Quiz about Disaster at Sea
Quiz about Disaster at Sea

Disaster at Sea Trivia Quiz


You may have heard of some of these but do you really remember?

A multiple-choice quiz by blakey. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
blakey
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
155,258
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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1203
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. This ship sank on April 15th, 1912, traveling from Southampton, England to New York.

Answer: (Giant's football fan)
2. This ship caught fire off the coast of Vietnam, in 1967, and burned for nearly twenty-four hours before help could arrive? Hint

U.S.S. Forrestal
U.S.S. Independence
U.S.S. America
U.S.S. Constellation

3. In 1872, the brig Mary Celeste created a big sea mystery. What was the mystery? Hint

She circumnavigated the globe in less than a two weeks
She was reportedly sunk and reappeared
She was found at sea with no one aboard and no clue as to the crew's fate
Her cargo vanished without a trace

4. The United States Submarine U.S.S. Squalus sank off the east coast of the United States in 1939. What is so significant about this sinking? Hint

Depth charges were used to sink it
No one knew about it
A new device was used to rescue the survivors
It was sunk by a whale

5. What doomed ship ran aground, off the New Jersey shore in 1934, after a series of headline making tragic events on board, including suspected arson? Hint

Andrea Doria
Sweden
America
Morro Castle

6. In 1963 the United States lost a submarine off the coast of New England due to some kind of malfunction during a deep dive. What was the name of this ship that imploded? Hint

U.S.S. Thresher
U.S.S. Nautilus
U.S.S, Scorpion
U.S.S. Polaris

7. What submarine was involved in a major scandal after its disappearance in 1968? Hint

U. S. S. Scorpion
U.S.S. Nautilus
U.S.S. Thresher
U.S.S. Polaris

8. What is considered the worst maritime disaster on the Great Lakes? Hint

The wreck of the Eastland
The wreck of the Phoenix
The wreck of the lady Elgin
The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

9. In what famous shipwreck on the Great Lakes did the great majority of the passengers and crew survive the initial sinking only to lose their lives trying to reach shore? Hint

The Eastland
The Arizona
The Phoenix
The Lady Elgin

10. What warship was sunk shortly after delivering components for the atomic bomb? Hint

U. S. S. Dorchester
U. S. S. Wisconsin
U.S.S. Indianapolis
U. S. S. Illinois


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This ship sank on April 15th, 1912, traveling from Southampton, England to New York.

Answer: Titanic

This accident led to stricter regulations for passenger ships.
2. This ship caught fire off the coast of Vietnam, in 1967, and burned for nearly twenty-four hours before help could arrive?

Answer: U.S.S. Forrestal

132 crew men were killed in the fire and two were reported missing. The fire was reportedly started when a missile was inadvertently launched into a fully loaded plane. This led to the U.S. Navy requiring all sailors to receive Damage Control Training. The ship in question also got the nickname "Fire Stall".
http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/carriers/histories/cv59-forrestal/forrestal-fire.html
3. In 1872, the brig Mary Celeste created a big sea mystery. What was the mystery?

Answer: She was found at sea with no one aboard and no clue as to the crew's fate

No trace of anyone on board or why they left the ship. All the life boats were still in place, the cargo and personal belongings were still there.
4. The United States Submarine U.S.S. Squalus sank off the east coast of the United States in 1939. What is so significant about this sinking?

Answer: A new device was used to rescue the survivors

Thirty two crewmen survived thanks to a new invention called the McCann rescue chamber, similar to a diving bell. It took 13 hours to rescue 33 crewmen including one civilian.
http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq99-1.htm
5. What doomed ship ran aground, off the New Jersey shore in 1934, after a series of headline making tragic events on board, including suspected arson?

Answer: Morro Castle

To begin with the Captain suffered a major heart attack and died. A few hours later fire broke out and the fire fighting equipment failed to operate. When the acting Captain ordered an S.O.S. be sent, the batteries for the radio blew up. They hooked the radio up to a generator which blew up also after the S.O.S. was sent. Surviving passengers and crew were transferred to a rescue ship and moments later the ships tow line broke and she drifted aground at Asbury Park in New Jersey.
http://www.geocities.com/Oceansfarandwide/Morro.html
6. In 1963 the United States lost a submarine off the coast of New England due to some kind of malfunction during a deep dive. What was the name of this ship that imploded?

Answer: U.S.S. Thresher

The Thresher was on deep sea trials when the accident occurred. The monitoring ship received a message that the Thresher had minor problems and minutes later received garbled messages then sonar picked up a big disturbance and Thresher was gone.
http://thesaltysailor.com/april.htm
7. What submarine was involved in a major scandal after its disappearance in 1968?

Answer: U. S. S. Scorpion

It was rumored that the Scorpion had been on a spy mission and torpedoed by a Soviet sub. The American version of the story is that it's own torpedo had gone wild and came back at the ship. It is also rumored that both sides were involved in a cover up.
http://members.aol.com/bear317d/scorpion.htm
8. What is considered the worst maritime disaster on the Great Lakes?

Answer: The wreck of the Eastland

The Eastland was boarding passengers, in Chicago, for the five year celebration of Western Electric in 1915 when it capsized while still tied to the wharf. Before she capsized the captain was ordering passengers to one side of the ship to correct a listing problem. Over eight hundred died including twenty two families. She had over twenty five hundred passengers at the time.
http://www.eastlanddisaster.org/timea3a1.htm
9. In what famous shipwreck on the Great Lakes did the great majority of the passengers and crew survive the initial sinking only to lose their lives trying to reach shore?

Answer: The Lady Elgin

The Lady Elgin was rammed by another ship as she headed back to Milwaukee in 1860 with over six hundred on board. A storm on Lake Michigan further complicated matters and she soon broke apart. Only one life boat was launched and made it to shore. Everyone else had to rely on floating debris to make it back to land. However when they reached the shallows near Winnetka Illinois the churning surf smashed them against rocks, killing them instantly. There were only 160 survivors.
http://www.baillod.com/elgin/
10. What warship was sunk shortly after delivering components for the atomic bomb?

Answer: U.S.S. Indianapolis

Of her 1,100 man crew, 900 made it to water. No distress signal was sent and no effort was made to search for her. Only a little more than three hundred survived after five days in the water with no drinkable water, no food, and with shark attacks. The sharks were still attacking while rescuers were pulling the crew from the water.
http://www.ussindianapolis.org/story.htm
Source: Author blakey

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