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are39 8th January 2009 10:04

penrod rig NZ
 
I was Mate on Grizzly bear and polar Bear towing Penrod 74 around NZ For 4 years.
going 140 miles south of Bluff anchoring her in 2500 feet with piggy backs.
Thinking back dont know how we did it,didnt even have posts down aft for towing,Archaic Eh
Any one know these boats.Especially any Yanks as she flew the stars stripes.
jumi5 mike bishop

Pat McCardle 8th January 2009 12:16

When was this, possibly back in '78? I remember being in Bluff then on Somerset & an offshore vessel being in there, Morgan City, La reg. One of the AB's was from Sunderland named Joe Johnson (see My Gallery) & another guy from Skye or Islay. I got a box of 200 Crayfish tails off them for 5 packets of Golden Virginia, possibly the best deal I ever done!

are39 9th January 2009 09:54

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Originally Posted by Pat McCardle (Post 280032)
When was this, possibly back in '78? I remember being in Bluff then on Somerset & an offshore vessel being in there, Morgan City, La reg. One of the AB's was from Sunderland named Joe Johnson (see My Gallery) & another guy from Skye or Islay. I got a box of 200 Crayfish tails off them for 5 packets of Golden Virginia, possibly the best deal I ever done!

Hi Pat
Yes both the Grizzly bear and Polar bear was Registered Morgan City.Yank Learner skipper Rest of crew Kiwi,s.Yes was 78
The one you spoke about was the polar.That crew would give away there mother for a smoke.there name would have been Stoddarts from scotland
Mike bishop
jumi5

Pat McCardle 9th January 2009 10:11

We were in Bluff for about 4-5 weeks so got a lot of visits from the guys off the Polar Bear as our beer was cheaper than up the road & we were closer & stayed open longer too. I can't remember the name of the Scots guy but remember Joe as he was from my home town & well known.

dave wybrow 11th November 2010 15:53

penrod 74
 
I did a stint as radio op on the standby boat to this rig. Think the boat was called the Tanglow. It was off Palawan, Phillipines in the south China sea. I remember well someone being called up as Captain Bob on the Polar Bear - or maybe the Grizzly Bear when they were around the rig.

I kept getting called Captain Dave by huge Texans that populated the rig.

Actually it was a bit of a nightmare. Didnt know what I was doing since I'd blagged the job from a mercenary I met in Manillia. There was a typhoon or two, the boat sprang a leak and had to be fixed with old plimsols and cement. The skipper and crew were all tagalog speakers only. Much drunkeness, boat ran out of food etc etc.

Remember off-loading tons of drilling mud (Spearzene?) in the middle of the night in heavy swell. Ships mate had a toupee which kept flying off in the breeze...

It was terrible - and fantastic and I'd do it again tomorrow.

Nice to see the names Polar Bear and Grizzly bear again.

GlennysF 5th June 2011 11:43

Long time after the original post but my husband was Chief Engineer on the Polar Bear in the late 70s. He was on it running out of Bluff then off Nelson for a while before they towed the Penrod up to Darwin and the Australians took over.

NZSCOTTY 9th June 2011 23:02

Nice to hear you on here Jumi5 (Mike). Yes memories of the old Grizzly Bear! yank skippers popping pills to keep awake. I even started smoking again! Hot bedding during drill shifts 6 on/off. Only good thing was we earned at least twice as much as others on the coast.
Enjoy your retirement Mike
John

Captian Dag 22nd June 2011 20:48

Grizzly and Polar Bear
 
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A couple of photos of the Polar Bear and Grizzly Bear from my good friend Ko Rusman.

If any of you have additional photos and would like to share, Please send PM

are39 2nd January 2012 06:13

grizzlly bear polar bear Penrod 74 Mike bishop now
[email protected]
any one wants info photos

standoc 24th November 2016 10:22

Penrod 74
 
Hi - this is a very late reply in this thread but here goes anyway. My dad was a geologist on Penrod 74 - I was only 12 or so when he was there but I recall many stories about it. He was quite moved by his experience there (he'd worked as a consultant all around the world) as he was certain that somewhere under there was a HUGE crude oil deposit but in the same sentence he would lament over how deep and rough it was out there.

Anyway I am sure I could think of lots of stories he told me if anyone is interested. Also would love any contact from anybody who remembered my Dad.

Colin P Wood 12th June 2017 07:14

I remember the Grizzaling Bear and Polar bear coming to Darwin with Penrod 74. Both vessel were very ??? seaworthy. The Grizzaling got a Port Kembla crew and hardly ever moved, while the Polar Bear had a Fremantle crew who did all the work. While working out of Darwin both boats were put into top shape.

DunedinDave 22nd March 2018 07:33

I joined Grizzly Bear as 2nd Engineer just after it arrived down from New Plymouth and Penrod 74 rig anchored up in Big Glory bay at Stewart Island for major work on its legs. I think it was late 1974, I was with her for the remaining 4 plus years that she was in New Zealand waters. Yes we worked some horrendous weather as Mike said some 140 miles from no where. I done the trip towing the Penrod to Darwin via Lae in New Guinea some 56 days. After that I done a 6 year stint with Tidewater out of New Plymouth. Then skulling around in a dutch dredge for 17 years I went back to the rig tenders in 2006 with Swires in Australia. Hells bells what a difference in the technology in working anchors and supplying different materials for the drilling. The new AHTS vessels are now the state of the art with every modern convenience one can think of. But I still remember fondly the Grizzly bear and all the people that I sailed with, unfortunately most of them were older than me and have since passed on. After 44 years at sea as an engineer I retired back in 2014. Cheers Dave.

morky1 29th September 2018 04:28

I was shore-based Ch Steward for Glomar, based in Nelson in 1975, we had the Glomar Tasman drilling all over the place, wildcatting for Burmah Oil, the Penrod 64 was brought into Milford Sound for structural repair to the sub structure, lots of specialist welders flown in from Texas, NZ was culture shock, most them never knew where it was even when they were there.

FJM 19th February 2019 05:05

Penrod 74 Reply
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by standoc (Post 2270473)
Hi - this is a very late reply in this thread but here goes anyway. My dad was a geologist on Penrod 74 - I was only 12 or so when he was there but I recall many stories about it. He was quite moved by his experience there (he'd worked as a consultant all around the world) as he was certain that somewhere under there was a HUGE crude oil deposit but in the same sentence he would lament over how deep and rough it was out there.

Anyway I am sure I could think of lots of stories he told me if anyone is interested. Also would love any contact from anybody who remembered my Dad.

My dad was barge engineer on Penrod 74 in New Zealand, I think in about the mid 1970s to the early 1980s.

FJM 19th February 2019 05:05

Ask about the name Malinak

NKO 9th May 2019 09:23

IMO numbers Polar Bear and the Grizzly Bear
 
Hello, in 1977 I started as a contract welder in the Placid international oilfield on the Penrod 36. saw the supply vessels of the Penrod fleet there. Mammoth, Mastodon, Hippo, Rhino etc etc, rarely also to Polar bear and Grizzly Bear. does someone have the IMO numbers of the Polar Bear and the Grizzly Bear for me.

Regards Nico Koorn

remembering 21st July 2019 19:18

re Penrod 36 in 1977,
 
Nicco Koorn,

I was on the Penrod 36 as a diver with Sub Sea International in December of 77 and a few following months and have some photos of that I'll dig out. A three island gas platform, the divers' quarters in the topmost of two stacked portacabins right on one corner, 150 feet or so above the sea. One door of that was wired shut with a warning, "Dont Open!!!" The step out of that would have been to the sea. I was, like the other divers, also on the Penrod 57, 58, and 64, which were jackups, and I have photos of that, too. Shallow diving, then, only to a hundred feet when checking the bottom for scouring at the foot of jackup legs, but the current was very strong. Most of the bell deck of the 36 was without railings, and it was all poorly lit, and in high weather when we nevertheless dived, the tops of waves nipped the grating below our feet where the stage was set. The dive superintendant was Bob Ingham from Derby. You're Dutch, right? At that time and for the following year my wife and I had a townhouse in Loonen on the Vecht.

NKO 22nd July 2019 17:16

hello remembering,

Thanks for your reaction.

We slept also in the two stacked portacabins right on one corner, 10 persons in one cabin. i remember the divers, my oh my.

Can you send my the photos please.

Thanks Nico

remembering 22nd July 2019 21:13

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Nico,

Wow! I have many photos, all my own, to scan and will set about figuring out just how to do that. Meanwhile, here are two that are not my own but by who or when I'm not sure. The 36, showing the three islands, drilling in foreground, and the jackup 64. It looks vintage 76, 77 so I presume that's when it was. The 57, 58, and 64 were homes for the divers, too, but if the weather got so bad that the jackups moved around a lot, we preferred to be on the 36. If weather got VERY bad, someone would be sent over to advise us to come and drink coffee in the galley and sit out the storm. On Christmas morning, 76, I made a dive that nearly killed me. Not to the sea bed, just to fifty feet to turn a valve and take some measurements, but as was so common in the diving there was one delay after another. I wasn't wearing a hot water suit but a borrowed 1/8 inch wetsuit that was torn out under the armpits. When finally the stage came down to get me I was befuddled with the cold and had no hand strength, my arms floated around me. I really had to fight to get into the stage. Topside, still sensible enough to know that I had to raise my core temperature, I wisely declined a hot shower. It took hours of hot coffee in the galley to warm me up.

remembering 22nd July 2019 21:18

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Here is the Penrod 64


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