THE HEIGHTS OF BUILDINGS COMPARED WITH LENGTHS OF SHIPS IN 2018

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Some short fifteen [15] YEARS AGO in 2003 I published a story called "Whether Size Matters Or Not?" which looked at the heights of buildings and lengths of ships compared together.

That story can be found here

http://www.godfreydykes.info/bits_and_pieces_volume_v.htm scrolling down to story line No 5.

These are the comparisons I made back then

Category

Names of 
ships or buildings

Height or length

ONE

1. Oil Tanker Jahre Viking, later renamed 'Knock Nevis'

2. Petronas Towers in Malaysia

3. Empire State Building New York

4. U.K., Ocean liner Queen Mary 2

5.  Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan

6. Eiffel Tower in Paris

1504 feet

1453 feet

1250 feet

1132 feet

1098 feet

984 feet

TWO

7. U.K., Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2

8. Battleship USS Wisconsin

9. U.K. Ocean liner Titanic

10. Japanese battleship Yamato

11. U.K., battle cruiser HMS Hood

12. German battleship Bismarck

 962 feet

  887 feet

  882 feet

  863 feet

  860 feet

  825 feet

THREE

13. U.K., battleship HMS Vanguard

14. French battleship Jean Bart

15. Canary Wharf Tower London Docklands

16. Italian battleship Vittori Veneto

17. U.K., battleship HMS Rodney

18. U.K., aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal [Note: Ark Royal has been chosen by me because of her famous name. However, whilst she is the longest ship in the Navy post major refit, she is not the biggest RN ship. That accolade goes to HMS Ocean [L12] weighing in at 21,5000 tons, approximately 1,500 tons heavier than Ark Royal. The smallest ship in the RN is HMS Gleaner [H86] at just 22 tons.] NB. Correct when written Dec 2003.

   820 feet

  805 feet

  800 feet

  778 feet

  710 feet

  680 feet

FOUR

19. Portsmouth UK Spinnaker Tower

20. Nelson's Column London Trafalgar Square

  541 feet

  185 feet

 

and again, this

 

A summary of the Worlds Tallest Buildings updated to December 2005  [Note NOT Towers - see below for definition] However, since I produced this data and these lists everything has got that much bigger.  It is now August 2011 and the mind boggles as to how the list below is totally circumvented by today's standards. Very briefly, in 2011, the worlds tallest structure [tower or building - now academic because floors are being put into towers] - is the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai at 828m. In 2012, they start to build a 1000m [yes, a 1km tall tower] called the Kingdom Tower [that is the Saudi Kingdom] in Jedda and believe it or not, actually on the drawing board is another tower in Dubai, but this time it will be 2400m [gulp....2.4km tall] with 400 stories.  WHAT NEXT ?

 

 

 

Building, city

Year

Stories

Height

Rank

m

ft.

1.

Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan

2004

101

508

1,667

2.

Petronas Tower 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1998

88

452

1,483

3.

Petronas Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1998

88

452

1,483

4.

Sears Tower, Chicago

1974

110

442

1,450

5.

Jin Mao Building, Shanghai

1999

88

421

1,381

6.

Two International Finance Center, Hong Kong

UC03

88

412

1,352

7.

Citic Plaza, Guangzhou, China

1996

80

391

1,283

8.

Shun Hing Square, Shenzhen, China

1996

69

384

1,260

9.

Empire State Building, New York

1931

102

381

1,250

10.

Central Plaza, Hong Kong

1992

78

374

1,227

11.

Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

1989

70

369

1,209

12.

Emirates Tower One, Dubai

1999

55

355

1,165

13.

The Center, Hong Kong

1998

79

350

1,148

14.

T & C Tower, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1997

85

348

1,140

15.

Aon Centre, Chicago

1973

80

346

1,136

16.

John Han*censored* Center, Chicago

1969

100

344

1,127

17.

Burj al Arab Hotel, Dubai

1999

60

321

1,053

18.

Chrysler Building, New York

1930

77

319

1,046

19.

Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta

1993

55

312

1,023

20.

Library Tower, Los Angeles

1990

75

310

1,018

21.

Telekom Malaysia Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur

1999

55

310

1,017

22.

Emirates Tower Two, Dubai

2000

56

309

1,014

23.

AT&T Corporate Center, Chicago

1989

60

307

1,007

24.

JP Morgan Chase Tower, Houston

1982

75

305

1,002

25.

Baiyoke Tower II, Bangkok

1997

85

304

997

26.

Two Prudential Plaza, Chicago

1990

64

303

995

27.

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh

2001

30

302

992

28.

Pyongyang Hotel, Pyongyang, N. Korea

1995

105

300

984

29.

First Canadian Place, Toronto

1975

72

298

978

30.

Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston

1983

71

296

972

31.

Landmark Tower, Yokohama, Japan

1993

70

296

971

32.

Bank of America Center, Seattle

1984

76

295

967

33.

311 South Wacker Drive, Chicago

1990

65

293

961

34.

SEG Plaza, Shenzhen

2000

72

292

957

35.

American International Building, New York

1932

67

290

952

36.

Cheung Kong Center, Hong Kong

1999

70

290

951

37.

Key Tower, Cleveland

1991

57

289

947

38.

Plaza 66, Shanghai

2001

62

288

945

39.

One Liberty Place, Philadelphia

1987

61

288

945

40.

Sunjoy Tomorrow Square, Shanghai

1999

59

285

934

41.

The Trump Building, New York

1930

72

283

927

42.

Bank of America Plaza, Dallas

1985

72

281

921

43.

Overseas Union Bank Centre, Singapore

1986

66

280

919

44.

United Overseas Bank Plaza,
Singapore

1992

66

280

919

45.

Republic Plaza, Singapore

1995

66

280

919

46.

Citicorp Center, New York

1977

59

279

915

47.

Hong Kong New World Building, Shanghai

2001

58

278

913

48.

Scotia Plaza, Toronto

1989

68

275

902

49.

Williams Tower, Houston

1983

64

275

901

50.

Wuhan World Trade Tower, Wuhan

1998

60

273

896

51.

Renaissance Tower, Dallas

1975

56

270

886

52.

Dapeng International Plaza, Guangzhou

UC03

56

269

883

53.

Al Faisaliah Center, Riyadh

2000

30

267

876

54.

900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago

1989

66

265

871

55.

Bank of America Center, Charlotte

1992

60

265

871

56.

SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta

1992

60

265

871

57.

Shenzhen Special Zone Daily Tower, Shenzhen

1998

42

264

866

58.

Tower Palace Three, Tower G, Seoul

UC04

73

264

865

59.

BCE Place–Canada Trust Tower, Toronto

1990

51

263

863

60.

Trump World Tower, New York

2001

72

262

861

61.

Water Tower Place, Chicago

1976

74

262

859

62.

Aon Center, Los Angeles

1974

62

262

858

63.

Post & Telecommunication Hub, Guangzhou

2002

66

260

853

64.

Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco

1972

48

260

853

65.

G.E. Building, New York

1933

70

259

850

66.

Bank One Plaza, Chicago

1969

60

259

850

67.

Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt

1997

56

259

850

68.

Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia

1990

58

258

848

69.

Philippine Bank of Communications, Makati

2000

52

258

848

70.

Park Tower, Chicago

2000

67

257

844

71.

Messeturm, Frankfurt

1990

70

257

843

72.

USX Tower, Pittsburgh

1970

64

256

841

73.

Sorrento 1, Hong Kong

UC03

75

256

840

74..

Mokdong Hyperion Tower A, Seoul

UC03

69

256

840

75.

Rinku Gate Tower, Osaka

1996

56

256

840

76.

Capital Tower, Singapore

2000

52

254

833

77.

Highcliffe, Hong Kong

2003

73

253

831

78.

Osaka World Trade Center, Osaka

1995

55

252

827

79.

Jiali Plaza, Wuhan

1997

61

251

824

80.

Rialto Tower, Melbourne

1985

63

251

823

81.

One Atlantic Center, Atlanta

1987

50

250

820

82.

Wisma 46, Jakarta

1995

46

250

820

83.

Korea Life Insurance Company, Seoul

1985

60

249

      817

84.

Bear Stearns Headquarters Building, New York

2001

45

248

815

85.

CitySpire, New York

1989

75

248

814

86.

One Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York

1961

60

248

813

87.

Bank One Tower, Indianapolis

1989

48

247

811

88.

Royal Charoen Krung Tower, Bangkok

2001

68

247

810

89.

Conde Nast Building, New York

1999

48

247

809

90.

MetLife, New York

1963

59

246

808

91.

JR Central Towers, Nagoya

2000

51

245

804

92.

Shin Kong Life Tower, Taipei, Taiwan

1993

51

244

801

93.

Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England

1993

80

244

800

94.

Malayan Bank, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1988

50

244

799

95.

The Tower, Dubai

2002

54

243

797

96.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo

1991

48

243

797

97.

City Gate Tower, Ramat-Gan

2001

67

242

794

98.

Dalian World Trade Center, Dalian

2000

55

242

794

99.

Woolworth Building, New York

1913

57

241

792

100.

Maxdo Centre, Shanghai

2002

55

241

792

101.

Mellon Bank Center, Philadelphia

1991

54

241

792

102.

Bank of China Mansion, Qindao

1999

54

241

791

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES: Height is measured from street level  of main entrance to structural top of building. Antennas and flag poles are not included. UC = under construction, number indicates year of expected completion.

 

 

 Now in 2019, an update is required, but I am not going to bother with the sheer detail I produced in the above data tables.  Instead I am simply going to state the heights and lengths of one or two famous building adding a few ships only.

 

From the first table above, you will note that it is a ship which clocked in as biggest thing  of all buildings and ships at 1504 feet long, and in the second table, it was a building in Taiwan at 1667 feet high namely the Taipei 101 in the city of Taipei, both monsters in any book!

 

Since then, we have seen London's tallest building the Chard* measuring 1017 feet from street level to tip, and upon opening in 2013 it was not a popular building with few of its 95 floors unoccupied because of high prices and the geographical position of the building on London's skyline. Note how very much smaller it is to the two measurements shown above in red font.

* Another London building isplanned for the City called the Tulip.

 

In 2019 the Knock Nevis [see top table] first No1 ship still held the record as the biggest ship ever made, and probably will always hold that title.

 

All the other leviathans built since my original lists above have been marginally smaller, for instance the visually massive Oasis of the Seas  with a length of 1181 feet, just a few feet longer than QM II with a length of 1132 feet, and the giant USN aircraft carrier [reputed to be the most expensive ship ever at 17.5 billion USD = 13.5 billion GBP @ January 14th  2019 exchange rate, USS Gerald Ford @ 1105 feet, who died in 2006. As for container ships, the largest ones, in various groups are in the close range of 1312 feet, the longest vessels, the new biggest vessels on the high seas. Our new and biggest warship comes in below 1000' long @ 931', a sizeable 174' shorter and a massive 25000 long tons lighter, than Gerald Ford named after  the ex US President, which carries 75 first class fixed wing fighter aircraft.

 

Now as for modern buildings, this is a 2018 update - note the preponderance of China and Far East building!

 

 

Another update is due in another 15 years time [2034] . Smally snag to that, I would have been 106 when due, so don't hold me to it.