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maritime trivia

Discussion in 'Non-Diving Related Stuff' started by WreckWriter, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    A couple of maritime trivia questions, some easy, some not so. Please try to answer without using reference books or search engines!

    1- Who is/was Ernest McSorley?

    2- What was the greatest loss of life by shipwreck?

    3- What food is considered bad luck aboard boats by many persons?

    4- What is the "Birkenhead drill"?

    5- This large ship was stranded off Key Largo in 1935, today her name marks the location? Name ship and location.

    6- Who is/was Henry Kendall?

    7- Prior to the advent of "SOS", what was the primary wireless distress signal used at sea?

    8- Whose ship was "Queen Anne's Revenge"?

    9- What is the "Beaufort scale" used to measure?

    10- What wreck is known as the "Titanic of the Caribbean"?
     
  2. scuberd

    scuberd Dive Shop

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    8. Blackbead aka Edward Teach

    that's all I know, I guess I fail the test
     
  3. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    What was his real name?

    oops... never mind :)
     
  4. Waterborne

    Waterborne Barracuda

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    The Beaufort Scale measures wind speed doesn't it? With values from 1-9 right?
     
  5. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    1-12 I believe.

    WW
     
  6. ckharlan66

    ckharlan66 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am getting old......

    I use to know a few of them but now all I can remember is that I once knew the answer. :(

    Chad

    PS. Cool quiz. I am looking forward to hearing the answers......again.
     
  7. AzAtty

    AzAtty Instructor, Scuba

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    1. Ernest McSorely: Captain of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter which sank in Lake Superior in 1975. (Edit: oops...that's a mund, not a ward).

    2. Wilhelm Gustloff, a German steamer, sunk by a Russian torpedo on January 30, 1945. An estimated 5,900 to 7,000 people died. Some estimate that there were 1,500 soldiers 6,500 refugees aboard, which would bring the toll to 8,000 if all perished.

    3. Bananas.

    4. Women and children first.

    5. No idea.

    6. Henry Kendall. MIT professor and 1990 Nobel laureate in physics. Also an environmentalist and a diver. He died in 1999 while diving at Wakulla springs.

    7. "C.Q.D." A strict interpretation of the signal would be "all stations, distress.

    8. Blackbeard, a.k.a. Edward Teach.

    9. A scaled devised for measuring the approximate wind speed or the force of the wind.

    10. The Bianca C, off Grenada. Sunk in 1961 with the loss of 1 life.
     
  8. Jersey

    Jersey Manta Ray

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    Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Capt.
     
  9. WreckWriter

    WreckWriter Instructor, Scuba

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    6 is wrong, at least that's not the one I was thinking of. Everything else is right except the one you didn't know.

    Did you REALLY get number 4 without using a reference? I didn't expect anyone to except possibly AUEMike. That's a really obscure thing.....

    WW
     
  10. JeffAustin

    JeffAustin Barracuda

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    McSorley..Edmund Fitzgerald Captain
    Beaufort..Wind force scale
    I wish I knew more... Hey, now I do. thanks for the trivia,WW!

    AzAtty: you really screwed up the grade curve for dummies like me!!
     

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