Monday, 17 June 2013

Ducks on the Mersey

Have you like me always wanted to experience a flight in some of the iconic WW II equipment. Who could turn down the chance of a flight in a spitfire or hurricane. I admit that I might turn my nose up at trying out a flight in one of the old WW II parachutes. Whilst I don't exactly have a bucket list of things to do. I have over the years done a few things that might well have been included on a list. One of my most enjoyable experiences was going to see the Tall Ships on the River Mersey whilst stood outside the iconic Liver building. The City of Liverpool, has its historic waterfront built around some of the most famous dockland buildings in the world. Liverpool is steeped in maritime tradition and was the port of entry and departure for countless numbers of people. 

One thing that I had intended experiencing in Liverpool was the 'Duckmarines' that operate in the docks. Consisting of authentic World War II amphibious landing vehicles. (I remember coming across one that had been abandoned, floating along in the middle of the sea many years ago) The ducks are used to provide the visitor with a unique and unforgeable experience. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were passengers in one of them during their Diamond Jubilee tour.

The Yellow Duckmarine website prophetically says. 'Your hour-long trip begins on the road, taking in the historic waterfront, touring the famous sights of the City, then making a dramatic 'SPLASHDOWN' in the Salthouse Dock. It's the start of an amazing dockland adventure, ending at the Albert Dock. It's a trip you'll never forget!'
Narrowboats come to the rescue

A recent incident where one of the 'ducks' sank has certainly provided for some unfortunate visitors 'a trip that they will never forget.' The sudden sinking left people in the water and I am pleased to say that there were no lives lost. With both narrowboats and dockside staff swiftly coming to the passengers aid and in typical maritime tradition rendering their assistance. Everyone was safely rescued from the water. In all 28 people were led to safety from the vessel, including a baby whose mother held her above the water on the roof of the sinking craft.


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