Flying Cutlass

Flying Cutlass
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Flying Cutlass in 2019
Lightwater Valley
Location Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Status Operating since 2011
Height restriction 1.1m accompanied / 1.3m unaccompanied
Loudoun Castle
Location Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK
Operated 2003 to 2010
Replaced Viking
Dreamland Margate
Location Margate, Kent, England, UK
Operated 1996 to 2002
Replaced Tri-Star
Funland Park
Location Folkestone, Kent, England, UK
Operated 1986 to 1995
Replaced by Tri-Star
Pleasurama Amusement Park
Location Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Operated 1985 or earlier to 1985
Lion Safari Park Tüddern
Location Tüddern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Operated c.1979 to 1984 or earlier
Franz Brusch
Location Travelling
Operated 1978 to unknown
Manufacturer HUSS
Product Pirat
Capacity 45 to 50 per cycle
Height 19.5m feet

Flying Cutlass is a HUSS Pirate Ship located at Lightwater Valley in Yorkshire, England. It has operated in the park’s “Skeleton Cove” area since area's opening in April 2011. It was one of a number of rides purchased by the park from Loudoun Castle following its closure at the end of 2010.


Bounty, as the ride was originally known, was one of the first batch of Pirat rides to be built by German manufacturer HUSS in 1978. It was owned by German showman Franz Bruch from 1978.[1]

During the early 1980s the Bounty was purchased by amusement park operator Jimmy Godden and placed at his Pleasurama Amusement Park at Ramsgate. From here the ride was transferred to another of Godden’s parks Rotunda Amusement Park in Folkestone for the 1986 season. It operated at Folkestone for a decade, until the end of the 1995 season. Godden had just purchased Dreamland Margate from the Bembom Brothers, and decided to swap his Bounty at Folkestone with the Tri-Star from Dreamland Margate. It was operated by Godden at Dreamland Margate until the end of the 2002 season.[2]

For the 2003 season the ride was sold to Henk Bembom for use at his newly purchased Loudoun Castle theme park. The ride’s long-standing name of Bounty was changed to HMS Flora MacDougal to reflect its new location of Scotland. The park closed at the end of the 2010 season, and the ride was one of many rides purchased by Lightwater Valley.[3]