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The Reason Champagne Bottles are Broken on the Hulls of New Ships

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Breaking a bottle of champagne over the hull of a new ship is tradition in some countries before launching a vessel. 00:16

  2. One of the first references to breaking a champagne bottle on the hull of a new ship dates back 5,000 years. 00:34

  3. During U.S. Prohibition, water, juice, and cider were often used in place of champagne to christen new ships. 03:09