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Type Rotating ride
Park Section North
Built 1914
Opened 1915
Closed Abt. 1916
Manufacturer Sea Land Whirl Amusement Service Company
Vehicle Type Cars (boat design)
Number of Vehicles 6
Riders per Vehicle 10

The Sea-Land-Whirl was a rotating ride moved to Olentangy Park in 1915. It was created by the Sea Land Whirl Amusement Service Company[1][2] and was located in the park's north end.[3]

The first Sea-Land-Whirl was installed at Fairlawn Park in Coshocton for Labor Day in 1914 and was a hit, so it was moved to Olentangy Park the following summer. The company that built and created the device was dissolved at the end of 1915[1][4] and it seems that the ride was only operational for one or two seasons.


The ride was similar to a Merry-Go-Round, with six boats, each having steps and sitting up to 10 passengers. The boats hung on axils and revolved around a center pole while the boats rocked back and forth, creating a rowing sensation.[5] Cars were made to "represent vessels for navigating water or air, and are to rock, or oscillate mechanically"[2] and give an imitation of a ride on the rough sea.[6]

The device could be knocked down, dissembled, transported, and rebuilt for operation.[2]

Sea Land Whirl Amusement Service Company

After the completion of the first device, the Sea Land Whirl Amusement Service Company was incorporated in Columbus, Ohio, with a capital of $10,000 ($281,148 in 2022) on April 2, 1914. L.A. Marks was named as incorporator.[7] Marks, George M. Reagan [or Ragan], and G.M. Marshall patented the device.[8][9] The company dissolved in September 1915 and the patent for an improvement for amusement devices for a "round-about" type to Reagan.[10]

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Corporation Is Dissolved." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 9 September 1915. Pg. 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "'Whirl' Is Big Success at the Fair." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 11 October 1914. Pg. 5.
  3. "Olentangy Park." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 25 April 1915. Pg. 44.
  4. Annual Report of the Secretary of State of Ohio. (1916)
  5. "Has Proposition for New Factory." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 16 September 1914. Pg. 1.
  6. "Olentangy Park." The Columbus Sunday Dispatch. 18 April 1915. Pg. 45.
  7. "New Company has been Incorporated." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 3 April 1914. Pg. 9.
  8. "Sea Land Whirl Now Complete." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 2 September 1914. Pg. 8.
  9. "Amusement device." Google Patents. U.S. Patent US1192226A.
  10. "George M. Reagen Receives Patent." The Tribune (Coshocton, OH). 30 July 1916. Pg. 8.