USCG Rules of the Road: Master's License

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25: INLAND ONLY In a narrow channel, a power-driven vessel desiring to overtake another power-driven vessel on the other vessel's starboard side will sound a whistle signal of __________.

33: INLAND ONLY For the purpose of the Inland Navigation Rules, the term "inland waters" includes __________.

80: INLAND ONLY While underway at night, you see two yellow lights displayed in a vertical line. This should indicate to you a(n) __________.

85: INLAND ONLY A power-driven vessel crossing a river on the Great Lakes or Western Rivers, must keep out of the way of a power-driven vessel __________.

    N a. descending the river with a tow
    N b. ascending the river with a tow
    N c. ascending the river without a tow
    Y d. All of the above

110: INLAND ONLY Which statement is TRUE concerning the fog signal of a sailing vessel 25 meters in length, anchored in a "special anchorage area" approved by the Secretary?

    N a. The vessel is not required to sound a fog signal.
    Y b. The vessel shall ring a bell for 5 seconds every minute.
    N c. The vessel shall sound one blast of the whistle every 2 minutes.
    N d. The vessel shall sound three blasts on the whistle every 2 minutes.

215: INTERNATIONAL ONLY At night you sight the lights shown. What do the lights indicate? (DIAGRAM 66 )

    N a. Two vessels pair trawling
    Y b. A tug with a tow alongside
    N c. A ship being assisted by a tug
    N d. A vessel engaged in fishing

223: INLAND ONLY A barge more than 50 meters long, at anchor in a "special anchorage area designated by the Secretary", is required to show how many white anchor lights?

    Y a. Two
    N b. One
    N c. One, on the near approach of another vessel
    N d. None

231: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Vessel "A" is overtaking vessel "B" as shown. Vessel "B" is the __________. (DIAGRAM 17 )

    N a. give-way vessel
    Y b. vessel being overtaken
    N c. passing vessel
    N d. None of the above

334: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Diagram "A" shows the arc of visibility of a __________. (DIAGRAM 23 )

    N a. yellow flashing light
    Y b. red sidelight
    N c. green sidelight
    N d. stern light

341: INLAND ONLY Two power-driven vessels are crossing within a half a mile of each other as shown. Vessel "A" sounds one short blast on the whistle. This signal means __________. (DIAGRAM 42 )

    Y a. "I intend to leave you on my port side"
    N b. "I intend to overtake you on your port side"
    N c. "I am altering my course to starboard"
    N d. None of the above

4017: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A 200-meter vessel is aground in fog. Which signal is optional?

    N a. A bell signal
    N b. A gong signal
    Y c. A whistle signal
    N d. All of the above

4194: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND At night, you are towing a partly submerged vessel, 20 meters in length and 4 meters in breadth. What lights must you display on the towed vessel?

    N a. A white light at the stern
    N b. Two white lights side by side at the stern
    Y c. A white light at the forward end and a white light at the after end
    N d. Two red lights in a vertical line at the after end

4216: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are approaching a narrow channel. You see a vessel that can only be navigated safely within the channel. You should __________.

    N a. initiate an exchange of passing signals
    Y b. not cross the channel if you might impede the other vessel
    N c. sound the danger signal
    N d. hold your course and speed

4217: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A man aboard a vessel, signaling by raising and lowering his outstretched arms to each side, is indicating __________.

    N a. danger, stay away
    N b. all is clear, it is safe to pass
    N c. the vessel is anchored
    Y d. a distress signal

4247: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND What day-shape is to be shown by a vessel aground?

    N a. A cylinder
    N b. Two cones with their apexes together
    N c. Two black balls in a vertical line
    Y d. Three black balls in a vertical line

4248: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND What is NOT a distress signal?

    N a. Red flares or red rockets
    N b. Continuous sounding of fog signaling apparatus
    N c. International Code Flags "November" and "Charlie"
    Y d. Basket hanging in the rigging

4266: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND On open waters, a power-driven vessel shall keep out of the way of a __________.

    N a. vessel on her port side that is crossing her course
    N b. vessel that is overtaking her
    N c. seaplane on the water
    Y d. sailing vessel

4300: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND At night, a vessel displaying the light shown is __________. (DIAGRAM 46 )

    Y a. sailing
    N b. fishing and making way
    N c. a pilot boat making way
    N d. fishing and anchored

4414: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Every vessel which is directed by these Rules to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, avoid __________.

    Y a. crossing ahead of the other
    N b. crossing astern of the other
    N c. passing port to port
    N d. passing starboard to starboard

4455: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which vessel is "underway" within the meaning of the Rules?

    N a. A vessel at anchor with the engine turning
    N b. A vessel tied to an offshore mooring buoy
    N c. A vessel aground with the engine turning
    Y d. A vessel drifting with the engine stopped

4459: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Three short blasts of the whistle means __________.

    N a. "danger"
    N b. "I am in distress"
    N c. the vessel is not under command (broken down)
    Y d. "I am operating astern propulsion"

4485: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are underway in reduced visibility. You hear the fog signal of another vessel about 20 on your starboard bow. Risk of collision may exist. You should __________.

    N a. alter course to starboard to pass around the other vessel
    Y b. reduce your speed to bare steerageway
    N c. slow your engines and let the other vessel pass ahead of you
    N d. alter course to port to pass the other vessel on its portside

4487: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel displaying the day-shape shown is __________. (DIAGRAM 34 )

    N a. towing
    Y b. fishing
    N c. anchored
    N d. being towed

4498: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND In the daytime, you see a large sailing vessel on the beam. You know that she is also propelled by machinery if she shows __________.

    N a. a basket
    N b. a black ball
    Y c. a black cone
    N d. two black cones

4524: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND What equipment for fog signals is required for a vessel 20 meters in length?

    N a. Whistle only
    N b. Bell only
    Y c. Whistle and bell only
    N d. Whistle, bell, and gong

4540: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND The lights shown are those of a __________. (DIAGRAM 58 )

    N a. vessel being towed
    Y b. power-driven vessel of less than 50 meters in length
    N c. fishing vessel at anchor
    N d. sailboat

4582: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND At night, a vessel displaying the lights shown is __________. (DIAGRAM 52 )

    N a. pushing ahead
    Y b. underway
    N c. towing a submerged object
    N d. engaged in dredging

4631: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Two barges are being pushed ahead by a tugboat. Which statement is TRUE concerning lights on the barges?

    N a. Each vessel should show sidelights.
    N b. Each vessel should show at least one white light.
    N c. The barges should be lighted as separate units.
    Y d. The barges should be lighted as one vessel.

4873: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND In a crossing situation on open waters, a sailing vessel shall keep out of the way of all the following vessels EXCEPT a vessel __________.

    N a. not under command
    N b. restricted in her ability to maneuver
    Y c. engaged in towing
    N d. fishing

8081: INTERNATIONAL ONLY The light which may be used with a vessel's whistle must be __________.

    N a. used when the whistle is broken
    Y b. a white light
    N c. used only at night
    N d. used prior to sounding the whistle