It's about three-fourths as heavy as The Space Shuttle.
In other words, the weight of The Space Shuttle is 1.30 times 55 tonnes.(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 71 tonnes. The shuttle's spacious cargo bay carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory into orbit in 1999 — a payload that weighed 20 tonnes.
It's about half as heavy as a Blue Whale.
In other words, 55 tonnes is 0.5260 times the weight of a Blue Whale, and the weight of a Blue Whale is 1.90 times that amount.(Balaenoptera musculus)
Blue whales weigh between 105 tonnes. The largest mammal to have ever lived, blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill — tiny invertebrates weighing about 0.000001000 tonnes each.
It's about one-third as heavy as a House.
In other words, 55 tonnes is 0.3530 times the weight of a House, and the weight of a House is 2.830 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 156 tonnes, 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 0.460 tonnes.
It's about five times as heavy as an Anchor of a Cruise Ship.
In other words, 55 tonnes is 4.870 times the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship, and the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship is 0.2050 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 11.30 tonnes. 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 eight-and-a-half times as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
In other words, the weight of a Tyrannosaurus rex is 0.120 times 55 tonnes.(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 6.4 tonnes while alive. A renowned predator in popular culture, the teeth of tyrannosaurus rex were up to 33.02 cm (13 in) long.
It's about nine times as heavy as an Elephant.
In other words, 55 tonnes is 9.10 times the weight of an Elephant, and the weight of an Elephant is 0.110 times that amount.(for African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana) (Adult, bull)
A bull African bush elephant weighs about 6.10 tonnes. Among African elephants, both males and females have tusks (whereas female Asian elephants, Elephas maximus, do not have tusks) which can grow to 3 m (10 ft) and typically weigh about 4 tonnes
It's about one-tenth as heavy as Christ the Redeemer (statue).
In other words, 55 tonnes is 0.0866 times the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue), and the weight of Christ the Redeemer (statue) is 11.50 times that amount.(a.k.a. O Cristo Redentor, a.k.a. Christo redemptor) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Christ the Redeemer weighs 635 tonnes. 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.