DUCK BOAT – Crusing on Land & Sea!
One can drive a Duck Boat on land like an normal vehicle and cruises it in water as a boat. Yes thats right, Duck Boats are a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck which were used during World War II & now they are put at good use & widely used to promote tourism..
During the early days of World War ll, the allies were faced with a tough tactical problem: how could they unload cargo and men from their ships in places where the dock facilities had been destroyed or simply did not exist? The answer was to unload cargo directly over the beach.
The demands of war, along with technical know-how and old fashioned Yankee ingenuity combined to create the perfect solution: a vehicle that was half boat and half truck that could run on land and water. Code-named DUKW, the first “DUCK” was actually a GMC truck enclosed in a water-tight shell. These amphibious vehicles played an important role in both the European and Pacific theaters of the war.
The DUKW was the first vehicle to allow the driver to vary the tire pressure from inside the cab, an accomplishment of Speir’s device. The tires could be fully inflated for hard surfaces such as roads and less inflated for softer surfaces—especially beach sand. This added to the DUKW’s great versatility as an amphibious vehicle. This feature is now standard on many military vehicles.
DUKWs are still in use, as well as purpose-built amphibious tour buses, primarily as tourist transport in harbor and river cities, including but not limited to: Seattle, Philadelphia, Chattanooga, Boston, Branson, Missouri, London, Liverpool, Dublin, Ireland, Rotorua, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Singapore. One well-established tour operator in the United States is Ride the Ducks..