Top 10 sailing facts Selected as the most interesting among sailing related questions in Sailing quiz 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.Created by: globalquiz.orgice facts » 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.Created by: globalquiz.orgsea battles facts » 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.Created by: Jason Beagleyships facts » Whose flagship was used as a model for this replica?Columbus. Santa Maria, the largest of three ships of Columbus' first voyage, was a small carrack with single deck and crew of 40 men. Created by: globalquiz.orggeographic discoveries facts » Historically, the nautical mile was defined as ...One minute of latitude. In 1929, the international nautical mile was defined by the First International Extraordinary Hydrographic Conference in Monaco as precisely 1,852 meters. The United States nautical mile was defined as 6,080.20 feet (1,853.24 m) based in the Mendenhall Order foot of 1893. It was abandoned in favour of the international nautical mile in 1954. The Imperial nautical mile, often called an Admiralty mile, was defined by its relation to the Admiralty knot, and was abandoned in 1970.Created by: Katarzyna Dąbrowskameasures facts » What was the name of Blackbeard's ship, one of the most dangerous pirates of his time?Revenge of Queen Anne. Queen Anne's Revenge was a fully rigged ship, most famously used as a flagship by the pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach). Although the date and place of the ship's construction are unclear, it is believed she was built in Bristol in 1710 and named Concord. Blackbeard used the ship for less than a year, but captured numerous prizes using her as his flagship.Created by: Tschukaleaders facts » 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.Created by: globalquiz.orgRoyal Navy facts » 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.Created by: globalquiz.orgkings of Europe facts » 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.Created by: globalquiz.orgAge of Discovery facts » 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. Created by: Kantapat Rassameehistory of India facts » Play sailing quiz and see all the questions.