The Quiz with Rubens the Cat Rubens has some questions for you! Help Rubens to find the solution word! It’s made up of the letters corresponding to the correct answers. Question 1 Cats love climbing trees. What were trees like this one used for in shipping in the past? C. For the ship’s cats to climb. They were put under deck and were specially put there for the ship’s cats so that they could recover from mousing. L. As material for ship building. Trees were specially planted for the building of sailing boats in order to protect the natural forests. M. As firewood for the ship’s cook. It was cooked under deck so the crew had always enough to eat. The ship’s cook was the most important man on board! Question 2 Cats are nosy. Which strange device is it? I. The engine-room telegraph. It was used for informing the engine room crew how fast the Captain wanted to sail. A. The steering wheel on a container ship. With the help of the lever it is much easier to control as with the huge wheels from former times. E. A ticket vending machine of an old ferry. Simply choose with help of the lever where you would like to sail to and the right ticket is going to be printed. Question 3 Hey! What are you doing here? M. I am from the fire brigade. If a fire breaks out in the port, I will help! B. I am captain of a supertanker. My yellow clothing is mandatory on a tanker like this because it is very dark under deck. G. I am a dock worker. In the cabin of my loading crane (“gantry crane”) I take care that container ships unload on time. By the way, the cabin is called “crab” or “trolley” – in Germany we also call it “Katze” (“cat”). Question 4 The journey starts! But where did people build such strange-looking boats? N. Here on the banks of the Elbe river. In the past farmers sailed with fresh fruits and vegetables across the river to the market in the city. H. On the Titicaca lake in Southern America. The lake is located so high up in the mountains that no timber is growing there. Therefore, the Indians built their boats there out of reeds. D. In Lithuania. Boat races take place on the river Memel on Midsummer’s Day. They paddle in a team of two. Question 5 Look, a real Viking! His name was Leif Erikson. What was he famous for? T. He was the first European that discovered America. He sailed from Greenland westwards and found a beautiful land with wild wine growing there. E. He was the inventor of Viking ships. Thanks to these ships the brave men from the North could go on their expeditions. H. He was the first Viking who became a Christian. Hence, he removed the horns from the helmet in order to look less grimly.Question 6 Hey, it’s not what it looks like! I am just sitting here! But what is the bucket used for? E. It is a powder bucket. With the help of it a ship’s boy used to carry the powder from the powder magazine to the cannons. H. It’s a bucket of extinguishing water. While shooting the ship cannons fires could break out easily because of the powder residues and flying sparks and had to be extinguished quickly. I. It really is a bucket for peeing. And now look away!Question 7 From up here I can directly look into your eyes. But the thing I have just been climbing up to looks mysteriously. What is it? O. A periscope of a submarine. With its help it was possible to search from a submerged submarine for other ships on the surface of the sea. A. A climbing pole from the engine room of the “Imperator”. In the past machines were as big as houses and the machinists had to be able to climb quickly to all areas of the machine. R. A measuring device. With its help a seaman could measure the pressure of a hot steam boiler from a safe distance.Question 8 Here is the captain! Tell us, Kuddel, where are you standing in? There is no rain in the museum. S. It is the tent of a polar researcher. It is from the German Neumeyer-Station in the Antarctica. N. It is a rain shelter as it is still used on small, open fishing boats on the French west coast today. U. It is a self-inflating life raft. It is carried on board of ships and is lowered into the water in case of emergency. Question 9 Wow, someone has caught a big mouse! Or was it a sea monster? R. It was a sea iguana from the age of the dinosaurs. This animal was called mosasaur and looked like a huge crocodile. S. These are the bones of different whale species and other marine mammals. T. It is from the Steller’s sea cow, a very big and extinct species of sea mammals. Question 10 Shall I catch the little bird? No, I won’t do that as I am a good cat. But what do you think where I am here? E. On board of an out of Lego bricks built Queen Mary 2. It is more than seven metres long and full of surprises for young and old alike. S. In our model workshop where our model builders are currently renovating a test model from a ship model basin. R. In the climbing paradise for cats. Here our visitors can leave their cats for the durations of their museum visit. Time is Up!