Test Your Knowledge: Shipwrecks Quiz

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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?

The ferry collided with a tanker and caught fire in 1987; it was captured on video.

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

The incredibly overloaded ship was filled with undocumented passengers; no one will ever know the real death toll.

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

It stayed afloat long enough for most passengers to realize they were going to die.

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What was the RMS Lusitania carrying when it was torpedoed?

The munitions were hidden below deck; the Germans targeted the ship even though there were more than 1,000 civilians on board.

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

The ship was carrying munitions when it collided with another ship; the explosion also killed about 2,000 people.

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What year did the MS Estonia sink?

It is Europe's worst-ever peacetime sinking; 852 people died.

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What caused the Estonia's sinking?

Waves of nearly 20 feet (6 meters) --and possible mismanagement by the crew -- caused the ship to take on too much water.

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

Most were carried away by currents and never seen again.

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Where did the RMS Empress of Ireland sink?

Its remains lie in about 130 feet (40 meters) of water and is accessible to motivated divers.

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

A total of 1,012 people died. The 1914 crash is still Canada's worst peacetime ship disaster.

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

But the overloaded ship probably had close to 1,000 people onboard when it sank.

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Why did the MV Bukoba sink?

It was simply not maintained and probably should not have even been on the water.

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In what year did the HMT Royal Edward sink?

It carried troops heading to World War I battlefields; more than 900 died.

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

There were perhaps 1,300 souls aboard and only nine survived; hundreds of dead bodies washed up onto land.

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

In 1921, the passenger ship snapped in two after hitting rocks near China; 1,000 people died, some while waiting for help.

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

It was just 8 feet, but in 1850, many people didn't know how to swim, so jumping in the water was a death sentence.

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

A fast maneuver may have caused it to capsize; the exploding gunpowder didn't help, either.

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When was the MV Wilhelm Gustloff sunk?

A Soviet submarine blasted the ship with a torpedo near East Prussia.

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How many people died when the MV Wilhelm Gustloff sank?

More than 5,000 of them were children, but because it had guns on board it was considered a target.

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

It cost the Khan around 100,000 men and 4,000 ships and ended his attempted conquest of Japan.

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

The ferry caught fire and began listing. It sank as it was turning back to port, killing more than 1,000 people.

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

The Graveyard of the Atlantic is actually two locations, both on the eastern side of North America; horribly rough waters cause many sinkings.

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Where did the SS Eastland sink?

The ship simply listed to one side and sank, right there at the dock.

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How many people died when the SS Eastland went down?

Poor design and carelessness were to blame; rescuers acted quickly but too many people were already below deck.

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

She turned too sharply and the ship tipped to one side, allowing water to course through the gun ports.

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

The Senegalese ferry was far too overloaded and 1,863 people drowned.

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How long did it take Le Joola to completely capsize?

Only one lifeboat managed to deploy; it saved 25 lives.

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Where are the remains of the Arabia steamboat?

It sank in the 1850s on the Missouri River and is now under a field in Kansas City, Kansas.

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

The incredible depth of the wreckage made it difficult to find until modern technologies spotted it.

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

In 1914 the ship became lodged in ice, it was crushed and sank; some explorers would like to find it but the 12,000-foot deep water and cold will make the task very difficult.

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