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How heavy is 1,700 firkins?

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It's about as heavy as The Space Shuttle.
In other words, the weight of The Space Shuttle is 1 times 1,700 firkins.
(for Endeavour, a.k.a. OV-105, a.k.a. Orbiter Vehicle-105) (empty weight, excluding main engines)
When empty, the space shuttle Endeavour weighs 1,700 firkins. The shuttle's spacious cargo bay carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory into orbit in 1999 — a payload that weighed 480 firkins.
It's about two-thirds as heavy as a Blue Whale.
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 0.664 times the weight of a Blue Whale, and the weight of a Blue Whale is 1.51 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue whales weigh between 2,560 firkins. The largest mammal to have ever lived, blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill — tiny invertebrates weighing about 0.0000245 firkins each.
It's about two-fifths as heavy as a House.
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 0.445 times the weight of a House, and the weight of a House is 2.25 times that amount.
(149 sq. m, single-level, unfurnished)
A 149 sq. m (1,600 sq. ft), single-story, unfurnished house (without extensive masonry) of the type commonly found in America would weigh approximately 3,820 firkins, based on the weight of the included materials. In contrast, a yurt — a type of dwelling structure popular among nomadic peoples of East Asia — typically weighs less than 11.3 firkins.
It's about six times as heavy as an Anchor of a Cruise Ship.
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 6.14 times the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship, and the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship is 0.163 times that amount.
(for QE2 forward anchor, a.k.a. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2)
Each of the forward anchors of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 weighs 277 firkins. The anchor of the QE2 now sits in front of the Holyrood Church in Southampton, England, United Kingdom, along a pedestrian tourist route known as "the QE2 mile."
It's about one-tenth as heavy as Christ the Redeemer (statue).
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 0.109 times the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue), and the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue) is 9.17 times that amount.
(a.k.a. O Cristo Redentor, a.k.a. Christo redemptor) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Christ the Redeemer weighs 15,600 firkins. The statue overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro from atop the 709.9-meter (2,329 ft) granite peak in the Tijuca Forest National Park.
It's about nine times as heavy as an Elephant.
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 9.236 times the weight of an Elephant, and the weight of an Elephant is 0.1083 times that amount.
(for African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana) (Adult, bull)
A bull African bush elephant weighs between 184.1 firkins. Among African elephants, both males and females have tusks (female Asian elephants lack tusks) which can grow to 3 m (10 ft) and weigh up to 2.205 firkins.
It's about eleven times as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
In other words, the weight of a Tyrannosaurus rex is 0.091 times 1,700 firkins.
(for FMNH PR2081, a.k.a. "Sue") (a.k.a. Tyrannosaurus, a.k.a. T-Rex) (estimated live weight)
The notable Tyrannosaurus specimen housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois, "Sue," is estimated to have weighed about 160 firkins while alive. A renowned predator in popular culture, the teeth of tyrannosaurus rex were up to 33.02 cm (13 in) long.