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Explorers’ Ships Quiz

Can you identify the names of the ships used by famous explorers on their prestigious expedition/s? 10 Questions.

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Question 1 Photo

Which expedition flagship was probably a medium sized carrack, about 60 feet long on deck, and carried Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic to the “New World” in 1492?

  • Santa Marie
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Mabel
  • Santa Marcie

Question 2 Photo

What was the name of the Portuguese flagship of Vasco da Gama's armada, on his first voyage to India in 1497-1499, and was built specifically for the expedition?

  • Sao Rafael
  • Sao Miguel
  • Sao Paulo
  • Sao Gabriel

Question 3 Photo

Which English galleon, originally known as the “Pelican”, was the first to circumnavigate the globe between 1577 and 1580 and captained by Sir Francis Drake?

  • The Golden Hind
  • The Golden Goose
  • The Golden Gun
  • The Golden Fleece

Question 4 Photo

Which ship was commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1586, but bought by Queen Elizabeth I for £5000 in 1587 and subsequently renamed “Ark Royal”?

  • Ark Walter
  • Ark Angel
  • Ark Raleigh
  • Arc de Triomphe

Question 5 Photo

Which Royal Navy bark was commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his 3 year voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand?

  • HMS Beagle
  • HMS Victory
  • HMS Discovery
  • HMS Endeavour

Question 6 Photo

Which discovery vessel of the Royal Navy carried Matthew Flinders to Australia in 1797 when he became the first to circumnavigate and chart the continent?

  • HMS Hood
  • HMS Reliance
  • HMS Beagle
  • HMS Endurance

Question 7 Photo

Aboard which Royal Navy Brig-Sloop did Charles Darwin voyage for nearly 5 years on his journey of discovery?

  • HMS Belfast
  • HMS Daring
  • HMS Beagle
  • HMS Fearless

Question 8 Photo

Launched in 1901, which was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain and carried Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their successful journey to the Antarctic?

  • RRS Discovery
  • RRS Bransfield
  • RRS Charles Darwin
  • RRS James Cook

Question 9 Photo

Which wooden ship, now preserved at a Norwegian Museum bearing its name, carried Roald Amundsen to Antarctica to become the first person to claim the South Pole ahead of Scott?

  • Cram
  • Fram
  • Clam
  • Spam

Question 10 Photo

Which ship halted Ernest Shackleton’s “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition” when it became trapped in pack ice, slowly crushed and sank, stranding the crew near Elephant Island?

  • HMS Reliance
  • HMS Beagle
  • HMS Ark Royal
  • HMS Endurance