In our recent article about Fantasia Gardens, I brought up the Plaza Swan Boats. If you read the linked articles about the Magic Kingdom attraction, which operated from 1973 to 1983, you might have noticed that while the ride was still in the park, one of the individual ride vehicles had been converted into a maintenance barge to help clean the park’s waterways at night. The so-called “Waterway Vacuum Boat” would do just that – make use of vacuums to clear debris from the water.
By total coincidence, I’ve come across this photo from 1978 that shows the Vacuum Boat in action; this is the first time I’ve seen a picture of it.
I’ve no idea if it’s still operational – do any of our Cast Member readers know?