Marine Trivia Quiz 147

 Compiled by Jim Broadside
  1. The RAN facility at Jervis Bay, NSW is:

  _ HMAS Cresswell
  _ HMAS Cerberus
  _ HMAS Albatross

2. Winner of the recent Meriden Marinas Airlie Beach (Qld) Race Week Sports Boats championship was:
  _ Kaito, skippered by Heath Townsend (WA)
  _ Bendigo Private, driven by Cam Rae (Vic)
  _ Quantum Sails, sailed by Neil Sherring and Troy Ruston (Qld)

3. A marine sextant can measure angles up to:
  _ 180 degrees
  _ 90 degrees
  _ 120 degrees

4. A ‘skeat’ was a:
  _ Cocktail developed by the P&O Line
  _ Dipper used to wet the sides or sails of a vessel
  _ Sailor’s meeting to discuss food quality

5. A ‘snatch block’ is:
  _ A galley cutting board secured to the wall
  _ A war fighting manoeuvre aimed at boarding the enemy vessel
  _ A rope block with a hinged opening above the pulley

 6. A sailing boat is ‘close hauled’ when:

  _ Being towed with a short tow line
  _ Being anti-fouled while in the water
  _ Sailing as close to the wind as Possible

7. A ‘golliwobbler’ is a:
  _ Very large light weather jib
  _ Point where two currents meet
  _ Sailor suffering from over indulgence in rum


8. Viscount Horatio Nelson’s wife was:

  _ Emma Hamilton
  _ Fanny Nisbet

  _ Horatia Hamilton

 9. Alfred Thayer Mahan is best known for:
  _ Being born at West Point but graduating as a US naval officer
  _ His writings on the influence of sea power on history
  _ His advocacy for US guardianship of the Hawaiian Islands

10. A ‘standard’ nautical mile is:
  _ Longer than a standard ‘shore’ mile
  _ The same length as a ‘shore’ mile
  _ Shorter than a ‘shore’ mile

Last month’s winners –

  Colin Knowles, Harbord, NSW;
  Brian Pennell
, Bayview, NSW.

Answers to Quiz No 146

  1. The Western Australian Maritime Museum displays the ex-HMAS Ovens on the slipway that served many allied surface vessels and submarines during World War 2. Ovens was commissioned in 1969 and was operational for 26 years.
  2. The 2008 Sydney International Boat Show attracted 70,767 visitors, substantially more than any other show in Australia this year.
  3. The Argentine training ship that called in Sydney in mid-September was the Libertad. She is square rigged with three masts and bowsprit, with double topsails and five yardarms per mast.
  4. The Charlotte Medal, recently acquired for $750,000 by ANMM records that the First Fleet sailed 13,106 miles from Great Britain to Botany Bay. It was engraved by convict forger Thomas Barrett for John White, Surgeon General of the First Fleet. He was later executed for a stealing offence.
  5. A ‘flood tide’ is an incoming tide and may be divided into the ‘young flood’, the ‘main flood’ and the ‘last of the flood’.
  6. Australia’s two Beijing Olympics sailing gold medals were in the 470 class. Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson won the Gold Medal for Women, while Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page won the Men’s 470.
  7. Australia’s three Beijing Olympics sailing medals were in boats with crews of two people. (Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby won the Silver Medal for the Tornado Class.)
  8. The early Dutch explorers shipwrecked on the New Holland (WA) Coast were mostly seeking trade on behalf of the United Dutch East India Company, which was a collection of syndicates from various Dutch cities.
  9. The RAN employed ‘examination ships’ to inspect vessels entering port for contraband and belligerent status. Apart from ships dedicated to these tasks, other vessels employed in these roles included auxiliary patrol vessels, a minesweeper and a depot ship.
  10. Samuel Plimsoll is most remembered for his House of Commons Bill in 1876 requiring ships to carry a mark indicating the depth past which they may not be loaded – the ‘Plimsoll Line’.