TRIVIA ARCHIVES


5-10-97 to 9-20-97


Week beginning 20 September 1997 -

"One ocean covers more of the earth's surface
than all the earth's entire LAND area. What is that
ocean, and what percentage (within .5%) of the earth's
surface does it cover?"

Answer: The Pacific Ocean. It's surface covers 32.4%
of the earth...3.2% more than all land areas combined.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
John S. of Charleston, SC
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
RWH of Fenton, MI
Jim P. of Port Clinton, OH
Jim C. of Bayfield, ONT
Patrick D. of Fairfax,VA


Week beginning 13 September 1997 -

"What is a nautical 'camel'?"

Answer: A float used as a fender, sometimes called
a "breasting float", OR a float used to raise
sunken structures.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
John S. of Charleston, SC
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Bob of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
rwsabc of Ambler, PA
Jim C. of Bayfield, Ont.
Matt P. of Dexter, NY
Rick D. of S/R Long Beach, NH
Henry of Chinook, ME


Week beginning 6 September 1997 -

"Name three circumstances where a sailing craft
does not necessarily have the "right-of-way" over a
powerboat."

Answer: When under mechanical power
When overtaking
When in a narrow channel with limited maneuverability
When instructed in a Traffic Separation area or by local rule
Certain vessels engaged in fishing
Other vessel "not in command"
When risk of collision is likely (Rule of Prudent Seamanship)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Yukon B. of Woodstock, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Bob of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Dave D. of Oswego, Il
Jim C. of Bayfield, Ont
Tom B. of Vancouver, Wa
Steve of Leitchville, Aust
RWH of Fenton, Mi
John S. of Charleston, SC
Captain Al of Anna Maria Is., FL
Matt P. of Dexter, NY


Week beginning 30 August 1997 -

"A widely recognized substitute for Halon
is the chemical FE 241. Within 5%, how much
more FE 241 does it take to dispense the same
firefighting effectiveness as Halon
in a specific installation?"

Answer: 70% more

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Steve of Leitchville, Aust


Week beginning 23 August 1997 -

"By 1876, the Thomson Dry Card Compass
was in wide use. What material was used
to suspend the pairs of magnets from
the compass card?"

Answer: Silk Threads

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA

(We had a complete and total crash earlier in
week, and may have missed some email entries to
the Trivia contest. If you can provide me a copy
of your entry showing the date sent before 30 August
, I will be happy to include your name on the list.)


Week beginning 16 August 1997 -

"From fore to aft, what are the names
given to each of the masts of a
five-masted schooner?"

Answer: fore, main, mizzen, jigger, spanker
or: fore, main, middle, mizzen, jigger
or: fore, foremain, main, mizzen, jigger

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Jim C. of Bayfield, ONT
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA


Week beginning 9 August 1997 -

"Using the relationship of 2,000 yards
to one nautical mile, what error is
introduced for a distance of 3.4 nm?"

Answer: 86.26 yards (6,076.12 feet in a nm /3 =
2,025.37 yards, minus 2,000 yards = 25.37 yards
error per nm. 25.37 x 3.4 nm = 86.26 yards.)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Yukon B. of Woodstock, NY
Steve of Leitchville, AUS
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Leo B. of Charleston, SC
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Jim C. of Bayfield, ONT
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Lt. W. of NRD Seattle, WA
John S. of Charleston, SC


Week beginning 2 August 1997 -

"What's a shipboard "henway"?"

Answer: About the same as she does ashore!
(Sorry...been drinking salt water again!)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Jim C. of Bayfield, ONT
John S. of Charleston, SC


Week beginning 26 July 1997 -

"What is the basic construction and use of
a "beam compass"?"

Answer: A plotting instrument
with the two legs attached to a bar of
metal or wood instead of being hinged.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Steve of Leitchville, Aus
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
John S. of Charleston, SC
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA


Week beginning 19 July 1997 -

"What is an 'ash breeze'?"

Answer: No breeze or wind...calm
(A condition which necessitated breaking out the oars
which were traditionally constructed of ashwood.)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
John S. of Charleson, SC


Week beginning 12 July 1997 -

"What is the 7/10ths rule of Navigation"

Answer: A rule of thumb which states that the
approximate distance to an object broad on the beam is
equal to 7/10ths of the distance travelled by a craft
when the relative bearing changes from 22.5 degrees to
45 degrees, or from 135 degrees to 157.5 degrees,
neglecting wind and/or current.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
John S. of Charleston, SC
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH


Week beginning 5 July 1997 -

"If the scale representation on a chart
is shown as 1:437,480, how many nautical miles would
you travel by moving one inch across the chart?"

Answer: 6 nm

(437,480 divided by the number of inches
in a nautical mile, 72,913.39)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Steve of Leitchville, Aus
John S. of Charleston, SC
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
J. Leo B. of Charleston, SC
Captain Steve of Yonkers, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Jim C. of Bayfield, ONT
Lynn of Crystal River, FL
Bob C. of Stratford, NJ
Marty T. of South Amboy, NJ
Bob L. of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Dave D. of Oswego, IL
Rick D. of S/R Long Beach, USA
Rick D. of Sun Prairie, WI
Captain Al of Anna Maria Island, FL
Mishi of Syracuse, NY



Week beginning 28 June 1997 -

"What is a gnomon?"

Answer: Any object the shadow of which
serves as an indicator; as the shadow pin
on a sun compass.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
John S. of Charleston, SC
YukonB of Woodstock, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Bob L. of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Bob C. of Stratford, NJ
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Jim C. of Bayfield, Ont. 



Week beginning 21 June 1997 -

"According to the Inland Navigation Rules,
any vessel 12 meters or more in length must carry onboard
a copy of the _______________ ."

Answer: Inland Navigation Rules

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
YukonB of Woodstock, NY
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Capt. Steve of Yonkers, NY
Jim of Port Clinton, OH
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Bob L. of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Leo B. of Charleston, SC
John S. of Charleston, SC
Rick D. of S/R Long Beach, USA
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Capt. Al of Santa Maria Island, FL



Week beginning 14 June 1997 -

"Under the lateral system, what is the
flashing time interval for "Flashing Lights"
versus "Quick Flashing Lights"?

Answer: Flashing is not more than 30 times per
minute, and Quick Flashing is not less than 60 times per
minute.

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
YukonB of Woodstock, NY
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
John S. of Charleston, SC
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Mike M. of Glastonbury, CT
Jim of Port Clinton, OH



Week beginning 7 June 1997 -

"While cruising in your powerboat, you notice that your
speed has decreased, the stern
has settled more into the water,
and your rudder is sluggish.
What is most likely the problem?"

Answer: Shallow Water

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Yukon B. of Woodstock, NY
Rick D. of S/R Long Beach, USA
Bob of Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Mike M. of Glastonbury, CT
smilonas of Eastpointe, Mi
Captain Al of Anna Maria Island, FL



Week beginning 31 May 1997 -

"During typhoon IDA in September, 1958,
a dropsonde recorded the lowest sea-level barometric
pressure ever recorded on earth, 750 miles east
of Luzon. What was that pressure, in millibars?"

Answer: 877.0 millibars

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Capt. Steve of Younkers, NY
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Bob C. of Stratford, NJ



Week beginning 24 May 1997 -

"An important lunar cycle is called the
NODAL PERIOD. How long is this cycle?"

Answer: 18.6 years

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
RWH of Fenton, MI
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
YukonB of Woodstock, NY
Nancy B. of Port Clinton, OH
Mike M. of Glastonbury, CT
John S. of Charleston, SC
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Steve of Leitchville, Australia



Week beginning 17 May 1997 -

"What is the more popular name for the Ratline Hitch?"

Answer: The Clove Hitch

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
YukonB of Woodstock, NY
Bob C. of Stratford, NJ
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
John S. of Charleston, SC
Mike M. of Glastonbury, CT



Week beginning 10 May 1997 -

"A vessel is being maneuvered to determine
the residual deviation of a magnetic compass. The
gyrocompass, which has an error of 1 degree E., is used
for placing the vessel on the magnetic heading
of 045 degrees. Variation in the area
is 7.8 degrees W. The compass heading is 044.1."

 "What is the deviation at MH 045?"

Answer: .9 degree E. (see below)

"Waydago", "Ooh", and "Aah" to:
Patrick D. of Fairfax, VA
Tom B. of Vancouver, WA
yukonB of Woodstock, NY
Mike M. of Glastonbury, CT


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