Tony Temple has written one ruin of a story about a “raid” on a The Duke of Lancaster, a beached and rotting former oppulance boat in Wales that for over 30 years had dark a value trove of classical arcade games inside a hold.

The ship, built in 1956 to pierce passengers around in style, was in 1970 converted to a automobile ferry, and her final blurb excursion was in 1978. In 1979 it was sole to an financier who wanted to spin it into “The Fun Ship”, and it was brought off a seashore of Llanerch-y-Mor, North Wales to be converted into a hulk floating hotel/bar/arcade/aquarium/fishing spot.

These desirous skeleton never came to fruition, and a boat only sat there, solemnly rusting in a elements for decades until in 2009 some civic explorers got in and took some photos that got a courtesy of a British arcade collectors scene.

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Turns out that “The Fun Ship” had a ton of extraordinary aged arcade machines sitting inside, some of them really rare, many of them in glorious condition. The owners of a boat was contacted, and arcade gourmet Oliver Moazzezi was partial of a tiny organisation authorised inside to consult a find. He shot this video:

After a lot of wrangling, some difficulty over mislaid phone numbers and afterwards a insane hasten for a crane—all while a really new trickle was melancholy to repairs a cabinets—the machines were saved.

So a net outcome was that one by one, over 50 classical arcade machines were saved, and a group pulled off what is deliberate a many brazen arcade raid ever carried out here in a UK. These cabs are now in a protected hands of collectors opposite Europe and are in a routine of being remade and restored. And this is a hint of a hobby – finding, rescuing and restoring these early games.

This was truly a time capsule. Every diversion that came out of a carcass of a boat was from around 1980/81 and no later. It was utterly a find to contend a least.

Read a full comment here, it’s such a cold story.

(via Super Punch)

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