This is San Diego Bay
Dry Docks, Harbor Excursion
October 3, 2000
When you need to work on a ship, or build one for that matter, you need a way to hoist it out of the water and keep it there. Then you need to be able to float it again when you're finished. That's where the dry dock comes in.
See how tiny this navy frigate looks in this dry dock.
How does it work?
Here is a much larger ship in dry dock. This one has been divided into sections. This is the modern way to build ships too—in sections.
Here's a close-up of the side of a dry dock. This one had a Turkish ship in for repairs. Some of the ballast chamber openings are in the foreground.
Page last updated November 4, 2000.