Unique Record Store Canal Boat SUNK in Manchester Canals

Rubber Ducky Records, a unique record shop on a canal boat docked in the town of Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, has sunk. The unfortunate news was broken by founder Myles Greenwood via Instagram on April 21st. According to Greenwood, the boat sank while heading into Manchester after its propeller got caught on a rug/mattress, breaking the stern gland. Although Greenwood managed to save three or four boxes of records, the rest of the stock and equipment was submerged.

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Fortunately, Greenwood escaped unscathed, but the damage to the shop is “pretty bad.” It is unclear when the operation will be back up and running, but Greenwood reassured his customers that he hasn’t given up.

Greenwood, who previously worked at now-closed Swiss record store Legram Vinyl Garden, launched Rubber Ducky Records last October. The record shop, which operated out of a canal boat, quickly gained popularity among vinyl collectors and music enthusiasts.

The news of Rubber Ducky Records sinking has come as a shock to many fans of the shop, who praised its unique concept and extensive collection of vinyl records. The shop was due to run a stall at The Pickle Factory’s new vinyl fair, but it’s unclear if this will still go ahead.

After the incident, a rescue mission was carried out to drain the canal and float the boat. With the help of friends and strangers, the boat was pulled by rope a few locks down the canal to safety. The incident is a setback for Rubber Ducky Records, but fans of the shop remain hopeful that it will rise again.

Rubber Ducky Records, a unique record shop on a canal boat docked in the town of Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, has sunk. The unfortunate news was broken by founder Myles Greenwood via Instagram on April 21st. According to Greenwood, the boat sank while heading into Manchester after its propeller got caught on a rug/carpet, breaking the stern gland. Although Greenwood managed to save three or four boxes of records, the rest of the stock and equipment was submerged.

Fortunately, Greenwood escaped unscathed, but the damage to the shop is “pretty bad.” It is unclear when the operation will be back up and running, but Greenwood reassured his customers that he hasn’t given up.

Greenwood, who previously worked at now-closed Swiss record store Legram Vinyl Garden, launched Rubber Ducky Records last October. The record shop, which operated out of a canal boat, quickly gained popularity among vinyl collectors and music enthusiasts.

The news of Rubber Ducky Records sinking has come as a shock to many fans of the shop, who praised its unique concept and extensive collection of vinyl records. The shop was due to run a stall at The Pickle Factory’s new vinyl fair, but it’s unclear if this will still go ahead.

After the incident, a rescue mission was carried out to drain the canal and float the boat. With the help of friends and strangers, the boat was pulled by rope a few locks down the canal to safety. The incident is a setback for Rubber Ducky Records, but fans of the shop are donating to Myles’ GoFundMe page remain hopeful that it will rise again.



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