USCG Rules of the Road: Master's License

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19: INLAND ONLY A power-driven vessel operating in a narrow channel with a following current on the Great Lakes or Western Rivers is meeting an upbound vessel. Which statement is TRUE?


24: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which of the day-shapes shown would you show on the after end of an inconspicuous partially submerged vessel or object being towed less than 200 meters in length? (DIAGRAM 16 )


68: INLAND ONLY Which is CORRECT regarding a "special flashing light"?


189: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are on vessel "A" towing a barge alongside and meeting vessel "B" as shown. Which action should you take? (DIAGRAM 39 )

    N a. Alter course to port
    Y b. Alter course to starboard
    N c. Back down to reduce the strain on the lines
    N d. Maintain course and speed

207: INLAND ONLY What lights are required for a single barge being towed alongside?

    N a. Sidelights and a stern light
    Y b. Sidelights, a special flashing light, and a stern light
    N c. Sidelights and a special flashing light
    N d. Sidelights, a towing light, and a stern light

282: INLAND ONLY While underway you sight the lights shown with the yellow lights flashing. The lights displayed are from a __________. (DIAGRAM 81 )

    N a. vessel not under command
    Y b. dredge pipeline
    N c. vessel aground
    N d. vessel engaged in fishing

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

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

366: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Two power-driven vessels are crossing as shown. Vessel "A" sounds one short blast on the whistle. Vessel "B" is the __________. (DIAGRAM 42 )

    N a. give-way vessel
    Y b. stand-on vessel
    N c. overtaking vessel
    N d. burdened vessel

4033: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND The duration of a prolonged blast of the whistle is __________.

    N a. 2 to 4 seconds
    Y b. 4 to 6 seconds
    N c. 6 to 8 seconds
    N d. 8 to 10 seconds

4118: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND When should the fog signal of a manned vessel under tow be sounded?

    Y a. After the towing vessel's fog signal
    N b. Before the towing vessel's fog signal
    N c. Approximately one minute after the towing vessel's fog signal
    N d. If the towing vessel is sounding a fog signal, the manned vessel being towed is not required to sound any fog signal.

4127: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel will NOT show sidelights when __________.

    N a. underway but not making way
    N b. making way, not under command
    Y c. not under command, not making way
    N d. trolling underway

4136: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND The white masthead light required for a power-driven vessel under the Rules is visible over how many degrees of the horizon?

    N a. 022.5
    N b. 112.5
    Y c. 225.0
    N d. 360.0

4146: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND When taking action to avoid collision, you should __________.

    Y a. make sure the action is taken in enough time
    N b. not make any large course changes
    N c. not make any large speed changes
    N d. All of the above

4162: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel at night, displaying the lights shown is __________. (DIAGRAM 83 )

    N a. fishing
    Y b. not under command
    N c. towing
    N d. being towed

4183: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND When anchoring a 25-meter vessel at night, you must show __________.

    Y a. one all-round white light
    N b. two all-round white lights
    N c. one all-round white light and the sidelights
    N d. the sidelights and a stern light

4241: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A tug is towing three manned barges in line in fog. The first vessel of the tow should sound __________.

    Y a. no fog signal
    N b. one short blast
    N c. one prolonged and three short blasts
    N d. one prolonged, one short, and one prolonged blast

4273: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which vessel is NOT classified as "restricted in her ability to maneuver"?

    N a. A vessel picking up a navigation mark
    N b. A vessel transferring cargo while underway
    Y c. A vessel whose anchor is fouled
    N d. A vessel in a towing operation that restricts the ability of the vessel and her tow to change their course

4287: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Fog bell signals for vessels at anchor or aground shall be sounded at intervals of not more than __________.

    N a. 15 minutes
    N b. 5 minutes
    N c. 2 minutes
    Y d. 1 minutes

4353: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Every vessel that is to keep out of the way of another vessel must take positive early action to comply with this obligation and must __________.

    Y a. avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel
    N b. avoid passing astern of the other vessel
    N c. sound one prolonged blast to indicate compliance
    N d. alter course to port for a vessel on her port side

4453: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Vessels "A" and "B" are crossing as shown. Which statement is TRUE? (DIAGRAM 30 )

    N a. The vessels should pass starboard to starboard.
    N b. Vessel "B" should pass astern of vessel "A".
    N c. Vessel "B" should alter course to the right.
    Y d. Vessel "A" must keep clear of vessel "B".

4457: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND If you anchor your 25-meter vessel in a harbor, what light(s) must you show?

    Y a. One all-round white light
    N b. Two all-round white lights
    N c. One all-round red light
    N d. All the deck house lights

4541: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND The Rules state that vessels may depart from the Rules when __________.

    N a. there are no other vessels around
    N b. operating in a narrow channel
    N c. the Master enters it in the ship's log
    Y d. necessary to avoid immediate danger

4598: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel engaged in fishing while at anchor shall sound a fog signal of __________.

    Y a. one prolonged and two short blasts at two-minute intervals
    N b. one prolonged and three short blasts at two-minute intervals
    N c. a rapid ringing of the bell for five seconds at one-minute intervals
    N d. a sounding of the bell and gong at one-minute intervals

4653: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel showing this day-shape __________. (DIAGRAM 34 )

    N a. has a tow which exceeds 200 meters in length
    N b. is engaged in surveying or underwater work
    N c. is not under command
    Y d. is fishing

4691: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A 200-meter vessel is aground in fog. Which signal is optional?

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

6550: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND In a traffic separation scheme, when joining a traffic lane from the side, a vessel shall do so __________.

    Y a. at as small an angle as possible
    N b. as nearly as practical at right angles to the general direction of traffic flow
    N c. only in case of an emergency or to engage in fishing within the zone
    N d. never

8009: INTERNATIONAL ONLY You are underway on the high seas in restricted visibility. You hear a fog signal of one prolonged and two short blasts. It could be any of the following EXCEPT a vessel __________.

    N a. minesweeping
    N b. engaged in fishing
    N c. constrained by her draft
    Y d. being towed

8032: INTERNATIONAL ONLY Under what circumstances would an overtaking vessel sound a whistle signal of two prolonged followed by one short blast?

    N a. When overtaking in restricted visibility
    Y b. When overtaking in a narrow channel
    N c. When overtaking on open waters
    N d. When no other vessels are in the immediate area

8054: INTERNATIONAL ONLY Which statement applies to a vessel "constrained by her draft"?

    Y a. She is severely restricted in her ability to change her course because of her draft in relation to the available depth of water.
    N b. The term applies only to vessels in marked channels.
    N c. She is designated as a "vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver".
    N d. The vessel must be over 100 meters in length.

8127: INTERNATIONAL ONLY Which statement is TRUE, according to the Rules?

    N a. A vessel constrained by her draft shall keep out of the way of a vessel engaged in fishing.
    Y b. A vessel engaged in fishing while underway shall, so far as possible, keep out of the way of a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.
    N c. A vessel not under command shall avoid impeding the safe passage of a vessel constrained by her draft.
    N d. A vessel not under command shall keep out of the way of a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.