Nautical knowledge

Hopefully you’ve got your sea legs for the season, because Charleston is awash in water-related events this weekend. There’s Charleston Race Week, which is celebrating 20 years, the Charleston In-Water Boat Show and the East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival all going on. Head2Head is jumping onboard with the festivities with nautical trivia this week. Last week ended in a tie, so both Jack Upton and Kevin Dillard are back for a tie-breaker.


1. Finish the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor take ...”

2. What is the opening sentence of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”?

3. Is the Tropic of Capricorn located above or below the equator?

4. Which boat, the Nina, the Pinta or the Santa Maria, sank after hitting a coral reef?

5. How much is a fathom?

6. What country invented the schooner?

7. What is the USS Constitution’s nickname?

8. What side of a boat is starboard?

9. Fletcher Christian led a mutiny aboard this ship against Captain Bligh. What was the ship?

10. What is a toilet called on a boat?


1. It’s warning.

2. Pretty sure “Call me Ishmael.”

3. Uh, below?

4. Santa Maria.

5. Ten feet.

6. England.

7. Old Ironsides.

8. Right.

9. HMS Bounty.

10. Overboard.


1. Warning.

2. This is the story of a really big whale.

3. Below.

4. The Santa Maria.

5. Twenty feet.

6. England.

7. Old Ironsides.

8. Left?

9. Like Mutiny on the Bounty? I guess, the Bounty.

10. Port-a-potty.


After a week in which our two contestants tied, Jack comes out ahead to reclaim his Head2Head title. He’ll return next week to face a new opponent.


1. Warning

2. “Call me Ishmael.”

3. Below

4. Santa Maria

5. Six feet

6. The Netherlands

7. Old Ironsides

8. Right

9. The Bounty

10. The head