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Basket transfer from the Gulf Fleet 11 to the Fastnet Shore while out at the Semac 1, think it was in the late 70s.
· Date: Mon, 11 October 10 · Views: 206
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Keywords: Crew Change
Location photo was taken: North Sea
Date photo was taken: 70s
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Registered: January 2006
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Tue, 26 April 16 16:00

I was the Shell Survey rep aboard the Fastnet Shore during the laying of the FLAGS gasline from the Brent Field to St Fergus. The tug in the background I think is Union Towing's "Alphonse Letzer," could it be that the barge would be J Ray MaDermott's Jet Barge 4 which buried the pipe laid by the SEMAC into a trench to protect it from trawlers and fish whose tails started a small gap under the pipeline which turned into a span in the strong tidal currents which could cause the pipe to buckle.

The Fastnet Shore was used as a survey ship to detect spans and ensure there were no debris around the pipe. The sonar fish is under the starboard derrick. It also ferried crew back and forth for crew change which is why the transfer across the barge.

Skipper aboard the Fastnet Shore was Butch Wooltorton and the Mate was Peter Hewitt I think.

I also spent time on board individual tugs when anchors were close to pipelines and platforms, one of the Gulf tug Captains was Cap'n Harvey who had the most laid back southern drawl.
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Tue, 26 April 16 16:27

I once had a small radio controlled model of the Fastnet Shore built by PBM, lovely little kit, Although I don't recall the two aft cranes, a later addition?
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