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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - January 2015

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

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: You are underway and see a vessel displaying a square flag over a ball. What does this indicate?

A. vessel aground

B. vessel engaged in survey work

C. minesweeper underway

D. vessel in distress

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: Overtaking a vessel in a narrow channel, you get an answer signal of prolonged-short-prolonged-short. What should you do?

A. proceed to overtake

B. hold back

C. crossed signals require you to stop

D. respond with five or more short blasts

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: You have a 100-meter tow astern. How many masthead lights are required on the forward mast?

A. one

B. two

C. three

D. four

4. What would the chart abbreviations C, Hd, Pt, and Entr indicate?

A. coastal features

B. topography

C. bottom contour

D. navigation hazard

5. Most high-pressure areas in the United States bring on:

A. warm, damp air

B. northwest winds

C. cold, dry air

D. snow


1. D, Annex IV

2. A, Rule 34 (c)

3. B, Rule 24

4. A

5. C