Water and Shipping Quiz 1

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1. Which oil tanker that ran aground off the coast of Britany in 1978?

2. What was the name of Henry VIII's flagship that sank in 1545?

3. Which cross-channel car ferry capsized in 1987, after leaving Zeebrugge harbour?

4. Which destroyer was badly holed after hitting rocks off Lord Howe Island Australia?

5. The ferry Estonia sank in 1994 with the loss of 912 people, in which sea?

6. Where in Alaska in 1989, did the oil tanker Exxon Valdez strike Bligh Reef?

7. Which ship was involved in the collision with the Marchioness on the Thames?

8. Where in the English Channel did the Tory Canyon run aground at full speed in 1967 resulting in the spillage of 120,000 tons of crude oil?

9. What was the name of the Russian Submarine that sank with all 118 hands in the Barents Sea in August 2000?

10. How many crossings of the Atlantic had the Titanic completed before she struck an iceberg and sank?

11. Where is most of the Earth's fresh water located? Is it in Lakes, Streams, Clouds or Polar ice caps?

12. Whilst at sea boats occasionally encounter 'growlers', what exactly are growlers?

13. The deepest part of any ocean in the world is an area of the Pacific Ocean with a depth of 36,161 ft., what name is given to this area?

14. In dry desert climates rivers may not flow for many years on end, after a storm they may flow for only a few days or even hours, By what name is this type of river known?

15. What is the world's fifth largest ocean?

16. An iceberg, probably the biggest on record has recently broken off from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, what is the area it covers, was it approximately 1,000 - 2,000 - 3,000, or 4,000 square miles.

17. The river Nile was prone to severe seasonal flooding until which dam was built in 1971?

18. The Amazon and it's tributaries contain what proportion of the worlds river water, is it 1/5, 1/4. 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 3/4?

19. H20 is the chemical formula for water, what is D20 more commonly known as?

20. Why did 60 small ships set out to cross the English Channel in June 2000?

21. What were the three ships on Columbus' first voyage?

22. What do you call the name of the line on ships that indicates the maximum loading permitted?

23. What do you call the flamelike electrical discharge that sometimes occurs above ships' masts or about aircraft in stormy weather?

24. 17th century Buccaneers used the West Indies for hideouts. Which country's ships were the targets of the buccaneers?

25. Which country claims the largest number of registered ships?


1. The Amoco Cadiz.

2. Mary Rose.

3. Herald of Free Enterprise.

4. HMS Nottingham.

5. Baltic Sea.

6. Prince William Sound.

7. The Bow Belle.

8. On the Severn stones between the Scilly's and Lands End, off the tip of Cornwall.

9. The Kursk.

10. None (Maiden Voyage).

11. Polar ice caps.

12. Small icebergs (so named because of the nose made as the ships hull scrapes past them).

13. Mariana Trench.

14. Ephemeral.

15. Indian Ocean.

16. 4000 square miles.

17. Aswan Dam (creating lake Nasser).

18. 2/3.

19. Deuterium (Heavy Water).

20. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.

21. Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

22. Plimsoll Line.

23. St. Elmo's fire.

24. Spain.

25. Liberia.


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