Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

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My recent photographs have been centred on Liverpool so I thought I would just share this bit of history with you, before I moved on.

On our exploration of Liverpool, I was surprised to see this strange vehicle heading towards us and quickly took a photograph! It turned out to be the approach of the Yellow Duckmarine.

This strange vehicle was an authentic World War II landing vehicle which was converted to be a tour vehicle.

On the road, Ducks travelled a circular route along Liverpool's historic waterfront and through the City taking in the major sites including The Pier Head, The Three Graces, St. George's Hall, the Cathedrals and many other places of interest. This part of the tour lasted approximately 30 minutes, returning to the Albert Dock where our Ducks dramatically drove straight from the road down the main slipway into the Salthouse Dock where a thirty minute tour of the docklands ensued.

Sadly, the craft ran into problems, not fulfilling safety standards after it sank in the docks and 31 passengers had to be rescued. After a second sinking a report found the Ducks did not have the quantity of buoyancy foam required to provide the "mandated level of residual buoyancy".

So, this now becomes a historical photograph of a craft no longer in operation! But I'm glad I saw it!

Thanks for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9399 W: 371 N: 21768] (85576)
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