It's about three times as long as The QE2.
In other words, 473 fathoms is 2.940 times the length of The QE2, and the length of The QE2 is 0.340 times that amount.(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 three-tenths as long as The National Mall.
In other words, the length of The National Mall is 3 times 473 fathoms.(Washington, D.C.) (to Lincoln Memorial)
From the steps of the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is 2,000 fathoms. On December 4th, 2008, the entirety of the Mall was declared open to the public for the first time in American history in anticipation of the estimated two million visitors to the Mall for the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20th, 2009.
It's about four times as tall as The Golden Gate Bridge.
In other words, 473 fathoms is 3.810 times the height of The Golden Gate Bridge, and the height of The Golden Gate Bridge is 0.2620 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 one-fifth as long as The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In other words, 473 fathoms is 0.220 times the length of The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the length of The Hollywood Walk of Fame is 4.50 times that amount.(Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, Hollywood, California) (approximate length)
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is approximately 2,100 fathoms. Gene Autry, most famous as the singer of "Back in the Saddle Again" and as the writer and singer of "Here Comes Santa Claus," is the only entertainer to have a star in every category — film, television, recording, radio, and theater. One of Autry's stars is also one of only two stars which have been stolen from the Walk and never recovered.
It's about one-fifth as long as The Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In other words, 473 fathoms is 0.2150 times the length of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the length of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 4.651160 times that amount.(Speedway, Indiana) (rectangular oval course)
The rectangular oval course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 2,200 fathoms. While famous for its automotive racing, the first motorsport held at the track was a series of motorcycle races in August, 1909 — a little less than two years before the inaugural Indianapolis 500 race was run.
It's about one-fifth as long as Daytona International Speedway.
In other words, 473 fathoms is 0.2150 times the length of Daytona International Speedway, and the length of Daytona International Speedway is 4.651160 times that amount.(Daytona Beach, Florida) (tri-oval course)
The tri-oval course of the Daytona International Speedway, upon which the NASCAR Daytona 500 is run, is 2,200 fathoms in length. Although the tri-oval design is said to allow for greater visibility during the race, the real reason for the then-unique design was that plot available for construction of the track was only 350 acres and could not accommodate a traditional oval layout of appropriate length.
It's about four-and-a-half times as tall as The Space Needle.
In other words, the height of The Space Needle is 0.2130 times 473 fathoms.(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).