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A sign of spring, Swan Boats ready to return

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 18, 2013 12:01 PM

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While Boston braces for another snowstorm to finish off its winter weather, the city is already looking forward to its iconic Swan Boats gliding across the Public Garden Lagoon.

Boston’s fleet of Swan Boats will migrate back to the lagoon Saturday, April 13, to spend the spring and summer looping around the water.

While locals and tourists may be eager to mark the start of spring with a ride, the first trip will have a passenger list full of elementary school students.

Students from the Ellis Mendell Elementary School in Roxbury and the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan will take the first ride at 10 a.m. with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The students are drawing pictures of the swan boats in their art classes and their work will be displayed at Boston City Hall for four weeks beginning April 22.

This year’s launch marks the 137th season of the Swan Boats, which were first launched in 1877 by English immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget.

Paget was inspired by the opera Lohengrin in which the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan.

His family still owns and operates the Swan Boats.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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