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By adamg - 4/7/24 - 1:01 pm
Swanboat sections heading north past Jamaica Pond

Some Swan Boat sections made their way north on Pond Street by Jamaica Pond yesterday afternoon. The Swan Boats are scheduled to return to their leisurely tours of the Public Garden lagoon on Saturday.

Also headed north yesterday - but in Jamaica Pond - was one of the pond's muskrats, on the Parkman Drive side: Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:38 am
Swan Boat in early part of the 20th century

A Swan Boat around 1900. See it larger.

WBUR talks to folks in the Public Garden about their return.

Photo of a Swan Boat taken between 1900 and 1906. In the Library of Congress collection.

By adamg - 5/2/21 - 3:59 pm

The Swan boats formally return to the Public Garden lagoon this Saturday - good news for both visitors and for ducks - which will face a reduced risk of death from toxins released by microorganisms that are normally kept at bay by the boats' paddling.

By adamg - 8/18/20 - 10:19 pm

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department reports it started draining the Public Garden Lagoon today to try to rid it of toxic grossness that has spawned several 311 complaints about dead ducks. Read more.

By adamg - 7/15/20 - 12:34 pm

The Paget family, which has run the Swan Boats in the Public Garden for decades, announces they've called off the entire 2020 season after concluding there's just no way to keep riders and employees safe in the current Covid-19 environment.

By adamg - 4/12/19 - 9:06 am
Swans from Public Garden Swan Boats on the grass

Catboston caught the swans from the Swan Boats on the Public Garden grass yesterday. They formally launch in the lagoon at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

By adamg - 4/13/17 - 9:40 am
Swan Boat swans on the grass in the Public Garden

Charley A shows us some of the swans waiting to be re-attached to their platforms for paddling around the Public Garden Lagoon.

By adamg - 4/12/17 - 9:24 am
Swan Boats return to the Public Garden

Charley A couldn't help but notice the return of the Swan Boats this morning from their winter nesting grounds.

By adamg - 9/20/16 - 1:19 pm
Swan Boats on their way out for the season

You know fall's here when the Swan Boats go away. Penny Cherubino watched them being disassembled today for winter storage.

By adamg - 4/19/15 - 11:19 am
Swan Boats back in the Public Garden Lagoon in Boston

617 Images captured the Swan Boats back in the Public Garden Lagoon yesterday.

By adamg - 9/18/14 - 9:05 am
Public Garden Swan Boats at night

JB Parrett spent some time looking at the Swan Boats at night (he reports: "20-second exposure, camera placed on the stones at the pond's edge").

By adamg - 8/21/14 - 9:38 pm
Swan Lake on Swan Boats

JB Parrett was among those who watched Boston Ballet's Swan Lake on Swan Boats in the Public Garden this afternoon.

By adamg - 9/18/12 - 12:21 pm

Swan Boats on their way out

Workers were busy today putting disassembled Swan Boats on a flatbed truck for the trip to wherever it is they store them for the winter.

By adamg - 8/22/12 - 10:44 am
Charlie on a Swan Boat
Charlie's suit

Charlie came to life today, ambling about town to promote Charlie Cards and the new air-conditioned Charlie service center at Downtown Crossing.

By adamg - 8/27/11 - 11:27 am

Yes, the Swan Boats: Canceled today and tomorrow due to Irene.

By adamg - 6/22/06 - 10:38 pm

Dave Pye can see the Swan Boats from his office window:

... They're having a cool dip, with exotic women from countries all over the world sitting in their laps, and I'm stapled to a desk writing emails about search engine optimization. ...

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