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Ferries in New England

Dec. 12, 1934: The Nantasket Steamboat Lines, the oldest excursion steamship company in the country, celebrated its 123d birthday in 1934. The fleet included the Allerton, Pemberton, Plymouth, Mayflower, and the Nantasket, seen here. The boats ferried daily between Boston and Nantasket Beach with large crowds bound for the seaside or for Paragon Park, the largest amusement park in New England.
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Dec. 12, 1934: The Nantasket Steamboat Lines, the oldest excursion steamship company in the country, celebrated its 123d birthday in 1934. The fleet included the Allerton, Pemberton, Plymouth, Mayflower, and the Nantasket, seen here. The boats ferried daily between Boston and Nantasket Beach with large crowds bound for the seaside or for Paragon Park, the largest amusement park in New England.

With summer on the way, many New Englanders will board ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
But the region has seen many other ferries, large and small, that operated year-round. Several still ply
their routes, while others ended service as times changed.

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In the above photo, from Dec. 12, 1934, The Nantasket Steamboat Lines, the oldest excursion steamship company in the country celebrated its 123d birthday. The fleet included the Allerton, Pemberton, Plymouth, Mayflower, and the Nantasket, seen here. The boats ferried daily between Boston and Nantasket Beach with large crowds bound for the seaside or for Paragon Park, the largest amusement park in New England. Click here to see the full gallery.

LANE TURNER and LISA TUITE

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