View Full Version : Seen any rubber ducks ??

07-26-2003, 02:48 PM
With all this cold water around, we should be able to get in some duck hunting !

This from:


England braces for rubber duck invasion
Saturday, July 26, 2003 Posted: 2:37 PM EDT (1837 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- An armada of small, faded yellow toy ducks is expected to make landfall in Britain within weeks at the end of an epic 11-year voyage from the Pacific Ocean.

They are the survivors of a consignment of 29,000 bath toys washed overboard from a container ship in 1992 that have since floated across the ocean, round the United States, through the Arctic and past Greenland.

Most of the remnants of the fading flotilla are now heading down the eastern seaboard of the United States, although a breakaway group has been spotted heading for Britain, the company that made the ducks said on Friday.

"We hope people will have fun looking for them and look forward to tracking them when they finally come ashore," Clive Wooster of The First Years company said.

"These amazing little ducks are becoming much sought after. In parts of the world they have actually become cult collectors' items," he added.

The U.S-based company is offering a reward of $100 in savings bonds to anyone who finds a duck in New England -- with the monetary equivalent in Canada and Iceland -- but only a signed certificate to the finders of the first 250 in Britain.