Wednesday 18 August 2021

London Duck Tours

1944 DUKW "Titania" (RSL602) turning right into Parliament Square while on a tour
London Duck Tours is a sightseeing company that had been operating a fleet of former World War Two American built amphibious GMC DUKWs around London since 2002, including a sail along the River Thames as part of their tour. Unfortunately the slipway that the company used to access the river was compulsorily purchased by Thames Water in September 2017, as it was needed for construction of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel (a large super sewer). The loss of their slipway at Vauxhall prevented London Duck Tours from being able to operate on the Thames anymore, and their fleet of vintage DUKWs had to be put into storage until such a time in the future that the slipway becomes available again, possibly in 2022. At the time that these photographs were taken in December 2015, the DUKWs were already over 70 years old and still in daily use.

1943 DUKW "Beatrice" (ESL660) on a tour in Parliament Square
1944 DUKW "Miranda" (157YUF) crossing Westminster Bridge on a tour

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