“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
Oops indeed. I hope they weren't planning on firing that rocket, otherwise our intrepid observer would be toast. Heh.
The old missile rails had lots of problems, and that's why we have vertical launch systems now. The nasty old secret was that at any point in time it was a toss up as to whether or not the launchers could rail and launch one while the ship was at sea.