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    Exercise "Merchant Marine", created by tizeph (a free exercise to learn English):
    Results of the 2 216 people who have taken this test:
    Average mark: 54 / 100 Share

    Latest member with a 100/100 (perfect mark): didou3333 / FRANCE, on Sunday 31 January - 20:40:
    "Bravo pour ce test."

    They got a perfect mark

    Stats (2216 candidates)
    Question 1 passed: 59.3 %
    The bulk of British exports and imports is made by sea. It is no wonder then that Great Britain has the largest * in the world at sea.

    Question 2 passed: 55.3 %
    It is comprised of merchantmen (or merchant ships): steamships (or steamers) or motor vessels. Some cargo-boats are specialised: coasters, colliers, *, etc. Vessels of any kind are collectively called craft.

    Question 3 passed: 53.4 %
    The engines propel the vessel. They drive one or two * (or screws).

    Question 4 passed: 50.5 %
    Paddle steamers are still to be found navigating on lakes or river estuaries. The * of a ship is called the funnel.

    Question 5 passed: 45.1 %
    The body of a ship is the hull; it is supported by the * which extends from stem to stern.

    Question 6 passed: 50 %
    A merchantman includes several watertight holds, in which the cargo (or freight) is carefully stowed. When a ship's holds are empty, she must carry ballast (sand ballast or water-ballast). The goods are loaded on board and unloaded (or discharged) with the help of *.

    Question 7 passed: 36.7 %
    A small boat is steered by means of a tiller (or helm) fitted to the head of the *. In large vessels there is no tiller but a wheel. The sailor in charge of it receives orders from the master (called skipper on a small vessel), who is assisted by a mate.

    Question 8 passed: 44.3 %
    The * are fixed to the bows of a ship, one on the starboard (or right) side, the other to the port (or left) side.

    Question 9 passed: 83.8 %
    Before coming to an *, which depends on the draught of the ship, the lead is used to sound the depth of the sea. Then the ship will drop anchor (opp. weigh anchor)

    Question 10 passed: 45.3 %
    A ship flies her national flag. In Great Britain, it is called the Red Ensign. The members of the crew are on duty in rotation during four-hour periods called watches. The officer of the watch must be very attentive to the ship's course and keep a close eye on the compass and the *. The speed of a vessel is indicated in knots (one knot = one mile per hour)

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