VFX Artist Shows You TRUE POWER of Warships!

VFX Artist Shows You TRUE POWER of Warships!

[learning with wren time!] I was doing some research the other day when I came across this image of a battleship. Just exploding. It’s pretty gnarly photo I mean you can clearly see the blast wave hitting the water after staring at it a moment I realized I wasn’t looking at an explosion hitting the ship. I was looking at the most absurdly oversized muzzle flash I’d ever seen. The ship was actually firing several massive guns all at the same time And that’s when I realized that I know almost nothing about Battleships or naval warfare for that matter. All of these questions come to mind, like how big are the ships, how powerful are they? What kind of guns do they have? How do they float? And the more I research the more I discover just how impressive these vessels really are and the feat of engineering It takes to create them So when world of warships reached out to me asking if I would like to make a video I was like yes Please let me do it because I wanted to share some of the crazier things I’ve learned So sit back relax and come on this journey with me while we discover some cool fun facts about warships We’re going places that we can’t normally go First things first, why don’t battleships just sink. They’re these huge Amalgamations of metal and concrete that somehow float. How is this even possible? Well, something you might not realize that is actually really interesting about water is that it is heavy like really heavy. A 1 meter cube of it weighs a metric ton, or 2,200 pounds this box of water weighs more than 16 people and that’s just because water is super dense it weighs a lot. The whole idea of Floating is based on the fact that if something is lighter than water it stays on top of that water But boats and ships are heavier than water as evidenced by all the ships at the bottom of the ocean and yet there’s somehow normally Floating on top the thing is though is that they are shaped in a way to displace water pushing it aside Replacing it with just empty air. And even though boats are heavy the water they push aside is heavier. And that’s the entire idea They’re pushing aside water that weighs more than them. That displaced water exerts an upward force on the boats keeping them afloat And that is called buoyancy and that’s what keeps pretty much all boats afloat The crazy thing is that there’s not really an upper limit to this concept You could have a boat the size of a city as long as it weighs less than the water it pushes aside. Our limits There are mostly with materials science and engineering, but it’s certainly not for lack trying We’ve tried to make some very big boats. Aircraft carriers are some of the largest floating things in existence take the USS Enterprise For example, it was commissioned in the mid 23rd century by the Federation Starfleet to help explore Oh wait, that’s no that’s not right. Wrong Enterprise. Hold up back up the USS Enterprise Aircraft carrier, which is actually the eighth ship to carry that enterprise name was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and served for over 50 years Aircraft carriers are massive because they’re not only actual runways for airplanes But they’re also home to thousands of sailors and dozens of aircrafts. Friggin floating aircraft hangar! The USS Enterprise in particular is the longest warship to have ever been created with a length of 1123 feet. If stood vertically it would stand about a hundred feet taller than the u.s bank building in downtown Los Angeles that would make it taller than every single building in the entire state of California. Even in new york city it’d become the seventh largest Building and actually maybe blend in? You wouldn’t be able to tell it’s there. Okay Yeah, warships are big but let’s bring it back to battleships for a moment. Remember that photo from the beginning of the video? Well, it turns out that that ship is the decommissioned USS Iowa, which is now a museum here in Long Beach That’s actually really close to us. So obviously we had to go check it out. Look at these guns Oh my god, the most interesting thing about this ship in my opinion is the fact that it has three turrets each with three guns and each of those guns have bullets that are 16 inches in diameter. This was also outfitted at one point to take on nuclear shells So imagine like a bullet that’s also a nuclear bomb This is the biggest bullet barrel I’ve ever seen pull it parallel Bullet Bill I mean, obviously it’s not the Paris gun shooting from other countries, but you know Fun fact this ship is about four feet longer than the Titanic This entire thing is the turret and this isn’t even actually attached to the ship. It’s just sitting here It’s just like dropped in if this was the capsize it would fall out and sink These guns are so powerful that they’ve created this misconception that if you were to fire all nine of them sideways at the exact same Time that the ship wouldn’t be able to handle it and it would just rock over upside-down but that doesn’t happen because water is super heavy don’t forget and then acts as a buffer so yeah the ship might move like maybe three to six feet sideways, but it’s not gonna capsize not even close and These are 50 caliber guns meaning at the barrel length is 50 times longer than the diameter of the bullet that it fires in the Bullets. Oh my god. The bullets are massive. They’re 16 inches in diameter 6 feet tall and weighs 2,700 pounds They weigh as much as Nick’s car So every time this ship fires one of those boats is as if it’s firing a Kia Soul. That’s a lot of hamsters So as you can see We have six of these 110 pound explosive bags and they’re filled with just like this explosive propellant that all explodes at the same time firing this bullet It’s super far but here’s where my mind was truly blown away regarding these guns. Not only are the bullets themselves like Stupid heavy, but they can be fired really far the mark 8 gun turrets of this ship can actually fire projectiles 24 miles away now 24 miles might not seem like all that far It’s less distance than a marathon but that’s still so far away. The ship can’t even see the target. It’s shooting it Let me show you what I mean So if you were to actually look out at the horizon while standing on the coast of the ocean You’d only be seeing about 3 miles before the curvature of the earth starts hiding everything behind it because you know the earth is round And we’re actually standing about a hundred feet up on the water right now so we can even see further But even the rangefinder of the USS can only see about 16 miles. So anything beyond that is just hidden by the horizon Imagine this, you know JPL the Jet Propulsion lab in Pasadena. They’re the ones responsible for putting, you know robotic Rovers on Mars Well, let’s say that the Martians aren’t too happy about us driving around on their turf and they decide to invade the JPL Facility in order to stop us. Theoretically to defend ourselves we could just dock the ship in Santa Monica and be within firing range of the mothership talk about defending earth with 1940s technology and fire! Now even though this round is flying at a crazy fast velocity at maximum range It still takes about a minute and a half to reach the target It has a time of flight of about 86 seconds And since I wanted to play this entire shot out in real time That actually gives me a moment to talk to you about world of warships Legends It is the latest version of the warships franchise built from the ground up with console gaming and mind I’ve personally been playing on the PlayStation 4, but you can play on xbox or PC as well Legends puts the power of history’s greatest Warships into your hands allowing you to recruit legendary commanders in fight for naval supremacy with other players around the world The game has officially launched with more content achievements and ships than ever before including the infamous German battleship Tirpitz Which is now the most powerful ship in the game and only available for the next few weeks world of warships Legends is available to play right now for free and if you want to experience what it’s like to fire all nine of these guns at the same time click the link in the description so you can start playing it today and Boom the Martians have now been taken out and earth has been saved again But you know what could have also taken out the Martian ships freakin guided cruise missiles, dude And that’s actually why we don’t see battleships anymore in any Navy they’ve become obsolete in today’s modern world It’s all about air superiority unless about direct naval engagements battleships like the USS Iowa were all about having thick armor and big guns But we’re alternately too costly to operate Compared to smaller and faster cruisers that could launch missiles from a much longer range in spite of that However, battleships are still incredibly impressive feats of Engineering especially considering that the ship was built almost eighty years ago It stands as a testament to human ingenuity and gumption in a time where problems couldn’t be solved by just simply googling the answer.

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “VFX Artist Shows You TRUE POWER of Warships!

  1. John Linnard says:

    Make battlecarriers so you have another class of ships

  2. Nekuro Shouichi says:

    did someone mention my shipfu enty

  3. Faidon _ says:

    May I be an annoying commenter and ask you, on the part of everyone except Americans, please use metric measurements or at least have text or smth

  4. KiWi says:

    Ok cool but like… what the absolute frick is that gun collection in the back at 0:45

  5. Miscellaneous Secret says:

    We've created all this machinery, spent money, effort and time on it just to kill other humans.

  6. Aspiring Catholic says:

    What are you a dumb ass a shell is not a bullet please correct yourself you look like an idiot.

  7. Alex Wong says:

    Iowa 16 inch guns :

    Yamato 18 inch guns : AM I'M A JOKE TO YOU???

  8. Elo Veltix says:

    Calls a 16in shell a bullet 😐

  9. kopfgeldjagar says:

    Cool video, but 2 things…
    -50 caliber means the bullet is .5 inches.
    -With 86 seconds of flight, the target wouldn't be there by the time the projectile arrived. The coreolis effect is in full force at that point.

  10. Just A Dude says:

    Even back in the day, battleships were dick-measuring contests between nations rich enough to build them. They were too expensive to ever really use to their full potential, because you couldn't risk one sinking.

  11. Elman Salvaloza says:

    Trivia the biggest battleship made was Yamato WW2…..

  12. itsMeMAQG 2008 says:


  13. parv pandey says:

    I love the fact that when he talked about the earth being flat, he put up an actual image of the same to prevent the attack of flatards!

  14. Søren Bomberg says:

    Ships Wren…….ships

  15. RCFlyBoy314 says:

    Anyone have a lead on the Gemini tee shirt?

  16. James Pagulayan says:

    He said if all the guns shot at the same time it would quote "night move 3 to 6 feet sideways." That just makes me laugh

    My uncle worked on the uss Alabama which is now a museum said if shot at the same time same place the ship would move 30 feet back

  17. Dewitten04 says:

    Rwong trippis is bad Iowa is a better Ship

  18. Yu Ryan says:

    0:27 i thought that the battleships recoil actually sank it

  19. Its TTSI says:

    6:40 the camera speeds up

  20. Faran Ahmad says:

    Corridor Video comes :
    Me :is that legit and real?

  21. lyle long says:

    I was not prepared to laugh as hard as I did at "that's alot of hamsters"

  22. Harrison McKee says:

    Heyyy. Someone got the Curiosity Box 12.
    (the gemini shirt comes with it, I have it)

  23. The BossDrummer Fernandez says:

    Talks about battleships*

    Photo: aircraft carrier

  24. Tobias Anderson says:

    btw, if you live in iowa you can go in the ship for free

  25. Icetrucker says:

    1:27 weird flex but okay

  26. Jean-Jacques Manca says:

    Am I the only who thought he was mrbeast merch at first.

  27. SweeFlyBoy's Fish says:

    1:00 to 2:00 lol I learned this in 2nd grade lel

  28. Hector Cano Parizot says:

    5:56 what movie is that

  29. CozmicPlayz Minecraft says:

    I don’t know bout y’all, but you can’t beat my tnt cannon in minecraft

  30. Emil Christian Hinz says:

    2:58 better known as the "Maze Bank tower"

  31. Aster0th112 says:

    Yea war is becoming more and more pussy… should just knock it off now before it becomes robot vs robot

  32. Ryan Halford says:

    The earth is round!! Lol. So funny

  33. GK 2páç says:

    5:55 film namee plss :(((

  34. Josh Richards says:

    Took you that long to figure out out huh?

  35. THEH2OSHARK / says:

    Lol the hamster Kia soul commercial

  36. Archaean says:

    What movie is that at 5:55 ?

  37. Wyatt Mackay says:

    2:57 so GTA V IS based on LA

  38. WCGamePlay says:

    World of warships is similar to battle of warships{BTW it's free(also includes paid promotion)and it's available on mobiles}

  39. Chunky Bacon says:

    I though that car was getting fingered

  40. AlienProGG says:

    5:25 angry flat earthers joined the chat

  41. Desertwhale says:

    You god damn genius. You found a way to get me to listen to your sponsor without skipping ahead!!!

  42. Aaron Pape says:

    Go Navy

  43. Supreme Leader Nugget says:

    This is making me want to play Battleship

    Man i loved that game when i was a kid, best board game legit

  44. maverick0698 says:

    All this time I thought we still had battleships roaming the waters and dishing out Freedom. Huh.

  45. James Bond says:

    LOL i dint see in nyc

  46. James Bond says:

    thees things are pellet guns compared to a railgun. A railgun can shoot a 2.7 ton bullet over 100 miles!

  47. Andrew Lang says:


  48. Matthew Prefontaine says:

    I was on that

  49. Danny Cullen says:


    And boom the earth is saved AGIAIN

  50. Temp says:

    Imagine if God releases a patch note and battle ships don't work any more

  51. Brock Augusto says:

    the width of the ship also helps with the rocking while firing the guns sideways.

  52. Deran Hall says:

    The USS Iowa is in San Pedro, 5 miles from Long Beach as the bird flies, 8 miles via water. Big difference. Opposite side of the harbor.

  53. Lucas Martin says:

    "earth is round"

  54. Samo Danilo says:

    4:41 your welcome

  55. Parker Thomsen says:

    I need to know about how boats float for school… the perfect coverup.

  56. lucas dreyer says:

    Best way To show an add

  57. RoguellVoid says:

    You have to watch the movie battleship

  58. Paul Racine says:

    4:48…Never understood this!

  59. Tarun Verma Films says:

    lens: why did you put me up in the water !

    viewer: you dont know how smart are we?

  60. recks893 says:

    Everyone's commenting about Wren geeking out over the engineering standpoints of this (which I love by the way), and I'm over here like, it would be awesome to have him as a friend on PS4 and play some games with him!

  61. vanguardreviewer says:

    From the depths: You can shoot a shell the size of a tour bus that has a blast radius of 3 football fields

  62. Detroid Animates says:

    Yey is le yumato i think

  63. The FlaminViendetta says:

    So if the world is round,
    Then roads are not straight,
    If shell is flying straight
    Technically it doesnt fly straight
    It curves
    So technically wanted movie is possible
    Since bullet curves
    Like our world
    Is curvy
    If you made a hole on top and bottom of the world
    And if you jump down from top
    Would u be upside-down
    Or opposite

    Me also:!????

  64. Kyle Blauf says:

    Guns are 600 ft long

  65. Flying Noisy trumpet says:

    3:49 its not paris gun its called shwerer gustav
    Or the second version dora

  66. Izmam Rahman says:

    A warship just a runway SLAPPED to a big ass boat

  67. flup pup says:

    Why does he call the shells bullets

  68. BlueShift815 says:

    So how far would a shell go if it was fired straight up into the air?

  69. Magic_Zach says:

    At 0:24, can someone explain the E=mc² on the deck of the carrier? Like…why?

  70. mike mallen says:

    One thing that you guys got wrong.
    If a battleship can shoot a bullet 24 miles that weights as much as a car, it does not mean that it can shoot a car 24 miles.
    Bullets are shaped differently than cars, and the car would have so much more drag then a bullet, I doubt that it would make it one mile.
    You have to calculate the drag (drag is equal to the drag coefficient times the density times half of the velocity squared times the reference area) to see how far a battleship could shoot a car.
    I thought you guys would know this, or you just expected people to be stupid, but come on, you can't be so lazy. It would be cool if a battleship had enough power to shoot a car 24 miles, but science just doesn't work like that.

  71. Yolanda Mono says:

    So did you research and then coincidentally World Of Warships "reach out" to you or was it the other way round?

  72. Wustenfuchs says:

    USS Gerald R. Ford is 5 m longer than the USS Enterprise, and she was built in 2009 or smth
    the paris gun and Schwerer Gustav are two different guns.
    the turret has nothing to do with the range of the weapon? I guess you could say it puts immense strain on a less-sturdy turret but still weird to give range-tables based on the turret
    "crazy velocity" relax buddy-o, its just 820 m/s, your typical rifle fires at around 950m/s, not that fast
    Tirpitz is infamous? most people know her sister Bismarck and sometimes even forget that she existed
    guided cruise missile is redundant. a cruise missile is guided by nature. Google what Cruise missile means.
    Battleships are obsolete but thanks to missile cruisers and cruise missiles? They were outdated in WW2 and in the 50s thanks to air superiority. Cruise missiles were the final nail in the coffin
    please call ships but their names or refer to them as "she", its quite annoying to hear "it"
    among the worst explanations of boyancy
    I cant stand the measurement system
    -No mention of Yamato, the biggest daddy
    -No understanding of ships, warfare or physics

  73. Yui 187 says:

    This is actually a really good well researched video. Its a good introduction to battleships to your average person and really gives a good perspective on how big things are. (Although im more used to the term shell than bullet for naval guns but still a good video)

  74. Alexander Pak says:

    Wow, bullet that weights more than a ton! Incredible. I can't imagine it!!!

  75. Václav Hora says:

    1.9k flatearthers disliked this video

  76. Hann Gaming & Vlogs says:

    That little scene you mentioned reminds me of rim of the world

  77. Ethan Karp says:

    5:29 Flat Earthers be like, *angry noises*

  78. Ethan Karp says:

    After watching this, I think I know what the Pacific Rim Jaegers might be based on…

  79. Your Daily Grapes says:

    1:27 You almost gave me a heart attack!!!

  80. Yourenotme says:

    Next video: firing a 360 camera in a warship canon

  81. Abroadbow79 YT says:

    sees thumbnail

    Me: ah yes traveling the American way

  82. Tenetic says:

    0:24 Einstein enters the chat.

  83. that random dude that's so random says:


    heh get it

  84. Barrett Films says:

    Imma cry for that lens

  85. paulchoi1124 says:

    Now you have to make the gun

  86. Anorak says:

    I live a few miles away from where some aircraft carriers and submarines are docked, you don’t really understand how big they are still you see them in person

  87. an Undead Soldier says:

    More like WoW reached out to you so you had to do this.

  88. Henry Zhang says:


  89. Buran 96 says:

    It would be fantastic for the rest of the World if you also implement measurements using the international metric system and not only the "bald eagle per hot dog square" in order to understand the video.

    Signed: The rest of the Earth living population but USA

  90. Samuel Lee says:

    Storing those ammo rounds is not fun.

  91. StunningRapier says:

    This is how you do a sponsored video.

  92. Dale Robertson says:

    Wren should do more of these comparison videos they're really cool!

  93. Timon Damerow says:

    did you use real flow??
    or octane??

  94. I-know-ALICE says:

    Why is there E=mc² on the deck?

  95. Ae says:

    b u l l e t s

  96. Mark Newman says:

    5:30 just triggered a bunch of dumbass flatearthers

  97. Jacob Tremblay says:

    Did anyone notice the bullet fired 2 Disney land

  98. No Akomplice says:

    Looks a bit bigger than .50 Caliber…

  99. Axel K says:

    do the video again, but this time with the " Schweren Gustav "

  100. Oculus says:

    2:45 fricking floating aircraft hangar – FFAH

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