mvb 2 months ago +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.

  • Erville Wright
    Erville Wright Month ago

    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 6 days ago

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

  • good2 golden
    good2 golden Month ago

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

  • Jake Bray
    Jake Bray Month ago +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.

  • terry short
    terry short Month ago

    Well done video. I used to do 3 foot models of these types of ships, when I was a kid, your illustrations reminded me of the models instructions. Kudos.

  • David Uribe
    David Uribe 2 months ago +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 months ago +3

      Yeah, on this channel views skyrocket once released

    • Geospatial
      Geospatial 2 months ago +7

      This is an incredible piece of technology. That's what it took to circumnavigate and conquer the entire planet. Space warships of the future will be designed in a similar manner to this.

    • Luke B
      Luke B 2 months ago


    • David Uribe
      David Uribe 2 months ago +5

      @Luke B someone who sails?

    • Evan Thornton
      Evan Thornton 2 months ago

      It’s also great for falling asleep

  • T Av
    T Av Month ago

    Impressive work and so well explained. A must-watch for every Hornblower Fan

  • The Reinvention Of Silvester

    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.

  • Andy Galkin
    Andy Galkin Month ago

    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

  • D3ST72
    D3ST72 2 days ago +1

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

  • J C
    J C 19 days ago

    Truly a feat of its time. Now only if the designers of those ships could see the kinds of ships that are built today. I wonder what they'd say!

  • Anthony Glenn Mollica Sr.
    Anthony Glenn Mollica Sr. 2 months ago +322

    Amazing work guys! As a young kid in the 1960s I could only dream of books or films with such details, it's like a dream come true. Thank you for such a real treat :)

    • Jimmy Ohara
      Jimmy Ohara 2 months ago +2

      Dream come true ?? Seriously, how long have you been awaiting said dream ?? 🤔🙄

    • 02markcal
      02markcal 2 months ago +6

      I sometimes wonder how different my life would be had I access to the vast information of the web when I was growing up in the 70s, I remember card catalogs at the library, and if it wasn't taken out, still in readable condition, some books just aren't as user friendly as the information forms on the web for a visual learner.

    • 02markcal
      02markcal 2 months ago +1

      @Jimmy Ohara Sounds like this video presentation was so detailed his dreams happened 3 days ago.

    • Jimmy Ohara
      Jimmy Ohara Month ago

      @02markcal what about how different for persons living in the 1870's having a vast internetwork web ??
      why just you in your era ?? 🤔🤐

    • 02markcal
      02markcal Month ago

      @Jimmy Ohara My posting was in response to the original comment about the person growing up in the 60s, only dreaming of the details put into books/movies as this video had, but my comment can apply to all past generations.

  • D Frat
    D Frat 3 days ago +1

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

  • CGM
    CGM Month ago +3

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