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Explorers uncover classic arcade games on abandoned ship

Published 10:14 AM ET, Thu June 2, 2016
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Oliver Moazzezi discovered a treasure trove of vintage arcade machine games on the lower deck of a disused ship. The Duke of Lancaster, a vast 4,000 ton cruise liner lays beached on a river bank in the town of Mostyn, north east Wales, UK. With the help of fellow arcade machine enthusiasts, Moazzezi set about rescuing the abandoned machines. These classic fruit machines have a distinctive walnut colored frontage. ukvac.com
"Wow" "Power!" Just two of the exclamations which adorn the Ground Shaker pinball machine. The machine sits back to back with a blue pinball machine in a room that is stripped bare of any previous decoration. ukvac.com
A blue sky makes a sharp contrast to the rusty exterior of the Duke of Lancaster ship. Who would ever guess what treasures lay within! ukvac.com
Back inside the cruise liner, the blue Vintage Time Warp pinball machine looks tempting enough but is unplugged and definitely out of action. ukvac.com
Colorful front display of an old two player arcade machine. One can only guess at the fun each player must have had playing on this very vintage of arcade machines. ukvac.com
In another area on the lower deck of the ship, several ageing arcade machines are heaped into a gloomy corner looking pretty unloved. But not for long! ukvac.com
Galaxy Wars and Space Invaders Part II machines jostle for space. "It was great to see Space Invaders again", Oliver Moazzezi told CNN. ukvac.com
"The oldest machines are very obscure, such as Meadows Gypsy Juggler and ten pin bowling games, Exidy SideTrak and TailGunner 2. There were games everyone knows of course, Space Invaders, a Missile Command, Battlezone machines and Atari Asteroids machines", Maozzezi told CNN. These machines are in a state of disrepair but are among those that have been brought to life by avid collectors. ukvac.com
Interior of the once luxury cruise liner was carpeted with plush red velvet chairs. The liner had a restaurant and cinema as well as the arcade games. ukvac.com
"It's a time warp, food and drink is still in the pantry from 30 years ago", said Oliver Moazzezi. This menu shows a daily chicken dinner meal for a modest price of £1.35. ukvac.com
The artwork on the side of this old arcade machine hints at the inter-galactic action the player can expect to encounter. Each of the arcade games were painstakingly removed with the help of a crane. The crane delivered them safely to dry land. ukvac.com