Zapata/Offshore Marine

Derek Dunn
21st December 2008, 19:47
After I left deep sea I ventured into the oil rig support industry. I was very fortunate to be posted to the Gabon where the sea is almost always calm. Do you know if there any photos of these supply boats in the gallery? I had a happy time on these vessels. I once remember having lunch and thinking I was in Kings Cross Station but one of the Offshore Marine boats had come alongside, she was fitted with a twin crankshaft English Electric diesel, same as railway locos.

Captain America
21st December 2008, 21:37
Did you ever sail with Angus MacLean? He went to Zapata Marine after leaving Ocean Fleets in 80/81, think he works for Lloyds of London now.

Derek Dunn
22nd December 2008, 22:02
hi CA, I only did 2 four month trips which I thoroughly enjoyed, (Soverign and Dominion Service). I didn't meet Angus Maclean though. I met Peter Harrison in Port Gentile and sailed with a super skipper, Mark Priddie. These Canadian boats were really good but didn't like the warm sea water.

NZ JollyJack
15th January 2009, 10:16
Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)

tunatownshipwreck
16th January 2009, 00:47
I believe the first President Bush was a part-owner in this venture.

oceangoer
16th January 2009, 02:02
I was Marine Super for Atlantic Richfield in Darwin and we had Zapata's "Navigator" drilling Timor Sea targets. I'd previously been Master of SL34 servicing this rig and Sedco 135G which I also looked after and moved. Navigator was a "rust bucket". Wayne xxxxx was the Zapata Manager and he seemed to enhance his income by buying/selling Timor Oil shares in bulk. When Elf-Aquitaine turned up as another JV partner they threw their hands in the air "mon dieu" was the most common shout from their hut.
Lotsa fun drilling offshore in the '70's.

Oz.
16th January 2009, 03:35
Punter are you aware of any photo's of Smit Lloyd 34 and the other similar vessels? I was on SL34 for a short while before moving down to Bass Strait. I enjoyed my time on Rig Tenders but should have gone to the P&O Company when I had the chance. Have never been able to find photo's of the Smit Lloyds that were here. I was also on Sedco 135G for a while, didnt enjoy it one bit! That was my last job at sea.

g1noR890025
16th January 2009, 09:56
Punter are you aware of any photo's of Smit Lloyd 34 and the other similar vessels? I was on SL34 for a short while before moving down to Bass Strait. I enjoyed my time on Rig Tenders but should have gone to the P&O Company when I had the chance. Have never been able to find photo's of the Smit Lloyds that were here. I was also on Sedco 135G for a while, didnt enjoy it one bit! That was my last job at sea.

Oz, if you go here you may find all that you need :-

www.images of ships.co.uk(Thumb)

g1noR890025
16th January 2009, 21:16
(Thumb) Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)

Hello Kiwi, I well remember your name but for the life of me just can't put a face to it !
I was cook on the Pacific and we took her from Gt.Yarmouth to Gabon and I can't remember when that was either . My discharge book is buried under mountains of new kitchen units that we are storing for our son. Anyway, Lennie Gillings was skipper and Dave Thomas was chief engineer, Henry Dalton was 2nd Eng I think. I remember taking stores for 3 other ships and feel pretty sure the Strait was 1 of them. Had a big BBQ the night we arrived ,on board one of the OSA boats down there. My mate was bosun on her at the time and the whole ship was invited to the the party. Didn't remember much about it at all but my mate said I had a good time and my head was able to confirm that. We would be at sea for a week and in port for a week. Never went ashore except to buy fishing hooks and that was only once.
I caught a Hammerhead shark while sitting on the hook at the J.W.Bates. Everybody was panicking to haul all the other lines in and then we got a call to go alongside. Lennie gave us all the time we needed to get the brute onboard and it was thrashing about the deck like crazy. By this time all the other lines were a birds nest . Dave Thomas came sauntering down the deck with a 28lb maul and soon took care of that. Both eyes went screaming up and down the deck like someone teeing off from 1st green. It tasted great on the Barbie. It lasted several days. The fishing was great and you could'nt move in our freezers for fish . The locals soon found out we had fish for sale and once alongside they would swarm aboard and and stick their names on those they wanted, they'd then return with cash in the evening and go home happy as Larry.It was a great 3 months and I enjoyed every minute.I sailed with you once or twice after that. Maybe it was the Cromarty as I was a long time on her but the old grey cells are in decay now and I don't remember too well .As soon as I can find my Disharge book I'll have a better idea. (Thumb)
Best regards Kiwi.
Gino.

g1noR890025
16th January 2009, 21:22
should read , www.images-of-ships.co.uk

NZ JollyJack
18th January 2009, 21:19
Hi Gino,

yes we all had a great time with the Fishing down there.


I now have a page on "FaceBook" thanks to one of my Ex Chief Eng"s
Take a look as it has a photo of me on it. But don't forget that30 or so years have passed. here's the link. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=1161862907&ref=profile

Cheers and thanks for the memories.
Kiwi
Web site www.modelboats.co.nz to see a model of the "Lundy Shore"
(Jester)

sam2182sw
20th January 2009, 20:22
Hi lads i worked at a shipyard in Hull and i worked on 10 of then been built at the yard Drypool Eng Ltd sam

david william thomas
26th January 2009, 21:15
Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)
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Dave Thomas here.

ChiefEngineer of Pacific Shore/Service. Remember you well Kiwi and Gino. Had great and happy days . I too returned deep sea after being zapped . Sailed last few years Blue Star now retired.

Would like to hear from you all .

Dave

Derek Roger
26th January 2009, 23:11
You lads will remember Geoff Guest . Super in Aberdeen . Derek

philshimmin
27th January 2009, 05:52
Yes, the pacific shore.Was Dennis the skipper? Brewing beer in his shower, and arguing with Mick the hat, down the lift shaft to the galley?I was prob your relief.Rgds Phil

jpitcher
7th February 2010, 08:52
Ch Mate on Viking Shore, Skipper on North Shore, Fastnet Shore, Orkney Shore, Paramount Service.

Who is Howardang? We must have been together in Pauillac - I saw your post mentioning your year on the Gironde with Fastnet Shore & Cromarty Shore - I was skipper on Fastnet for the rig move out of there to Gijon, Spain (it was my first rigmove)

A.D. Colburn
7th February 2010, 16:11
I don't know what made me think of it, but I worked on The Liberty Service, one of several @ 210' Offshore supply boats built for the planned New England offshore drilling @ 1978.

Captains were from other supply boat companies , like Euro-Pirates, Tidewater, Seahorse... Dutch Smeal, Curtis Miller. They were characters and very good boat handlers.

We worked in and out of Davisville, RI, Halifax, NS and St Johns, Newfoundland.
Great Gig! while it lasted.
When drilling was prohibited for the Georges Banks fisheries areas, the supply boats packed it in and headed to Europe (Tunisia) and were re-crewed.

Best Regards,
ADC

DenisM
11th February 2010, 13:28
Memories!
I sailed with Zapata '79 to '83, Mate on Regal and Royal Service, and sailed as Mate on run job from St. John's Newfoundland to Tunisia on one of the US flagged Liberty class. I remember Curtis Miller well, when he was sailing out of St. John's, in the early eighties there wete at least four of this class working offshore Newfoundland

Burned Toast
11th February 2010, 20:12
I believe the first President Bush was a part-owner in this venture.

I thought that was Tidewater(EEK)

O.M.Bugge
16th March 2010, 15:35
I thought that was Tidewater(EEK)
No, Zapata is right, but it was alot more than just Supply vessels. They had drilling rigs and other activites as well.

Burned Toast
18th March 2010, 11:02
No, Zapata is right, but it was alot more than just Supply vessels. They had drilling rigs and other activites as well.

My mistake Tidewater purchased Zapata.

Ray

NZ JollyJack
25th March 2010, 02:40
Hi J Pitcher,
Kiwi here, Take a look in your book and give us some dates, then I'll check them out in mine.

Cheers, Jollyjack

capt rog
27th March 2010, 20:09
I sailed with Cutiss Miller coming out of Canada in '83. Did ten more years in Alaska and the oil field, then Curtiss ended up on Casino Riverboats in Chicago. Dutch Smeal, Don Robb, Gary johnson and Farmer all coming up to work. Its been a good job. Cutiss is back out working on Seacor boats he is still one of the best.

jj b
17th June 2010, 21:40
Memories!
I sailed with Zapata '79 to '83, Mate on Regal and Royal Service, and sailed as Mate on run job from St. John's Newfoundland to Tunisia on one of the US flagged Liberty class. I remember Curtis Miller well, when he was sailing out of St. John's, in the early eighties there wete at least four f this class working offshore Newfoundland

Hi DenisM, I was also with Zapata 1975/79 as AB/2ND Mate my 1st V/L was the Valiant Service/Titan & Milano, I was no the Valiant when she catch fire in the Baycay & abandoned ship homeward bound from Barcelona. I see that you where on both Regal/Royal Service, I was C/O on the Ocean Service 91 in Onne Port 91 she was an maintainers V/L then, unfortunately I did forget to take my camera with me hench I did not get any photos of the ship,I do remember the Regal & Royal both in Gt Yarmouth in the 70's as pipe-Carrier's,& I am wondering if u can help me with photos of the V/L. Thank you
jj b

jmd999
16th August 2010, 10:08
For those of you that knew hime, my dad, Fred Ditty (Engineer) passed away last week - sorry can't remember which ships he sailed on

Niels Eyde Hansen
15th September 2010, 23:17
I was 2'mate on the Navigator back in 1975, want to know more?
have a "look" at my webpage: www.eyde.nl/homepage/navigator.html
(Thumb)

sailor1958
9th February 2011, 14:54
Hi DenisM, I was also with Zapata 1975/79 as AB/2ND Mate my 1st V/L was the Valiant Service/Titan & Milano, I was no the Valiant when she catch fire in the Baycay & abandoned ship homeward bound from Barcelona. I see that you where on both Regal/Royal Service, I was C/O on the Ocean Service 91 in Onne Port 91 she was an maintainers V/L then, unfortunately I did forget to take my camera with me hench I did not get any photos of the ship,I do remember the Regal & Royal both in Gt Yarmouth in the 70's as pipe-Carrier's,& I am wondering if u can help me with photos of the V/L. Thank you
jj b

Hi there, i was a dekhand on several supply ships from the Zapata companie in 1976 and 1977. I have sailed on the Viking Service from Den Helder and the Titan Service from Ymuiden (Holland).
We worked for the Heerema barges. I still have some pictures of these ships, also from te Regal, Hudson and Scandia Service.
The first mate on the Viking whas Ben Dick from Hull and the captain Taffie Jennings from Lowestoft.
Regards from Den Helder

crockettr75
21st October 2011, 13:44
Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)

Geoff,

I remember you well, Island Shore Trinidad, C/E was anchors Harvey Capt Butch Wooltorton, Canadian AB's, a good laugh all round.

Tony

E.Martin
21st October 2011, 16:29
25 years ago flew to Doula to do a job for Zapata the job was to make some rig moorings from a Reel of 52mm wire, with the help of the crew of the ship that the reel was on we measured various lenths of wire cut then had to put sockets on the ends 30 sockets in all.
From photo's I have I can make out Lavica Seahorse,Laguna Sea???,the finished wire moorings was taking away by the Cape Service.

steamship
16th April 2012, 09:08
25 years ago flew to Doula to do a job for Zapata the job was to make some rig moorings from a Reel of 52mm wire, with the help of the crew of the ship that the reel was on we measured various lenths of wire cut then had to put sockets on the ends 30 sockets in all.
From photo's I have I can make out Lavica Seahorse,Laguna Sea???,the finished wire moorings was taking away by the Cape Service.

Are you sure it was Douala? The Lavaca,Laguna and Trinity were all
ex Charlie Slater Europirate boats and were identical almost with MWM engines. They were all based in Cabinda. Maybe Zapata moved them after I left. They were getting pretty much worn out then. Was
Harry Harrison the Port Captain there where you were?

mitchsafety
12th July 2013, 11:29
I have pictures of 99% of all the old OSM , Zapata and Tidewater vessels , been collecting them for 20 plus years , drop me an email if your looking for any.

prm_marine@live.co.uk

j basing
17th August 2013, 12:05
I have just posted 1982 fleet list for Zapata,on main page, use word Zapata. It should come up..

mmga74
1st December 2013, 18:04
My name is Mike Broyhill, I guess I go way back, I started was with Henderson Marine Service, out of Morgan City, LA in 1964. Henderson Marine Service was shortly there after aquired by Zapata. I worked Port Harcourt, Escavos, Burutu, Warri, and Alexandria, Eygpt (just after the 6 day war). I notice Don Robb's name mentioned he and I worked to gether for about a year in Port Harcourt. Don was Tee Totaler, so I had to make up for his lack of consumption. We were just kids at the time, I think I was 23, and Don was about the same. Great times long ago. I was Mate on Rio Service. and Engineer on the following: Eastern Service, M/V Margery. M/V William Hollis, Coastal Service, Gulf Service.............Seriously doubt if any of these are still in service. Also did a stint with Western Geo. in Port Gentile and the Camarroons.....This was on the Western Beacon....recorder boat........

Capt 1944
1st December 2013, 18:31
So sorry to read Fred has passed away. He sailed with me as C/E on various occasions, both in Sicily and Tunisia.
Regret that this mail is somewhat late but have only just seen the mail.

funnelstays
1st December 2013, 19:14
After I left deep sea I ventured into the oil rig support industry. I was very fortunate to be posted to the Gabon where the sea is almost always calm. Do you know if there any photos of these supply boats in the gallery? I had a happy time on these vessels. I once remember having lunch and thinking I was in Kings Cross Station but one of the Offshore Marine boats had come alongside, she was fitted with a twin crankshaft English Electric diesel, same as railway locos.
Derek
Try this link it is the best I found .http://www.skipsfarts-forum.net/read.php?TID=9964

steamship
1st December 2013, 19:32
My name is Mike Broyhill, I guess I go way back, I started was with Henderson Marine Service, out of Morgan City, LA in 1964. Henderson Marine Service was shortly there after aquired by Zapata. I worked Port Harcourt, Escavos, Burutu, Warri, and Alexandria, Eygpt (just after the 6 day war). I notice Don Robb's name mentioned he and I worked to gether for about a year in Port Harcourt. Don was Tee Totaler, so I had to make up for his lack of consumption. We were just kids at the time, I think I was 23, and Don was about the same. Great times long ago. I was Mate on Rio Service. and Engineer on the following: Eastern Service, M/V Margery. M/V William Hollis, Coastal Service, Gulf Service.............Seriously doubt if any of these are still in service. Also did a stint with Western Geo. in Port Gentile and the Camarroons.....This was on the Western Beacon....recorder boat........




Hi Mike,
I worked out of Morgan City with Seahorse till they went under. Lived there after getting married. I was Port Engineer/ Manager with them.
I remember a Dave Robb from Fraserburgh who was Port engineer with Zapata in Cabinda.

Derek Roger
1st December 2013, 21:52
Any of you chaps remember Allan Atack ; worked on the ships for Geoff Guest for a while as Chief Engineer .

mmga74
20th January 2014, 17:13
Hi Mike,
I worked out of Morgan City with Seahorse till they went under. Lived there after getting married. I was Port Engineer/ Manager with them.
I remember a Dave Robb from Fraserburgh who was Port engineer with Zapata in Cabinda.

It was Done Robb that I worked with, he was never port Mgr, or port Eng that I know of. I left the oil and gas boats in 1971 and he was still running the Service Boats. Don't remember which one though.

mmga74
20th January 2014, 17:22
Hi Mike,
I worked out of Morgan City with Seahorse till they went under. Lived there after getting married. I was Port Engineer/ Manager with them.
I remember a Dave Robb from Fraserburgh who was Port engineer with Zapata in Cabinda.

Another name from this era Danny Williams. He was an Eng., and I think he went on to being a Port Mgr. in various place, not sure just where.