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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or RNLI

Quiz: Test your knowledge of RNLI facts and triva

  1. What term is used for the person in charge of a boat, particularly its steering and navigation?
  2. In which city are the RNLI headquarters?
  3. Which two objects were placed on the flag's Saint George's Cross by designer Leonora Preston in 1884?

  4. Where did nineteen RNLI lifeboats sail to between 27 May and 4 June 1940?
  5. The Mumbles Lifeboat Station is on the outskirts of which city?
  6. On which island did William Hillary live and draw inspiration from to found the RNLI in 1824?
  7. What term means the width of a ship at its widest point?
  8. The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurred on 19 December 1981. The Penlee Lifeboat Station is near which village in Cornwall?
  9. Notable rescues carried out between 1917 and 1941 made which lifeboat station and town on the Norfolk course well known?
  10. Which RNLI museum in Bamburgh, Northumberland, is named after a Victorian-era heroine?
  11. RNLI Inspector, Captain Ward, pioneered a lifesaving breakthrough in 1854 with his invention of a lifejacket made from which material?
  12. Name the river forming most of the border between Devon and Cornwall which gave its name to a class of boats constructed between 2006 and 2013?
  13. The busiest RNLI station in the country lies on which body of water?
  14. The most northerly of all RNLI lifeboat stations is Aith, on which island?
  15. What two colours on a beach flag signifies a swimming area with lifeguard supervision?
  16. A British hymn traditionally associated with seafarers, Eternal Father, Strong to Save is often known by the last line of its first verse. What is this 7 word line?


  1. Coxswain
  2. Poole, Dorset
  3. A crown and anchor (a Tudor crown and a foul anchor)
  4. Dunkirk, France
  5. Swansea
  6. Isle of Man
  7. Beam
  8. Mousehole
  9. Cromer
  10. The Grace Darling Museum
  11. Cork
  12. River Tamar (Tamar-class)
  13. River Thamas (Tower Station, on the Thames)
  14. Shetland
  15. Red and yellow
  16. For Those in Peril on the Sea