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Black Buccaneer

Chessington World of Adventures

Set sail from Pirates’ Cove on an adventure on the ocean waves…

Theme ParkChessington World of Adventures
Park AreaPirates' Cove
TypePirate Ship
AudienceOlder Families and Thrillseekeers
Opened1988
Closed2018
ManufacturerHuss
ModelPirate Ship
Height 60 ft
Black Buccaneer

Black Buccaneer

Sitting in Pirates’ Cove, Black Buccaneer was Chessington’s large swinging pirate ship for many years.

The ride originally arrived at the park as “Smugglers’ Galleon” when the area was known as Smugglers’ Cove in 1988.

It was manufactured by Huss, and would seat up to 45 riders at a time in nine rows of five. The boat would swing up to a maximum height of 60 feet in the air.

Black Buccaneer was one of the best pirate ships in the UK. During its thirty year lifespan it had worn in well. The swings felt very natural with the ship seeming to glide through the swings rather than being “forced” by the tyre drive. There was some great hanging air time to be had, especially in the back seats. But remember: "if you throw it up, you clear it up!"

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