Hold on while you ride this 1911 forerunner of the modern pirate ship.
Came here as a child with my grandmother over 25 years ago. Now here with my daughter!
Taylor family, Chichester
- Steam Yacht 'Neptune'
- Visitors wait for their turn on the Steam Yacht
- 'Neptune' in full swing as dusk falls
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The Steam Yacht 'Neptune' is an early version of the modern 'Pirate Ship' – somewhat smaller, but just as exhilarating.
Built in 1911 by showman Fred Sowden of Bradford, this single Steam Yacht was originally operated by pulling ropes underneath but was later converted to steam power. A later owner adapted a Burrell steam roller to power the ride which arrived at Hollycombe in 1963 and was the only ride to be steam-hauled to the famous Shottesbrooke Park Great Steam Fair in 1964.
Age restrictions apply. Minimum age: 5 years