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Crossroads Village Carousel Park
Swings based on this technique have been reported since at least the early 1600's. They became popular in Europe during the Renaissance. Somewhere along the way the rides became shaped like boats. Perhaps based on the gondolas of Venice.
Crossroads Village's ride is believed to have been manufactured by the Allan Herschell Company of North Tonawanda, New York sometime before 1930. It is currently believed to be the last of its kind in existence.
The swings debuted at Crossroads Village in 1992. The following winter the ride was completely restored from funding provided by the Friends of Crossroads Village Carousel.
Similar rides are still in use in Europe and at smaller fairs and midways in England.