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1. A recent study concludes that SS Titanic’s high
imprudent speed when it struck the iceberg,
was due to the need to use in the furnaces
bunkered coal already on fire. The study
concludes that high temperatures buckled the
bunkers’ water tight compar tment walls so they
failed when under water pressure. Recently
found photos show a long external scar on
the hull adjacent to the bunkers that were on
fire before the vessel sailed. No evidence from
any surviving fireman was heard at the Inquiry,
on White Star Chairman Ismay’s order.
2. Vessels in NSW operating between sunset and
sunrise need lights always to be seen – whether
paddling, rowing, sailing or motoring.
3. The greatest potential for disaster exists when
operating in following seas with broaching
sideways, capsizing or being swamped real
possibilities. Steering power is reduced so
careful throttle use is essential. Returns over
bars are especially dangerous.
4. The United States Nav y was established on 13
October 1775 when the Continental Congress
authorised a naval force to interdict British
supply ships. The last ship in this force was sold
in 1785. Congress re-established a nav y in 1794
and ordered construction of the six frigates
that included USS Constitution – preserved in
5. The two greatest enemies of synthetic-fibre
rope are friction and sunlight. It is also
important to avoid treading on all ropes and
applying chemicals to synthetic ropes.
6. The purpose of ballasting a vessel is to set
the centre of gravity to best ensure stability
7. The 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht
Race will include four Australian stopover
ports – Fremantle (from 21 November), Sydney,
Hobart and the Whitsundays. Australian
Wendy Tuck is skippering Sanya Serenity Coast.
8. RAN minesweeper HMAS Warrnambool (1) was
sunk on 13 September 1947 when she struck
a live mine while clearing a mine field in the
Great Barrier Reef.
9. The three steamers named Captain Cook were
used in late 19th & early 20th centuries as
pilotage vessels providing 24/7 services in
10. The 50th Sydney International Boat Show
attracted more than 63,000 visitors compared
with 50,000 in 2016.
Answers to Nautical Quiz 254
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Nautical Quiz 255
1. Vessels escorting ships from harbours
in NSW must have:
q Flags spelling out ESCORT
q Red and Blue flashing lights
q A crew member with a Yellow Flag
2. The RAN’s newest warship is :
q HMAS Tobruk
q HMAS Adelaide
q HMAS Hobart
3. The WW2 wreck found recently in the
Arafura Sea was :
q USS Peary
q Japanese submarine I -124
q SS Macumba
4. The IRC Racing winner of the 2017
Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race was:
q Mango Madness under Bo Wharton
q Walk on the Wild Side skippered by Garth
q Endor fin skippered by Michael Giles
5. The recently shown TV game show
Ninja Warrior was filmed on:
q Cockatoo Island, Sydney
q Milson Island, Pittwater
q Goat Island, Sydney
6. The Australian Sailor Monument is
being constructed at:
q Bradleys Head, Sydney Harbour, NSW
q Queenscliff, Port Phillip Bay, Victoria
q Rous Head, Fremantle, WA
7. Churchill’s 1914 naval strategy to
force the Dardanelles and take
q Never capable of success
q Attempted with inadequate resources
q A brilliant idea poorly executed
8. 19th Century Royal Nav y sailors had a
high rate of mental illness attributed
q Gunpowder smoke in confined gun
q Eating contaminated food
q Hitting their heads on the low beams
9. Soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk in
1940 by the Royal Navy/troopships /
ferries and by small private vessels
q RN etc about two thirds; small private
vessels about one third
q RN etc half; small private vessels half
q RN etc one quarter; small private
vessels three quarters
10. A ‘mole’ in nautical terms is a:
q Crew member not doing their share of
q Person of doubtful virtue
q Pier or breakwater as part of a port’s
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Sam Kelleher, Devonport, TAS.
Helen Morris, Warriewood, NSW.
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