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Albany, N.Y. -- At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, the Albany Aqua Ducks head out to Splashdown into the Hudson River to lead a flotilla welcoming renowned British expeditionary Richard Harpham and fellow adventurer/photographer Glen Charles. On board the Ducks will be a group of fourth grade students and Education Coordinator at the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau Carol Ann Margolis. The two kayakers are traveling 500 miles from Buffalo's historic Erie Canal Harbor to the Statue of Liberty, a journey that began on May 1 and ends on May 21. They are kayaking along the Erie Canal and through its 36 locks. The Ducks will meet the adventurers on the river at approximately 11 a.m. at the Patroon Island Bridge and will lead a flotilla to the I-787 boat launch at the Corning Preserve. There will be a press conference at 11:30 a.m. at the boat launch. The kayakers will then leave for their next stop, the Coxsackie Yacht Club. The kayak adventure of Harpham and Charles is called "New York State's Spare Seat Kayak Expedition." The public is invited to share a seat in one of the kayaks for portions of the journey. The two men are also carrying a container of water taken from the Erie Canal and plan to pour it into the Hudson River, symbolically linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Their journey is sponsored by the New York State Division of Tourism's UK office. The trip started at the Buffalo Inner Harbor and travels along the Erie Canal and onto the Hudson River, before ending at the Statue of Liberty. The journey is being photographed and filmed, and hosted on a dedicated website with social media feeds to promote travel to New York's waterways. http://bit.ly/IHBDvi About the Ducks and Trolleys The Albany Aqua Ducks, established in 2004, operate the only amphibious tour company in New York State. In 2006, they added three trolleys to their fleet, offering additional opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the New York's Capital City. The Aqua Ducks offer daily 90-minute, guided tours of Albany that include a land excursion through its historic districts, with a "Splashdown" that gives a mariner's view of the city's skyline from the Hudson River. They have welcomed more than 175,000 guests. Departing from the Albany Visitor Center in QUACKenbush Square, Albany Aqua Ducks transport guests in U.S. Coast Guard certified, state-of-the-art HYDRA-TERRA amphibious vehicles that travel on a unique, educational and fun-filled tour of Albany's historic areas. The vehicle then becomes a vessel as it splashes into the Hudson River or reservations or more information, contact the Ducks at 518-462-3825 or visit http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/.