Duck Tour / 波士頓鴨子游

History of Duck Boat

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. But how?

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 (see where we get the name?), the first “DUCK” was actually a GMC truck enclosed in a water-tight shell.

Duck boats has become a popular tourist detonation in Boston. In recent years, duck boats have carried Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics coaches and players during rolling rallies to celebrate the championships they have won.
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Red Sox players on a duck boat during a rolling rally on Nov. 2, 2013 (photo by David Li).

Tickets can be purchased at Prudential Center or Museum of Science. The following is ticket prices for 2013. More info can be found at: bostonducktours.com




PRUDENTIAL CENTER TOUR
Pricing:
$33.99 Adults
$27.99 Students (ages 12 and up), Seniors (62 and up), and Military
$22.99 Children (ages 3 to 11)
$10.50 Children (under 3 including infants
Duration 80 Minutes

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE TOUR
Pricing:
$33.99 Adults
$27.99 Students (ages 12 and up), Seniors (62 and up), and Military
$22.99 Children (ages 3 to 11)
$10.50 Children (under 3 including infants)
Duration 80 Minutes
波士頓鴨子游的門票可以在普天壽大樓(PRUDENTIAL CENTER)或科學博物館購買。2013年的票價為10.5美元到34美元不等,早上10點鐘之前訂票可以享受九折優惠。

我的波士頓鴨子游
(作者:樓蘭)

波士頓以美國第一個大城市而聞名,還具有歷史上的很多第一。「鴨子游」(Duck Tour)也是在這首創的,就是利用二戰時期的水路兩用登陸艇改裝成旅遊觀光車,載著遊客從市內街道游到查爾斯河面。記得是多年前「鴨子游」公司剛創立時,我曾受老闆邀請帶著女兒作為首批乘客來體驗這水路兩棲觀光的滋味。歲月流逝,如今這類廢物利用舊軍車改裝的旅遊車在美國很多地方都流行了,但波士頓的「鴨子」還以「首創第一」聞名,外來遊客都慕名而來體會一下呢。
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最近陪幾位國內來的客人,又乘坐了一回「鴨子」。這是上車站,這就是當年的兩棲軍用運兵車,據說是二戰期間美國婦女們製造的呢。眼下類似的鴨子在波士頓恐怕有數十隻了。




鴨子的駕駛員兼導遊都幽默風趣妙語連珠,我們的司機小夥子是波士頓籃球隊賽爾特人的鐵杆粉絲,身穿該隊的球衣。車頂上有救生衣,因為要水上游,這是必備的安全設備。在其他地方真發生過鴨車沉沒造成傷亡的事故呢。

駛過波士頓市區的街道。儘管美國歷史短暫,但東北部算是最有歷史的地方,波士頓盡量保護古老的建築。這是考百利廣場(Copley Square)的古老三一教堂輝映著現代派的恆康大廈。

麻州政府大廈,屋頂是真金的奧!這是數百年前造的,如今美國老百姓可不允許政府部門這麼揮霍了。新州長想重新裝修辦公室,都被選民們大扁了一通呢。聽說中國如今有些縣份上都修「白宮」,美國人民那個暈啊!

司機問:路上的車收起輪子變成什麼?多數乘客說「船」,司機說不對,是「鴨子」——旱鴨子變水鴨子。下水啦,跟對面駛來的鴨子招招手。

查爾斯河流過波士頓和劍橋之間,鴨子暢遊在寬闊的河面上,請小朋友們也過過當船長的癮。記得十多年前帶女兒乘坐鴨子處女航時,當時不到十歲的女兒也開過一把鴨子船,是最早的小船長之一,其後讓孩子水上駕駛就成為「鴨子游」的傳統。

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