10 most difficult sailing riddles A list of sailing related questions that are most often answered incorrectly History quiz 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.very hard 22% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake30%John CabotJohn Cabot14%Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon22%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman33%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 2772 answers in 4 languages »Age of Discovery 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.very hard 30% PortugalPortugal43%SpainSpain13%United KingdomUnited Kingdom30%NorwayNorway12%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4306 answers in 2 languages »kings of Europe 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.very hard 32% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus12%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias26%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral32%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4274 answers in 2 languages »history of South America 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.very hard 36% a cracking noisea cracking noise45%a fizza fizz36%a roara roar7%a whispera whisper10%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 5658 answers in 4 languages »ice 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.very hard 36% red is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admiralityred is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admirality36%red is British, Blue is Australianred is British, Blue is Australian27%red is East India Companyred is East India Company20%red is a flagshipred is a flagship15%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 333 answers »Royal Navy 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.hard 46% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus8%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias46%Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan20%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama25%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7869 answers in 2 languages »history of Africa riddles » If you sail due east from New York City, which European country do you land in?Portugal. Generally, most of the Western Europe is located farther north than the United States. New York City has pretty much the same latitude as Naples, Madrid or Istanbul. If you sail west from Great Britain (no matter which point you start at), you will land in Canada - the latitude of London corresponds to the southernmost shore of the Hudson Bay!hard 47% Great BritainGreat Britain16%IrelandIreland22%FranceFrance13%PortugalPortugal47%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 12702 answers in 2 languages »New York 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.hard 47% 606011%909024%14014047%25025015%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 8845 answers in 4 languages »sea battles 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.hard 57% oneone6%twotwo57%threethree24%fourfour10%Created by: Jason Beagley. Statistics based on 9796 answers in 2 languages »ships 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. hard 59% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus8%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias14%Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan18%Vasco da GamaVasco da Gama59%Created by: Kantapat Rassamee. Statistics based on 7970 answers in 2 languages »history of India riddles » Play history quiz and see all the questions.