The beloved Swan Boats will kick off their new season on Saturday, May 8!
Great news Bostonians, our beloved Swan Boats will be cruising through the Public Garden pond once more! After a year of being kept out of the water due to COVID-19, the iconic barges will be returning to the pond this coming Saturday, May 8.
For the first time in their 143-year history, the famous Swan Boats were kept out of the Public Garden lagoon due to COVID-19 but thankfully for us, the Paget family is bringing back this annual rite of spring for its 144th season.
The Swan Boats were first created in 1877 by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget, and his family continues to operate the business nowadays. Paget found inspiration for his barges after attending the opera Lohengrin in NYC, at the end of which the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan. This year, the oldest and smallest boat in the fleet will be celebrating its 111th season, while the newest was launched in 1993.
The swan on each boat is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and hides a paddle mechanism that is used to foot propel the boat through the water. “Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and is powered by the driver using a foot-propelled paddle wheel,” reads the mayor’s statement. “The Swan Boats are built on oak framed pontoons sheathed in copper just as they were initially constructed in 1877.”
The new season will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. according to acting Mayor Kim Janey’s office and will be operating under strict COVID rules. Masks will be required to board the boats and guests will be safely spaced both while waiting in line and riding the vessels.
For more information, you can visit the Swan Boats of Boston website call 617-522-1966, or email them at email@example.com.
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