Swan Boats Aug. 14, 2007

from Boston Behind the Scenes· ·

For this episode, I took a stroll in the Public Garden – and a ride on the Swan Boats. The Swan Boats have been around almost as long as the Public Garden has, and through four generations, the Paget family and their crews have paddled around the lagoon pushing people from all over the world on [...]



Swan BoatFor this episode, I took a stroll in the Public Garden – and a ride on the Swan Boats.

The Swan Boats have been around almost as long as the Public Garden has, and through four generations, the Paget family and their crews have paddled around the lagoon pushing people from all over the world on a leisurely, human-powered ride.

Of course, the boats and their drivers have figured prominently in many stories – the two most famous ones are probably Make Way for Ducklings and The Trumpet of the Swan – but they have stories of their own. To hear a few of them, I visited Lyn Paget – the current owner of the fleet – on their dock in the Public Garden.