The Princess and the Swan: A True Story

The Princess and the Swan

REALLY! A TRUE STORY. In 1965 a swan took up residence at the Mill Pond in Durham, New Hampshire. Because a fugitive swan was somewhat unusual, there was a fair amount of press generated. An exiled Russian princess, most recently of Ipswich, Mass., insisted that the swan was hers and came up to claim it. Rebuffed by town residents and the local fish and game, she returned to Ipswich sans swan. The swan was named “Onderdonk” and was the first of many on Mill Pond.

I am fairly certain that she did not look like a crazed Jacqueline Suzanne. I just like to think of her that way.

Thanks to Mylinda Woodward of the University of New Hampshire Archives for telling me this story.