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December 12, 1934: The Nantasket Steamboat Lines, the oldest excursion steamship company in the country, celebrated its 123rd 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. Gathered here is a small selection of the diverse fleet that ferried us across rivers, harbors, and open water. - Lane Turner and Lisa Tuite