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๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ "Ship Ahoy!" ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ CST Activities Page

"Dance with the waves, move with the sea, let the rhythm of the water set your soul free."

Christy Ann Martine

This new CST activities page has been prepared to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the release of the Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' album on 16th January 1969. It could also be used for 'World Maritime Day' on 29th September.

Begin the session by asking members if they enjoy travelling by ship (ferry, cruise ship or yacht)?

To which destinations have members travelled across water?

Has anyone owned or rented a boat, maybe a canal barge or a speedboat or a dinghy?

What are the best things about being on the water or sea?

Does anyone get seasick? What are the best remedies?


Next, here are some well known phrases for members to complete by way of a shout out ...

(It's a good way to build confidence before the quiz proper.)

Like a fish out of WATER

Having a whale of a TIME

The world is your OYSTER

The coast is CLEAR

A drop in the OCEAN

Down in the DOLDRUMS

As the crow FLIES

Plenty more fish in the SEA

Run a tight SHIP

All hands on DECK

Sail close to the WIND

Don't rock the BOAT

It's all plain SAILING

Between the devil and the deep BLUE SEA

A face that launched a THOUSAND SHIPS

Like rats abandoning a SINKING SHIP

Like rearranging deck chairs on the TITANIC

Like ships that pass in the NIGHT

Come hell or high WATER

Rub a dub three men in the TUB

Ho ho ho and a bottle of RUM

FIRST SONG. 'Yellow Submarine', The Beatles -

Ask members to sing along ...


NB simplify to help members answer more questions successfully by giving clues such as first names or initials etc

Round 1. Top 10 Historic Ships

1. Which British King's warship, launched in 1511, was named the 'Mary Rose'?

(Now in Portsmouth)

2. Which explorer circumnavigated the globe on the 'Golden Hind' between 1577-1580?

(Replica in Brixham)

3. Which statesman's galleon, the 'Ark Royal', was the flagship that saw first action in the battles against the Spanish Armada in 1588?

(Sunk in 1636)

4. Which group of people set sail from Plymouth on the 'Mayflower' in 1620?

(Her fate remains unknown)

5. Which scientist set sail from Plymouth on 'HMS Beagle' from Plymouth in 1831?

(Dismantled for scrap)

6. Who designed the 'SS Great Britain', which was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854?

(Now in Bristol)

7. Which cargo did the 'Cutty Sark' (the fastest sailing ship of its time) bring back from its first return journey to Shanghai in 1869?

(Now in Greenwich)

8. Which admiral fought in the 'Battle Of Trafalgar' in 1895 on the flagship 'HMS Victory'?

(Now in Portsmouth)

9. Which explorer set sail from Cardiff in 1910 on the whaler 'Terra Nova'?

(Wreck discovered off Greenland)

10. 'RMS Titanic', billed as an unsinkable ship, hit an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. How many souls were saved?

SONG BREAK. 'My Heart Will Go On', Celine Dion -

Round 2. More Recent Ships

11. What was the name of the expedition undertaken by the Norwegian writer Thor Heyerdahl in 1948 (he wanted to prove people from South America could have reached Polynesia before Columbus)?

12. What was the name of the tanker that spilt oil in Alaskan seas in 1989?

13. What year did Her Majesty give up her beloved 'Royal Yacht Britannia'?

14. What is the name of the cruiser permanently moored on the Thames?

15. Which organisation's ship was sunk by French Intelligence in Auckland in 1985?

16. What was the name of the ferry which capsized moments after leaving Zeebrugge in March 1987?

17. What name did the public give to the polar research ship 'Sir David Attenborough' before its name was changed in 2018?

18. Which ship is pictured alongside JMW Turner on the new ยฃ20 polymer bank note?

19. In which canal did the cargo ship 'Ever Given' get stuck in 2021?

20. What is the name of the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world?

SONG BREAK. 'Ferry 'Cross The Mersey', Gerry Marsden & The Pacemakers -

Round 3. TV

21. Name the TV show? (Intro titles here - )

What was the name of his ship?

22. Name the TV show? (Intro titles here - )

What was the name of his friend?

23. Name the TV show? (Song here - )

Name the lady?

24. Name the TV show? (Intro titles here - )

Name the submarine?

25. Name the TV show? (Intro titles here - )

In which city was it set?

26. Name the TV show? (Intro titles here - )

Name the ship?

27. Name the TV drama? (Intro titles here - )

What relationship were the owners?

28. Name the TV show? (Trailer here - )

Name the female character?

29. Name the captain? (Advert - )

What did he advertise?

30. Name the bubblebath? (Advert - )

What music was used in the advert?

SONG BREAK. 'Beyond The Sea', Bobby Darin -

Round 4. Movies

31. Name the 1953 movie (Clue. Captain Hook)?

32. Name the 1956 movie (Clue. Captain Ahab)?

33. Name the 1962 movie (Clue. Ship name - 'Bounty')

34. Name the 1963 movie (Clue. Ship name - 'Argo')?

35. Name the 1969 movie (Clue. Vessel name - 'Nautilus')?

36. Name the 1972 movie? (Clue. About a capsized cruise ship.)

37. Name the 1975 movie (Clue. Boat name - 'Orca')

38. Name the 2000 movie (Clue. Volleyball name 'Wilson')?

39. Name the 2003 movie (Clue. Captain Jack Sparrow)?

40. Name the 2014 movie (Clue. 'Book Of Genesis')?

SONG BREAK. 'Bermuda Triangle', Barry Manilow - ('Legs & Co' 'Top Of The Pops' video)

Round 5. People

41. Who famously sailed solo in this yacht? (Clue. He was the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall in 1966โ€“67.)

42. Name this French explorer?

Name the ship?

43. Name this Prime Minister?

What years was he in office?

44. Name this War Veteran?

Name the warship upon which he was injured?

45. Name this TV star?

What was the name of her series?

46. Name this round the world solo sailor? (Clue. In 2005 she smashed the world record for the fastest solo nonstop voyage around the world on her first attempt, completing the 27,354-mile journey in 71 days, 14 hours.)

47. Name this Atlantic crossing pair? (49 days spent at sea!)

On which TV reality series did we first meet the chap on the left?

48. Name this TV chef?

Name the town?

49. Name the Olympian? (He is the most successful sailor in Olympic history, winning gold medals at the four consecutive Games held between 2000 and 2012.)

What were the four Olympic Games from 2000-2012?

50. Finally, name this natural historian?

Name his programme about the world's oceans?

SONG BREAK. 'Sailing', Rod Stewart -

A few more songs ...


You could play a game of 'Battleships'? (There are several apps available on the iPad.)

Or you could make pirate hats. Here is an instructive video -

Or you could get the flags and musical instruments out and play along with 'Rule Britannia' ...


1. Henry V111

2. Francis Drake

3. Walter Raleigh

4. Pilgrims

5. Charles Darwin

6. Isambard Kingdom Brunel

7. Tea

8. Horatio Nelson

9. Robert Falcon Scott

10. Over 1,500 people died in the maritime disaster, while 705 individuals survived

11. 'The Kon-Tiki Expedition'

12. 'Exxon Valdez'

13. 1997

14. 'HMS Belfast'

15. 'Greenpeace'

16. 'Herald Of Free Enterprise'

17. 'Boaty McBoat Face'

18. 'The Fighting Temerarie'

19. Suez Canal

20. 'PS Waverley'

21. 'Captain Pugwash' / 'The Black Pig'

22. 'Robinson Crusoe' / Man Friday

23. 'Stingray' / Aqua Marina

24. 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea' / 'Seaview'

25. 'The Onedin Line' / Liverpool

26. 'The Love Boat' / 'Pacific Princess'

27. 'Howard's Way' / Brothers

28. 'Poldark' / Demelza

29. Captain Birdseye / Fish products

30. 'Matey' / 'A Life On The Ocean Wave'

31. 'Peter Pan'

32. 'Moby Dick'

33. 'Mutiny On The Bounty'

34. 'Jason And The Argonauts'

35. '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'

36. 'The Poseidon Adventure'

37. 'Jaws'

38. 'Castaway'

39. 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

40. 'Noah'

41. Francis Chichester

42. Jacques Cousteau / 'Calypso'

43. Edward Heath / 1970-74

44. Simon Weston / 'Sir Galahad'

45. Jane McDonald / 'Cruising With ...'

46. Ellen McArthur

47. Ben Fogle & James Cracknell / 'Castaway'

48. Rick Stein / Padstow

49. Ben Ainslee / Sydney, Athens, Beijing & London

50. David Attenborough / 'The Blue Planet'


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