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Plain Sailing Quiz

Ahoy there landlubbers! How well can you navigate a bit of nautical terminology! 12 Questions.

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Question 1 Photo

On a boat, which direction, is ‘Aft’?

  • Belee
  • Astern
  • Affront
  • Avast

Question 2 Photo

What term denotes the prison on board a ship as well as being an abbreviation for a type of sailing ship?

  • Galley
  • Bilge
  • Becket
  • Brig

Question 3 Photo

What name is given to a rope used to control a sail?

  • Sheet
  • Reefing
  • Lanyard
  • Rigger

Question 4 Photo

Around which key component is a wooden ship’s framework constructed?

  • Main Mast
  • Bulk heads
  • Keel
  • Main deck beam

Question 5 Photo

What of the following terms is used to denote the front of a boat?

  • Brig
  • Fluke
  • Orlop
  • Bow

Question 6 Photo

From which part of a ship might mutineers be left hanging?

  • Foremast
  • Yardarm
  • Jib boom
  • Mizzenmast

Question 7 Photo

Which of a sailing ship’s ropes is the largest and heaviest, controls the angle of the yards on the main mast and is one of the most difficult to splice if damaged?

  • Halyard
  • Mainsheet
  • Mainbrace
  • Mainstay

Question 8 Photo

Which of the following is the highest ‘look out’ point on a sailing ship?

  • Crow’s Nest
  • Rostrum
  • Spinnaker
  • Forecastle

Question 9 Photo

What is the term used to identify the primary control room of a ship?

  • Conning tower
  • Bridge
  • Poop Deck
  • Officers Mess

Question 10 Photo

After completing the difficult task of splicing the mainbrace, the crew might be rewarded with an extra ration of what drink?

  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Sherry
  • Port

Question 11 Photo

What term is used to describe the right hand side of a boat if looking to the front?

  • Leeward
  • Port
  • Windward
  • Starboard

Question 12 Photo

Permission to issue to an extra ration of drink to a ship’s crew is heavily restricted – which of the following CANNOT issue the order to “Splice the Main Brace”?

  • The Queen
  • A member of the Royal family
  • A member of the Admiralty Board
  • The Lord Privy Seal