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Swans in a punt at Henley

A punt load of swans, and two cygnets, about to be transported higher up the River Thames for their safety, in preparation for the annual Henley Regatta in early July

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Annual Caps Custom Cygnet Cygnets Flat Henley Higher Load Preparation Preparing Punt Punts Regatta Safety Swan Swans Tradition Transported


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A Traditional Henley Regatta Preparation: A Punt Load of Swans and Cygnets (1909) This evocative photograph captures a moment in time from the early days of the Henley Royal Regatta, an annual event held on the River Thames in England since 1839. In this image, a group of men prepare to transport a punt load of swans and their cygnets to a safer location upriver. The swans and their offspring are carefully arranged in the flat-bottomed boat, with the men skillfully maneuvering the punt through the tranquil waters. The Henley Regatta is known for its rich history and traditions, and the protection of the swan population is an essential part of the event's legacy. Swans have long been a symbol of the regatta, and their presence on the river adds to the picturesque scene. The swans are transported to higher ground in preparation for the regatta, ensuring their safety during the busy racing period. This photograph, taken in 1909, offers a glimpse into the past and the customs that have endured over the decades. The men in the image, dressed in traditional rowing attire, expertly navigate the punt, demonstrating the skill and dedication required to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the swan population during this historic event. The serene scene on the river, with the swans and cygnets peacefully resting in the punt, is a testament to the enduring tradition of the Henley Regatta and the importance of preserving the natural beauty of the River Thames.

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