• The Viking brand sound repeaters for the ride were located
after the second set of double doors, to the rider’s right.
In addition to the piano player and skeleton mariner on the
façade, there was a platform-mounted tombstone that read “Here
lies Baron Von Red.” A stunt would pop up from behind it every
minute or so.
David Procupp said the ride lasted one minute and 53-seconds.
He said the pace of the cars “was like a brisk walk.”
The waterfall finale was a device Tracy used in several of his
rides. It is unknown however, if Tracy designed this particular
one for Ghost Ship. Fred Weber said it was made locally by a
steel fabricating shop. It was constructed from a 55 gallon
drum cut in half and welded together. During approach the half
barrel would be tilted, thus allowing the water to pour out
of it in a sheet that would be as wide as the track. Under the
track in this area, was a steel grate that the water flowed
in to and was continually recycled back up to the barrel. When
the car tripped a relay upon coming closer, the drum would tip
back and momentarily stop the flow of water as you passed under
and crashed through the last set of doors.
According to Procupp, the angry ship’s captain reached for a
mug or plate mounted on roller skate wheels and rolled back
and forth in a wooden track carved into the table. If you look
carefully at the photo of a ride car being customized at Tracy’s
shop, you’ll see this captain stunt being assembled in the background!
David Procupp said that some cow stunts leftover from the Tornado
ride were stored inside the Ghost Ship building, out of riders’
sightlines. Also, on an interior wall, scrawled in pencil, were
the names of celebrities such as Cab Calloway, who performed
there in its ballroom days.