Friday’s answers

Andrei posed Thursday’s questions for which he gets my thanks.

A virtual box of peaches can be collected by leaving the answers below.

3 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Teletext says:

    These were my questions Ele and I claim the box of peaches

    1. On Sunday, May 27 1883 a shockwave was felt around the world. What was the cause of the shockwave?

    The eruption and destruction of Krakatoa. The actual blast was heard on Reunion Island over 5700 kms away in the Indian Ocean

    2. Where did this shockwave originate from?

    From the island that was Krakatoa which lay in the Sundra Strait which ran between the islands of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia which even then, as it still is, one of the major shipping lanes in the SE Asia area

    3. Who were Alfred Wegener and J Tuzo Wilson and what was their theory about the cause of the shockwave?

    They were both scientists who were interested in Geology who studied the eruption in great detail.

    4. Although these two men were not believed at the time, what are their theories known as now?

    Plate techtonics which is now accepted science. Wegener, in particular was ridiculed for his theories when he released them.

    5. What is the Wallace line, where did it run, and what does it delineate?

    It was an invisible and controversial line that ran between Bali and Pulau Lombok Islands and east of Borneo. It was created by Alfred Russel Wallace, a compatriot of Charles Darwin and it delineated that to the east of the line was the Australian Fauna,(cockatoos, kangaroos etc.) and to the west of the line were Indo European Fauna (apes, monkeys, otters, bears, deer, cattle etc) and neither had existed on the opposite sides of the line before humans arrived.

  2. homepaddock says:

    Whoops, sorry Teletext. enjoy your peaches.

  3. Andrei says:

    (1) At sea what was the “black gang”?

    These were the men who worked in the boiler room stoking the fires – hot, heavy and dirty work

    (2) What was the trimmers job?

    The trimmers moved the coal from the stokeholds to the boiler room, another hot,heavy and dirty job

    (3) What was the innovation pioneered on the hull of the Normadie in the nineteen thirties which is now almost universal on large merchant ships today?

    The bulbous bow – which is useful on vessels that maintain a fairly constant speed over long periods of time – in Normandies case it was designed to maintain as high a speed as possible

    (4) In the Royal Navy what did “kissing the gunners daughter” mean?

    Young men were punished by being tied over a cannon barrel and beaten on thair bare behinds

    (5) What are scuppers?

    These are holes cut at deck level to allow drainage of water from the deck overboad

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