A swing boat, colloquially known as a "shuggy boat" in the north east of England, is a fairground ride in which pairs of riders pull ropes to swing back and forth.
Swing boats were one of the earliest fairground rides, common in the Victorian era. The Beamish open-air museum in the north of England features an example from the 1830s, named "Skylark". The boats were originally powered by hand, but steam-driven versions began to be introduced in the 1880s.
Examples of Victorian-style manually-operated swing boats are still popular and are generally seen in travelling "period" fairs.
- "All the Fun of the Fair". BBC Cymru. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- Carters Steam Fair: Swingboats. Accessed 8 January 2014
- Ruth Goodman, Victorian Farm, Pavilion Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86205-871-2. p 68. Accessed 8 January 2014
- Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre - Swings and Roundabouts. Accessed 8 January 2014
- Bridgend County Borough Council, "Families enjoy Bryngarw's Victorian Christmas weekend", 16 Dec 2013. Accessed 8 January 2014
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