It could help you win the Pub Quiz......
A few minutes of "I never knew that" and a bit of trivia that might help you win the Pub Quiz. Next month we'll have more to keep you entertained.
The biggest, the fastest and the strangest..!
There are 1,000's of interesting facts about all kinds of boats and boating terminology, so we've listed a few that we find particularly fascinating. From historical information, the origin of boating terms we use today, to which boats were the largest or fastest. We thought you just might like to know...
So if you're ever "Bored On-Board"....
"The World" is not just the name used for our planet, it's also the name of a Cruise Ship on which residents can live on-board permanently..! It's not cheap to buy a cabin but travelling around the world on a boat for 365 days a year sounds pretty good to us..!
The difference between a Boat and a Ship is the weight. If a vessel weighs 500 tonnes or more then it's most certainly a ship as with this weight it can carry a boat. Boats can't carry ships.
There's a superstition in the Royal Navy that you shouldn't whistle on a boat as it can summon strong winds. However, there is one person allowed to whistle on-board and that's the ships cook. In days long gone this proved they weren't using their mouths to eat the food..!
Roaming around International Waters, the abandoned Russian Cruise Ship named "MV Lyubov Orlova" traversed the Atlantic with many reported sitings. Constructed in 1976 for expeditions in Antarctica, she was eventually declared as "derelict" and was to be taken from Canada to the Domican Republic for scrapping. She obviously had different plans to start a solo journey of her own and broke loose from the transport tug to begin her travels. She was last sited in 2013, so be sure to let us know if you cross her path..!
The Ship used by Christopher Columbus to reach America was only 62ft in length. Named Santa Maria, it was about the same size as a bus. The voyage from Spain to America took nearly three months and surprisingly he didn't sail off the edge of world...!
The fastest boat was in fact a Hydroplane named "Spirit of Australia". Built in 1978 she was 27ft and reached a top speed of 317.58 mph. She could reach these speeds because of a flat bottom which allowed her to skim over the surface of the water.
A "Hog in Armour" is not a pig dressed and ready for battle, but a rather dismissive term used to describe an Iron Clad Ship...
We have a lot to thank the Egyptians for as they were some of the first boat manufacturers, with examples dating back to 6000 BC. Initially made with papyrus, they developed into the beautiful Felucca's we see on the Nile today. Wealthy Egyptians were often buried with boats in their tombs, in the belief that they would help them traverse the heavens in the afterlife.
The largest Ship ever made was built in Japan in 1979 and weighed a gargantuan 564,000 tonnes. Named "Sea Wise Giant", she was in use as an Oil Tanker but had to be salvaged after sinking during the Iran/Iraq war. She was finally laid to rest in 2009.
The "Slop Chest" was actually the on-board shop, where crew in times long gone could purchase items such as clothes, knives and tobacco. They didn't use or carry money on-board, so the cost of the items was deducted from their wage at the end of their voyage.
Who would have thought eh....
Next month we'll have more to keep you entertained. If you have any interesting boating facts or trivia you'd like to share, we'd love to hear them..!