Image of the Day: A Huge Ship Sawed Into Pieces

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This image bubbled up through the social networking site, Reddit. Its provenance is a little hazy, but Reddit's users collectively put the pieces of the story together

Apparently, the MV Tricolor, a Norwegian ship carrying 3,000 automobiles, sunk in the English Channel during 2002. The ship was so heavy that the salvage team had to cut it into nine pieces with a diamond-encrusted wire in order to lift it. The operation garnered its own website, which remains online, TricolorSalvage.com. Although the image above was pulled from the WayBack Machine, a service of Archive.org that stores old versions of the Internet, the official website has plenty of other mind-bending photos, like the one below. 

We tend to think of cutaway peeks into industrial infrastructure as clean and neat like this Disney cruiseliner. So, what I love about both these images is that they meet our expectations of an infographic, visually exposing something previously hidden, but with the messiness of reality still intact. 

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Oh, and if you want to learn more about how you pull huge chunks of metal out of the sea, check out this graphic-heavy factsheet, from which this final graphic is drawn.

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Via @Albon

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