Playmobil Atlantic Crossing Attempt Reaches Barbados

By Gary Cutlack on at

A dad threw his children's Playmobil pirate ship in the sea. We've all been there, but this was not in a rage about the stupid noises it makes; the toy ship is off on a journey of discovery.

The Playmobil ship was first modified by dad MacNeill Ferguson, who added polystyrene to keep it afloat and a weight to ensure it stayed upright, along with a GPS transmitter so him and his kids could watch it sail away. It first floated from the coast of Aberdeenshire to Scandinavia, where it was successfully retrieved and sent off again from the west of Africa on a trans-Atlantic voyage. There is some serious dad money being invested in this little parental bonding exercise.

The family thought the ship was lost when it recently ceased transmitting, but after a week of radio silence its GPS pings were received again, showing it was somewhere in the vicinity of Barbados. The problem, though, is that its batteries might be going flat. Ferguson is appealing for local help, telling the BBC: "If anyone in the area or vessels can help please get in touch. Those batteries need recharged. It's just a USB port, as long as she is floating and recharged she will be fine."

If you or a rich relative are in the vicinity of the Lesser Antilles, the precise location of the vessel can be found via the family's online tracker. [BBC]