Sailing questions This is a list of recently added questions about sailing. Play sailing quiz and see all the questions. Who was the first European navigator to reach Australia?Willem Janszoon. Janszoon reached the Gulf of Carpentaira (north of Australia) and made a landfall in 1606. However, he found the land swampy and the people inhospitable. He called the land he had discovered “Nieu Zeland” after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 22% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake899John CabotJohn Cabot432Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon682Abel TasmanAbel Tasman1009Age of Discovery riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach Brazil?Pedro Álvares Cabral. On 15 February 1500, Cabral was appointed a commander of a fleet sailing for India. he fleet crossed the Equator on 9 April, and sailed westward as far as possible from the African continent in what was known as the volta do mar (literally "turn of the sea") navigational technique. They landed in a land they took for an unknown island and named Ilha de Vera Cruz (Island of the True Cross), which in fact was Brazil.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 33% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus577Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias1239Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral1594Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci1331history of South America riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach India?Vasco da Gama. The sum of the distances covered in the outward and return voyages made this expedition the longest ocean voyage ever made until then, longer than the circumference of the Earth. Created by: Kantapat Rassameehard 59% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus752Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias1239Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan1538Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama5131history of India riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach South Africa?Bartolomeu Dias. During his expedition in 1487-1488, Bartolomeu Dias reached the tip of South Africa. Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. After returning to Lisbon, Dias helped in the construction of the ships that were used by Vasco da Gama to eventually reach India ten years later.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 46% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus675Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias3979Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan1696Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama2172history of Africa riddles » Which country was ruled by William the Sailor King?United Kingdom. During his youth, it was not expected that William, being the third son, would became a king. He served in the Royal Navy in the Caribbean. He inherited the throne at the age of 64, after his two elder brothers died without leaving legitimate successors.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 30% PortugalPortugal1991SpainSpain613United KingdomUnited Kingdom1413NorwayNorway600kings of Europe riddles » Whose flagship was used as a model for this replica?Columbus. Santa Maria, the largest of three ships of Columbus' first voyage, was a small carrack with single deck and crew of 40 men. Created by: globalquiz.orgeasy 79% ColumbusColumbus10722James CookJames Cook1669Francis DrakeFrancis Drake969Herman WitteHerman Witte183geographic discoveries riddles » Both of these ships have Union Flag in the upper left corner of their banners, but one of the ensigns is red, while the other is blue. Why?Red is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admirality. A British ensign in British maritime law may have with either a red, white or blue field, dependent on whether the vessel is civilian, naval, or in a special category. These are known as the red, white, and blue ensigns respectively.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 37% red is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admiralityred is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admirality133red is British, Blue is Australianred is British, Blue is Australian99red is East India Companyred is East India Company71red is a flagshipred is a flagship51Royal Navy riddles » What sound can be heard when approaching an iceberg?A fizz. When a piece of iceberg ice melts, it makes a fizzing sound called "Bergie Seltzer". This sound is made when the water-ice interface reaches compressed air bubbles trapped in the ice. As this happens, each bubble bursts, making a 'popping' sound. The bubbles contain air trapped in snow layers very early in the history of the ice, that eventually got buried to a given depth (up to several kilometers) and pressurized as it transformed into firn then to glacial ice.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery hard 37% a cracking noisea cracking noise2712a fizza fizz2220a roara roar464a whispera whisper597ice riddles » What was the most common number of artillery decks on sailing ships of the line?Two. The first English two-decker was built in 1514. In the middle of the 18th century, larger three- or even four-deckers with 98 to 140 guns were built, that served as admirals' command ships. Those have however proven highly unstable and difficult to manouvre, so large two-deckers were more common as the most practical ones.Created by: Jason Beagleyhard 57% oneone685twotwo5945threethree2567fourfour1074ships riddles » The Santísima Trinidad (pictured) bore the most guns of any ship of the line outfitted in the Age of Sail. How many guns were there?140. Santísima Trinidad was one of few four-deckers ever built. The weight of the additional guns, so high above her waterline, made her sail poorly, leading to her nickname, El Ponderoso. She sank after the Battle of Trafalgar, where her great size made her a first target for the British fleet, and she came under concentrated attack by several ships.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 47% 606010899090226014014044222502501444sea battles riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.