Test Your Knowledge: Shipwrecks Quiz
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?
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?
- 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?
What caused the Estonia's sinking?
- stormy weather
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?
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?
In 1588, how many people survived the sinking of La Girona, which went down in a terrible storm?
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?
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?
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?
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?
- 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?
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