Quiz about 20th Century Ships 1
Quiz about 20th Century Ships 1

20th Century Ships #1 Trivia Quiz


So You Know Your 20th Century Ships? Mainly 20th century stuff here folks, especially WW2 and Ocean Disasters. Get into it if you think you know your ships.

A multiple-choice quiz by Chargerboy. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Chargerboy
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
77,042
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
1261
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1. Which British cruiser was responsible for the final salvo of torpedoes that sank the battered and (by then) defenceless German battleship Bismark in May 1941? Hint

Exeter
Sheffield
Dorsetshire
Belfast

2. What was the name of the mysterious ship that never responded to and was within 10 miles of the doomed Titanic? Hint

Mauritania
Carpathia
Californian
Olympic

3. The USS IOWA class of battleship were originally designed as six sisters, only four of which were fully completed. What were the names of the two uncompleted sisters? Hint

Alaska and Wyoming
Missouri and Wisconsin
Illinois and Kentucky
Nebraska and Idaho

4. Which ship rammed and sank the Italian liner, Andrea Doria, in heavy fog in July 1956? Hint

Ile de France
Stockholm
Robert E Hopkins
Cape Ann

5. Captain James Cook was the first European to land on both Australia and New Zealand. What was the name of his vessel? Hint

Eclipser
Explorer
Endeavour
Enchanter

6. Captured enemy and aging US warships, enough to make up the world's 6th largest fleet were assembled at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific for Atomic testing in 1946. This was known as 'Operation ...'? Hint

Crossroads
Smokescreen
Broadsword
Task One

7. The third of the Yamato class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy was hastily converted from battleship hull to the largest aircraft carrier in WWII. What was her name? Hint

Junyo
Shinano
Soryu
Nagara

8. The White Star liner 'OLYMPIC' sister of the ill-fated 'TITANIC' and 'BRITANNIC' was used as a troop ship in WWI. By what name was she affectionately known? Hint

Old Smokey
Old Dependable
Old Invincible
Old Reliable

9. The same sister ship to the Titanic also recorded one of the strangest events of WWI. What was this? Hint

Was rammed by cruiser
Rammed her escort
Rammed a U-Boat
Rammed a lightship

10. "Beached and done for" These were the words of the Captain of H.M.A.S. Sydney in November 1914. What ship was he referring to? Hint

Sydney
Altmark
Kormorann
Emden


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which British cruiser was responsible for the final salvo of torpedoes that sank the battered and (by then) defenceless German battleship Bismark in May 1941?

Answer: Dorsetshire

HMS Sheffield shadowed the Bismark for some time early in the chase, Belfast helped hunt down the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst. Exeter was involved in The Battle of the River Plate with the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and the Dorsetshire joined her victim when she was sunk in 1942 by Japanese air power off Singapore.
2. What was the name of the mysterious ship that never responded to and was within 10 miles of the doomed Titanic?

Answer: Californian

The Carpathia of the Cunard Line was the first ship to arrive on the scene and pick up survivors in lifeboats. Olympic was on an eastbound crossing and far too south to assist. There are several theories as to why the Californian did not respond, including the radio operator going off duty on the captain's orders, a big no-no.
3. The USS IOWA class of battleship were originally designed as six sisters, only four of which were fully completed. What were the names of the two uncompleted sisters?

Answer: Illinois and Kentucky

BB65 Illinois and BB66 Kentucky never made it past hulk (hull only) stage and remained that way until scrapping.
4. Which ship rammed and sank the Italian liner, Andrea Doria, in heavy fog in July 1956?

Answer: Stockholm

Ile de France, Robert E Hopkins and the Saint Ann all helped take survivors off the stricken liner. The Andrea Doria was only three years old when she went to the bottom. One of her rescuers, Ile de France had been on the Trans-Atlantic service for almost 30 years.
5. Captain James Cook was the first European to land on both Australia and New Zealand. What was the name of his vessel?

Answer: Endeavour

Captain Cook mapped much of the Australian East coast in 1770. After the loss of the American colonies, the British government decided to transport convicts to this southern land. The first fleet arrived in the area that became modern day Sydney in 1788.
6. Captured enemy and aging US warships, enough to make up the world's 6th largest fleet were assembled at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific for Atomic testing in 1946. This was known as 'Operation ...'?

Answer: Crossroads

So named because it was felt that human existence had come to a crossroads with the discovery of the awesome power of the weapon that had recently been used on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
7. The third of the Yamato class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy was hastily converted from battleship hull to the largest aircraft carrier in WWII. What was her name?

Answer: Shinano

In 1944 Shinano was torpedoed by the submarine USS Archerfish whilst undergoing her trials. Four fish slammed into her and she sank in roughly 17 hours without firing a shot or launching a single plane in anger.
8. The White Star liner 'OLYMPIC' sister of the ill-fated 'TITANIC' and 'BRITANNIC' was used as a troop ship in WWI. By what name was she affectionately known?

Answer: Old Reliable

Old Reliable earned her nickname for her remarkable record of regular and safe voyages from the troops that she ferried.
9. The same sister ship to the Titanic also recorded one of the strangest events of WWI. What was this?

Answer: Rammed a U-Boat

OLYMPIC became the first merchant ship to destroy an enemy warship, when in May 1918 she rammed and sank a German U-Boat. She also rammed and sank (accidentally) the Nantucket Lightship and was also holed by the bow of a British cruiser, however neither of these events took place during 1914-1918.
10. "Beached and done for" These were the words of the Captain of H.M.A.S. Sydney in November 1914. What ship was he referring to?

Answer: Emden

H.M.A.S. Sydney, under British command destroyed the Emden, a commercial raider near the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean in November 1914
Source: Author Chargerboy

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