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Test Your Knowledge: Shipwrecks Quiz
by Staff
The sea can be a scary and dangerous place for even the most stout-hearted sailors. How much do you know about these deadly and famous ship disasters?

What caused the sinking of the MV Dona Paz?

  • hurricane
  • collision
  • torpedo

How many people may have died on the Dona Paz when it sank in 1987?

  • about 430
  • about 4,300
  • about 40

How long did it take for the RMS Titanic to sink?

  • 4 hours
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • 90 minutes

What was the RMS Lusitania carrying when it was torpedoed?

  • weapons
  • just passengers
  • mostly food for soldiers

How many people were injured by the Mont-Blanc explosion in 1917?

  • about 9,000
  • about 15,000
  • about 30,000

What year did the MS Estonia sink?

  • 1971
  • 1994
  • 1955

What caused the Estonia's sinking?

  • stormy weather
  • torpedo
  • iceberg

Of the 1,500 people who died on the Titanic, how many were recovered?

  • about 330
  • about 670
  • about 100

Where did the RMS Empress of Ireland sink?

  • Arctic Ocean
  • Canadian river
  • African port

How many passengers died when the RMS Empress of Ireland crashed into another ship due to foggy conditions?

  • more than 1,000
  • more than 500
  • more than 200

What was the listed passenger capacity for the MV Bukoba, which sank in 1996?

  • 450
  • 650
  • 800

Why did the MV Bukoba sink?

  • The ship was in poor condition.
  • It hit an underwater rock.
  • A fire started in the cargo hold.

In what year did the HMT Royal Edward sink?

  • 1789
  • 1888
  • 1915

In 1588, how many people survived the sinking of La Girona, which went down in a terrible storm?

  • 9
  • 0
  • 18

How long did it take for rescuers to arrive at the wreckage of the SS Hong Moh?

  • three hours
  • three days
  • three weeks

How deep was the water where the G.P. Griffith caught fire and killed many passengers?

  • 3 feet
  • 8 feet
  • 800 feet

In 1676, the Swedish ship Kronan may have sunk due to what cause?

  • A pipe set the sails on fire.
  • The main mast snapped.
  • It turned too fast.

When was the MV Wilhelm Gustloff sunk?

  • 1945
  • 1917
  • 1864

How many people died when the MV Wilhelm Gustloff sank?

  • about 90
  • more than 900
  • more than 9,000

In 1281, Japan-bound Mongols were said to have lost how many ships during a typhoon?

  • 400
  • 4,000
  • 40,000

Where did the MS al-Salam Boccaccio 98 sink in 2006?

  • Persian Gulf
  • Red Sea
  • Dead Sea

Which ocean has an area known as a "graveyard" for ships?

  • Pacific Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean

Where did the SS Eastland sink?

  • at a dock in Chicago
  • crossing Lake Michigan
  • off the coast of Antarctica

How many people died when the SS Eastland went down?

  • zero
  • perhaps four
  • more than 800

How did water rush into the Mary Rose, causing her sinking?

  • through the gun ports
  • through the rudder area
  • through windows left open by mistake

In 2002, how many people survived the capsizing of Le Joola ferry, which was carrying nearly 2,000 people?

  • 0
  • 64
  • 1,000

How long did it take Le Joola to completely capsize?

  • about 5 seconds
  • about 5 minutes
  • about 1 hour

Where are the remains of the Arabia steamboat?

  • under a field
  • in a deep gulf
  • in the Pacific Ocean

How deep was the wreckage of the Titanic when it was found in 1985?

  • 1,200 feet
  • 8,000 feet
  • 12,000 feet

Where are the remains of Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance?

  • in oily sands near Saudi Arabia
  • beneath the ice in Antarctica
  • buried beneath silt in the Nile River delta