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1. My first question concerns a shipwreck which took place in 1545. England was under attack by a French invasion fleet when this Tudor warship sank by accident in calm waters. The wreck was rediscovered in 1971 and raised to the surface in 1982.
2. This troop-carrying ship foundered on an uncharted rock near Cape Town in South Africa in 1852. There were insufficient lifeboats to accommodate all on board, and the soldiers stood back to ensure that all women and children on board got into lifeboats safely. The call "Women and Children first" is named after this ship.
3. This Mississippi river boat exploded in 1865 near Memphis. It remains the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life. The ship's name is the same as an eastern female leader.
4. This ship capsized while in dock in the Chicago river in 1915. The sun was rising nearby.
5. This appropriately named ship sank in stormy seas in the Baltic in 1994 while on route from the city of Tallinn, the capital of its country, to Stockholm in Sweden.
6. This ocean liner sank in 1914, following a collision with another ship in the Saint Lawrence river.
7. This German ship was evacuating German soldiers in the face of the advancing Red Army in January 1945 when it was torpedoed by a Russian submarine.
8. This American battleship was sunk by enemy action in 1941. Almost 1200 sailors and Marines were killed.
9. In 1956, an Italian ocean liner heading for New York was off the coast of Nantucket when it was hit in the side by the Swedish cruise ship MS Stockholm in thick fog. Fifty two people died. What was its name?
10. This ship sank in Lake Superior in 1975. It transported iron ore to the Great Lakes ports. Gordon Lightfoot had a hit song about it in 1976. What was its name?
Source: Author Spontini
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