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Seamanship Quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel engaged in fishing during the day would be required to display:

A. red ball over a white ball

B. a bucket in the rigging

C. a basket in the rigging

D. a black ball in the rigging

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A stern light covers an arc of how much on each side of the vessel?

A. 135 degrees

B. 67.5 degrees

C. 12 points

D. 10 points

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A signal consisting of a square having above or below it a ball or anything resembling a ball is:

A. a submarine on the bottom

B. a vessel not under command

C. a vessel in distress

D. a vessel aground

4. INLAND RULES: A special flashing light is yellow and flashes at a regular interval rate of how many flashes per minute?

A. 120

B. 20 to 50

C. 50 to 70

D. any of the above

5. Buys-Ballot’s law refers to:

A. checking temperature with a sling


B. wind speed over water

C. atmospheric pressure

D. storm center facing wind


1. C, Rule 26

2. B, Rule 21(c)

3. C, Annex IV

4. C, Rule 21

5. D

December 2013 issue