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Boat and Submarine Oddities Quiz

A brief look at some of the stranger boats and submarines, both historic and just plain weird! 10 Questions.

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Question 1 Photo

To demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, Thor Heyerdahl sailed 5,000m across the Pacific, in 1947, in a balsa raft of what name?

  • Tigris
  • Kon Tiki
  • Ra
  • Ra II

Question 2 Photo

Built for smuggling Columbian cocaine, these semi-submersibles boast technologies that make them hard to detect, even with the latest equipment. By what name are the subs commonly known?

  • Cocaine Shadows
  • Cocaine Evaders
  • Cocaine Torpedoes
  • Cocaine Coffins

Question 3 Photo

In 2010 why did Frank Bolter fold a paper boat at the Canary Wharf Docks, call it "To The World’s End", and then sail it on the Thames without it sinking?

  • As part of an art exhibition
  • As a forfeit for a lost bet
  • As a scientific challenge
  • As a world record attempt

Question 4 Photo

Built by "Innespace", the "Seabreacher X" is a high-speed shark-shaped sub that zips below the waves at 25mph and across the surface at 50mph, for what purpose?

  • Filming natural shark behaviour
  • A James Bond film
  • For novelty commercial sale
  • Scaring surfers from holiday beaches

Question 5 Photo

With what does 'Earthrace' owner, Pete Bethune fuel his "Bat Boat"?

  • Pig Manure
  • Hair
  • Old newspapers
  • Biodiesel

Question 6 Photo

Despite modern technology the most numerous boats of Lake Titicaca, Peru are hand crafted from what?

  • Palm Leaves
  • Reeds
  • Sedge grass
  • Kelp

Question 7 Photo

Built in 1775 and capable of independent underwater movement due to a hand-powered screw, what was the name of the first verified military submarine?

  • The Barrel
  • The Acorn
  • The Turtle
  • The Plum

Question 8 Photo

This 2006 experimental U.S. Navy Special Forces sea craft is capable of high speeds with a minimal wake. The cross sectional profile of the hull resembles which letter of the alphabet?

  • "M"
  • "X"
  • "J"
  • "S"

Question 9 Photo

Rated by the BBC as a "Top 10 Journey in Lifetime" in which country could you take a holiday trip aboard a 'Kerala' houseboat?

  • Spain
  • India
  • Japan
  • Egypt

Question 10 Photo

Finally recovered in 2000, in which war did the submarine H.L.Hunley become the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship?

  • The Boer War
  • The French Revolution
  • First World War
  • American Civil War