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MAN OVERBOARD – Oh it’s OK, it’s just a rubber duck! Or is it a Lego Octopus!

Rubber duck and tall ships, and Lego octopus

Over the last few week’s I have been following a Facebook Page about Lego lost at sea and the places that it has washed ashore.  The Lego pieces were being carried by the Tokyo Express, which was hit by a huge wave, washing 62 containers overboard, 20 miles off the Cornish coast in 1997 – 18 years ago.  This resulted in nearly 5 million Lego pieces, that were being shipped to New York, falling into the sea!  Ironically the pieces that were lost at sea were mainly of a sea theme – such things as oars, air tanks and scuba gear (97,500), octopus (4,200), life rafts, flippers (418,000), ships rigging (26,400), life preservers (26,600)… along with 33,000 dragons, 353,000 daisys, plus some other bits and pieces of Lego. Now these pieces have slowly been coming ashore at different places across the world and there have been recent finds (i.e. as at the beginning of March 2015) in France, the Channel Islands, Netherlands, the USA, as well as along the coast of Cornwall.  There has even been a report of a flipper, believed to have been from the Tokyo Express, found in Melbourne!  Continue reading