Black Buccaneer

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Black Buccaneer
BlackBuccaneer Cropped.jpg
Chessington World of Adventures
Area Pirates' Cove
Status Operating
Opening date 1988
General statistics
Attraction type Pirate ship
Manufacturer HUSS Park Attractions
Theme Pirates
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
Rows 10
Riders per row 5
Duration about 2 minutes[1]
Height restriction 130 cm (4 ft 3 in)

Black Buccaneer (formerly Smugglers Galleon) is a swinging pirate ship at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in London. It premiered in 1988 in the Pirates' Cove section of the park.[2]


Black Buccaneer was originally opened in 1988 as Smugglers Galleon[3] in Pirates' Cove, an area adjacent to Transylvania in Chessington World of Adventures Resort. It was manufactured by Huss Rides.[1]

The ride received a soundtrack in late 2013. The ride and surrounding buildings were refurbished in 2014.


The ride is themed as a pirate ship. Riders sit in 9 rows of 5, before swinging back and forth at heights of up to 60 feet.[1] It is painted black (hence the name), with a height minimum of 1 meter. Anyone under 1.3 meters must be accompanied by an adult.[2]


The ride in movement 
Full view 


  1. ^ a b c "Black Buccaneer Review". Theme Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Pirates' Cove". Chessington World of Adventures. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Chessington History". Theme Park Guide. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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