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How long is 156 fathoms?

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It's about as long as The QE2.
In other words, the length of The QE2 is 1.03 times 156 fathoms.
(a.k.a. RMS Queen Elizabeth 2) The QE2 has a total length of 161 fathoms. During its voyaging lifetime from 1969 through 2008, it travelled more than 5,250,000,000 fathoms, the furthest cumulative distance by any ship in modern history.
It's about nine-tenths as tall as The Eiffel Tower.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 0.881 times the height of The Eiffel Tower, and the height of The Eiffel Tower is 1.14 times that amount.
(a.k.a. La Tour Eiffel) (Paris, France) (to flagpole peak)
The Eiffel Tower stands 177 fathoms tall, including its flagpole. The Tower is the largest structure in Paris as most other buildings are governed by a zoning restriction limiting them to a height of 20.2 fathoms or less.
It's about one-and-one-fourth times as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 1.26 times the height of The Golden Gate Bridge, and the height of The Golden Gate Bridge is 0.794 times that amount.
(San Francisco, California and Marin County, California) (height above water)
The height of each tower of Golden Gate Bridge is 124 fathoms above the surface of the San Francisco Bay. One of the key designers of the bridge, Charles Ellis, had no engineering degree when he began working on the project, but would later go on to write what became a standard textbook on structural engineering, and would ultimately be forced to complete his calculations on the bridge by working without pay for five months.
It's about three-fourths as tall as The Empire State Building.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 0.74878 times the height of The Empire State Building, and the height of The Empire State Building is 1.3355 times that amount.
(New York City, New York) (to top of building)
The Empire State Building stands 208.34 fathoms to its architectural peak. The spire emerging from the top of the building was originally intended to be a mooring mast for blimps whose passengers could disembark onto a landing platform on the 102nd floor of the building.
It's about one-and-a-half times as tall as The Space Needle.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 1.55 times the height of The Space Needle, and the height of The Space Needle is 0.645 times that amount.
(Seattle, Washington) (to aircraft warning beacon at peak)
Built for a 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 101 fathoms tall. With a track-and-wheel design inspired by railroad mechanics and a precisely-configured balance, the restaurant near the top of the space needle requires just a 1.5 hp motor to rotate at speeds of about 0.053 kph (0.033 mph).
It's about three-fifths as tall as The Petronas Twin Towers.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 0.6313 times the height of The Petronas Twin Towers, and the height of The Petronas Twin Towers is 1.584 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Menara Berkembar Petronas, a.k.a. Petronas Towers) (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (to spire)
Each of the Petronas Towers stands 247.1 fathoms to their spires. Holding the record as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, the towers continue to hold the record for the deepest foundation barrettes — up to 62.88 fathoms deep.
It's about one-and-seven-tenths times as tall as The Washington Monument.
In other words, 156 fathoms is 1.6852 times the height of The Washington Monument, and the height of The Washington Monument is 0.5934 times that amount.
(Washington, D.C.)
The Washington Monument measures 92.569 fathoms tall, with some discrepancy due to the fact that the Monument's base is slightly below the surrounding ground. Interrupted in its construction by the American Civil War, it was almost 36 years between groundbreaking and the completion of construction.