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#292013 - 13th Feb 2009 11:11pm Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft
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#292015 - 13th Feb 2009 11:27pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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If that were there now I'd lov e to go on it

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#292022 - 13th Feb 2009 11:57pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: Wheels]
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ye me too mate. would be good to have it back.

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#292101 - 14th Feb 2009 2:37pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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My mum went on its maiden voyage, and was given a boxed commemerative model. Dont know if she still has it, have to have a mooch about!!
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#292108 - 14th Feb 2009 3:04pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: hoseman]
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first hovercraft in the country i believe but i think it went from leasowe moreton shore and not wallasey.

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#292118 - 14th Feb 2009 4:22pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: pacef8]
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Couple of photos

I remember being there on day 1, watching the machine leave.
I have a First Day Cover stamp set for the occasion

My recollection is that the service was actually the first commercial hovercraft service in the world.

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#587208 - 22nd Sep 2011 12:24pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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Moreton-Rhyl hovercraft. I remember running down to the shore to watch this. It was new technology in its day

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#588637 - 25th Sep 2011 10:42am Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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#588689 - 25th Sep 2011 12:29pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: pablo42]
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If my memory serves me correctly, this service was originally supposed to start from the bottom of Stanley Road in Hoylake--Red Rocks but I assume the good residents of Stanley Road objected to the expected increase in traffic!!!
The starting point then being changed to Leasowe embankment.


Edited by Mike_Scott (25th Sep 2011 12:30pm)

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#588701 - 25th Sep 2011 1:06pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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The hovercraft was always intended to start from hoylake but was moved to the leasowe embankment.

http://www.wirralhistory.net/hovercraft.html


Edited by red_devil (25th Sep 2011 1:08pm)

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#588882 - 25th Sep 2011 7:45pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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The YouTube film is a great clip of the 1962 VA3 service but at 0.12 to 0.28 an SR N6 craft is shown at Fort Perch Rock. This was SR N6-022 (GH-2010)in October 1972. The craft was just back from Canada, by ship to Liverpool, and the opportunity to have trials in the area was taken (Hovertravel Ltd). In 1974 the same craft operated from Southport to Blackpool.

British United Airways operated VA3-001 in 1962 and the company chairman at the time was Freddie Laker.

I have only just found this forum and have been interested in hovercraft since 1962 and have a decent collection of philatelic items, postcards, photos etc. of hovercraft around the world.

1962 sees the 50th anniversary of the Rhyl-Wallasey operation which was the first passenger hovercraft service in the world. Surely there must be some sort of commemoration? Wirral Council think not! No surprise there then!!

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#588911 - 25th Sep 2011 8:24pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: Hoverken]
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Perhaps the people at Fort Perch Rock Museum could be persuaded to hold some kind of commemorative exhibition in 2012?

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#589317 - 26th Sep 2011 4:48pm Re: Wallasey - Rhyl Hovercraft [Re: ]
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An approach has been made. Watch this space!!
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