Boston Swan Boats to reopen at Boston Public Garden in May

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The Boston Swan Boats will reopen this year after not being cleared to open in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Kim Janey announced Thursday that the Swan Boats will open for the 2021 season at the Boston Public Garden Lagoon at 10 a.m. on May 8.

Last year was the first time that the Boston Swan Boats did not sail.

“For the first time in its history, this annual spring rite did not take place last year due to COVID-19 and the Paget family is happy to bring this tradition back to the public garden,” a press release said. .

Passengers will need to wear masks and will be socially distanced online and on ships.

This year is Swan Boats’ 144th season, the press release says. They were first launched in 1877 by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget.

The fourth generation of the Paget family continues to operate the business, which has become a symbol of the city of Boston.

“The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet has just celebrated its 111th season, while the most recent was launched in 1993,” according to the press release. “The swan on today’s boats is made of copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and contains a paddle mechanism that is used to propel the boat through the water.

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