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It's about half as heavy as The Space Shuttle.
In other words, 895 firkins is 0.510 times the weight of The Space Shuttle, and the weight of The Space Shuttle is 2 times that amount.
(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 three times as heavy as an Anchor of a Cruise Ship.
In other words, 895 firkins is 3.230 times the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship, and the weight of an Anchor of a Cruise Ship is 0.310 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 five-and-a-half times as heavy as a Tyrannosaurus rex.
In other words, the weight of a Tyrannosaurus rex is 0.180 times 895 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.
It's about six times as heavy as an Elephant.
In other words, the weight of an Elephant is 0.170 times 895 firkins.
(for African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana) (Adult, bull)
A bull African bush elephant weighs about 150 firkins. 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 weigh up to 2.20 firkins.
It's about nine-and-a-half times as heavy as a Hippopotamus.
In other words, 895 firkins is 9.740 times the weight of a Hippopotamus, and the weight of a Hippopotamus is 0.1030 times that amount.
(Hippopotamus amphibius) (adult, male)
The average weight of an adult male hippopotamus ranges from 91.90 firkins. Appearances to the contrary, adult hippos cannot swim or float in water; they actually move by leaping and walking across lake bottoms at about 8 kph (5 mph).
It's about fourteen times as heavy as The Tongue of a Blue Whale.
In other words, the weight of The Tongue of a Blue Whale is 0.071 times 895 firkins.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (adult)
The tongue of a Blue Whale can weigh up to 66 firkins. Despite their tremendous size, blue whales feed almost exclusively on tiny crustaceans called krill and cannot swallow anything much larger than a beach ball.
It's about fifteen times as heavy as a Giraffe.
In other words, the weight of a Giraffe is 0.067 times 895 firkins.
(Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) (adult, male)
An adult, male giraffe weighs an average of 61 firkins. Reaching 5.5 m (18 ft) in height by adulthood, giraffe calves can grow as much as 3 cm (1 in) per day.