Posts Tagged ‘dukw’

Peking DUKW! The Best Way to Visit Chinatown is by WWII-Era Amphibious Truck

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Pick Your Duck and then go for a ride.

Through Chinatown if necessary.

“The name DUKW comes from the model naming terminology used by GMC; the“D” indicates a vehicle designed in 1942, the “U” meant “utility (amphibious)”, the “K” indicated all-wheel drive and the “W”indicated two powered rear axles.”

(The “D” stands for 1942? Of course! Why couldn’t I have figured that one out?)

Our Peking Duck takes Grant (nee Dupont) Avenue:

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But be sure to bail out quickly when your duck starts to go down during the water portion of the tour – more than a few tourists have been dragged down to a wat’ry grave by poorly maintained vehicles. The after-market canopies are surprisingly hard to escape from. Oh well.

Anyway, quack quack.

The Crazy Duck Tour Boats of San Francisco

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

This is what it looks like when the Peking Duck (or DUKW) ventures onto land in Union Square.

Read all about our Bay Quackers vs. Ride the Ducks war here.

And, rest assured, all those safety problems got the once-over, so the scary lack of freeboard and big canopy shouldn’t be too much trouble.

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Or you can always take a taxi instead.