What the duck is that?!

London Duck Tours boat on the River Thames

While we were walking along the Thames the other day we were more than a little surprised (and amused) to witness a boat with wheels driving down a slipway into the river, just southeast of the MI6 building.

The amphibious vehicle was from the London Ducktours company, which waddles its way around London, through the streets and on the river; we were passed by one at Trafalgar Square later on.

It amused us as we walked along the riverside, as we were able to walk at about the same pace that it was travelling up the Thames. And not least because it was sitting very low in the water:

Close up of Duck Tours boat, which looks like it is sinking

Is this a boat just sitting very low in the water, or is it sinking? Come to think of it, is it a boat on a river or a minibus on a very flooded street?

We didn’t go on one, but it did look like quite an ingenious way to see London from both the street and river levels.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “What the duck is that?!”

  1. Ah the Duck tour. I went on the Duck tour in Boston, USA a few years ago. It is quite an odd way to see a city – the ‘Duck’ (an old military amphibious vehicle that used to have a codename something like DWCK) looks like an out of place boat when its on land, and an out of place minibus when its on/in the water. In Boston, they have the locals well trained and many people on the streets will make quacking noises as the Ducks pass…

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