The above fairground ride is something I remember well from Chippewa Park, although I don’t recall ever seeing it in operation. I think it was dismantled more than twenty years ago. The roller coaster suffered the same fate this past Spring.
I couldn’t find images to refer to for this drawing – and I’ve been looking for years. So this past summer I made a little research trip to Thunder Bay. I found nothing in the museum archives and nothing at the libraries. Finally, at the city archives, I found correspondence dated from the mid 1960s – negotiations between the city and proprietors at Winnipeg Beach Amusement Park, which closed in 1964. Along with a roller coaster and a number of other rides, this swing-style ride was purchased for Chippewa Park and set up in 1967. Still no photographs!
Researching Winnipeg Beach, I found and purchased this postcard:
Thanks to Coaster Enthusiasts of Canada I found out it was called the Sea-Plane De Luxe. It also mentions elsewhere that Flash Gordon styled rocket ships were offered as updates to the planes, but I don’t think that’s what the bullet-shaped cars were supposed to be. I could only find rockets with tail fins on a similar ride, but I am certain the ride at Chippewa didn’t have fins.
So, those bullets I have drawn completely from memory… I have no recollection of their interiors, but I seem to recall two seats on each. I’m pretty sure there were six cars, and that only the nose and tail of each was painted red and green. I also remember it being surrounded by spruce trees.
Did I get it right? If you’d like to share your memories of Chippewa Park – in particular this ride – please leave a comment below. Any relevant info I can incorporate into the final art would be appreciated!!!
The final artwork will be a companion piece to this other familiar attraction that once graced the beach at Chippewa: