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Duck Tour London

October 16th, 2017 · 4 Comments · General News, Geography, History, Learning Habits, Outdoors, Year 4

by Harriette, 4E

The other weekend I went with my family to experience one of the last ever London Duck Tours! Their business was due to close down the day after we went, so we were lucky to be able to go!

If you don’t know what the Duck Tour is, basically you start off driving around London looking at some of the sights, the bus then drives straight into the river Thames and sails along!

Our tour guide was really funny and he told us lots of things. The history of the amphibious “Duck Bus” bus was very interesting, the bus’s official name is DUKW, and they were originally used during World War II to transport soldiers and cargo from ships to land, especially when the docks had been destroyed. Our tour guide told us that they originally didn’t have roofs so were more boat-like and instead of being bright yellow, they were a brown / green colour.

The engine was so noisy, and when I watched the driver it also looked difficult to drive, especially through the busy streets of central London.

We drove passed the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, The Ritz hotel, Buckingham Palace, MI6, then we turned onto the slade (the slope down from the road) and splashed down into the River Thames! It was a bit scary just driving straight into a river! Once we were in the water we could see all the way up the river to The City with all its tall, shiny buildings. Then we turned around and sailed back. When we reached the slade we just drove straight out and set off back to our starting point!

It is such a shame that the tour doesn’t run anymore. I hope one day they start back up again – it was great fun!

Quack quack!!

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