A lightsaber, a pet dog and an elderly woman: The bizarre items left behind on a London Thames boat service revealed

  • A lost property audit by Thames Clippers has revealed extent of items
  • The list includes the obvious as well as the downright strange
  • Among the most unusual are banana costumes, relatives and false teeth

From adult banana costumes to a lightsaber and even an elderly lady, forgetful commuters have been leaving an array of items (and people) behind on boats, a lost property audit has revealed.  

River bus service, MBNA Thames Clippers has disclosed the bizarre array of items left behind on its vessels, which tour the River Thames in London. 

In the past year the company has had over 1,000 items of lost property handed in from its fleet of catamarans.

River bus service, MBNA Thames Clippers has unveiled the strange extent of its lost property audit that recorded all sort of unusual items abandoned on the vessels

River bus service, MBNA Thames Clippers has unveiled the strange extent of its lost property audit that recorded all sort of unusual items abandoned on the vessels

These items range from the usual suspects of lost umbrellas, hats and mobile phones to the mind-boggling abandonment of ageing relatives.

It’s easy to see why distracted passengers such as sightseeing tourists and rush hour commuters might leave behind small things that might have slipped to one side, but relatives and pet dogs aren’t so easily forgotten – one would think.

Some of the more baffling lost property items featured on their list were two microphones, false teeth, a telescope, two bikes, a lightsaber, a chimney brush, a metre-long sign that reads ‘Get Naked’, an autographed drum skin by Deep Purple and two adult banana costumes.

Some of the more baffling lost property includes a telescope, a chimney brush and two adult banana costumes

Further items included a microphone and a dog

A lightsaber was also found on board a boat - a sad loss perhaps for the Star Wars enthusiast who lost it

Some of the more baffling lost property includes: two microphones, false teeth, a telescope, two bikes, a lightsaber, a chimney brush, a metre-long sign that reads ‘Get Naked’, an autographed drum skin by Deep Purple, two adult banana costumes, a granny and a dog

Two bikes were also found as well as a metre-long sign that reads ‘Get Naked’

False teeth were located during the audit as well as a grandmother - but it's thought the two aren't linked

Sean Collins, Thames Clippers’ CEO and co-founder said of the haul: ‘In terms of lost property, we’ve seen it all.’

Some of the more typical lost items are recovered in large quantities, such as an astonishing 129 hats, 90 pairs of gloves and 41 pairs of sunglasses.

But some objects are less replaceable and rather costly such as the 45 purses/wallets, 35 bank cards, 27 Oyster cards, 24 cameras that have been located on board the boats.

All lost property reported to MBNA Thames Clippers is held for three months before being donated to charity.  

Thames Clippers operates a fleet of 15 high-speed catamarans and is used by over 3.8million people each year so it's hardly surprising so much is left either as a result of forgetfulness, inebriation or... on purpose

Thames Clippers operates a fleet of 15 high-speed catamarans and is used by over 3.8million people each year so it’s hardly surprising so much is left either as a result of forgetfulness, inebriation or… on purpose

Sean Collins, Thames Clippers’ CEO and co-founder said of the haul: ‘In terms of lost property, we’ve seen it all. You have to wonder how people manage to lose certain things but this list does make for an interesting read. 

‘We’re sure the pet dog was just enjoying his day out on the river too much to leave. 

‘We have a great team who manages to reunite many of these items with their owners – including family members and lightsabers!’

Thames Clippers operates a fleet of 15 high-speed catamarans and is used by over 3.8million people each year so it’s hardly surprising so much is left either as a result of forgetfulness, inebriation or on purpose.

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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