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Old 31st March 2013, 21:14
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hi reed
yes i had some very good memories of the mission, they allways made you very welcome. after doing a 12 hr shift we were allways ready for a few beers. also went to a small town nearby but cant remember the name of it, but had some good action there.
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Could you possibly be thinking of Lillo?
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Old 31st March 2013, 21:17
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JB4 had two large housings either side of an alley with the control tower standing forward. On her tow across the Atlantic, large waves ran around the tower and down the alley causing a lot of damage. The solution was to put the large deflectors forward around the tower which gave her her odd look. She always looked like she had a supply boat alongside. A really noisy sob when she was working.

I remember "Black Bergeron" and there were tug skippers who could handle anchors with the best of them but couldn't read or write. The aht's were tiny compared to today's monsters. Was there a tug skipper Cap'n Harvey? I remember them trying to stop him at the limits and less than half a layer of wire left on the drum.

I was on LB27 for the North Cormorant lines to Cormorant Alpha and the Shetland connector.

Fastnet Shore was used as a survey ship to get the as laid position of the pipe and to check for spans.
Maybe you are thinking of Harvey Haley? If so, that was my father-in law! I worked on the JB3 until 1977
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Old 31st March 2013, 21:17
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Harvey Hailey
Harvey Haley. He was my father in law
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Old 31st March 2013, 21:18
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Yes Norman! "Stop her and drop her!" in a southern droll is forever ingrained in my mind.

I also recall a catamaran tug, the Jaramac66? which towed some barges on longer journeys, supposedly very efficient but costly to run because under American Bureau classification it had to have two crews of engineers because there were two engine rooms. I came across her later in Brunei in 1980 where she was only ever used for towing as she could not handle anchors. The crew lazed about the deck in the sunshine all day waiting for something to do.
That was the L.E. Stewert. My father in law, Harvey Haley was capt. On her.
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Old 31st March 2013, 21:27
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Hello - New member, ex Marine Engineer, and some time with the above outfit.
Anybody know of any links to photographs, particularly JB4
LB27, or DB15 while they were working offshore.
Thanks.
I have one of the JB4 taken from a helo while working in the Shetlands, I believe.
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Old 31st March 2013, 23:56
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I have one of the JB4 taken from a helo while working in the Shetlands, I believe.
She is in Mexico. Owned by Technip. Used to belong to Go\lobal ind.
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Old 1st April 2013, 00:01
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Thanks for that. It's been so long and reading some of these posts sure take me back! I worked on the LB23 for a short period before transferring to the JB 3. We worked a lot further south than the JB4.

Thanks so much.

Jim
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Old 1st April 2013, 01:44
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i worked on the LB23 too with Toby Thorpe as my ASup. In Egypt
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Old 1st April 2013, 02:03
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Nookie Hebert and J.C Hebert were Supts. in the North Sea.
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Old 1st April 2013, 21:49
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I joined McD 1973 0n JB3 jetting the first North Sea line from Ekofisk to Middlesborough, worked on her until she transfered to the States and work in the GOM, joined DB 100 in Korea during construction phase, then back to North Sea on JB4, did a couple of stints on the LB 23 & 27. Antwerp was a dream of a place to be with many very interesting nights in Lillo-Fort with head-aches next morning, what a wild bunch of real offshore guys in the early days" No sea too rought-No M**f too tough". Tex Cargil, Charlie Mathews, Joe Huskins, Lee Oliver, Vinney Esponge, all deck crew guys, The late Tony Tucker and his Engineering crew, just to name a few, have boxes of photos at home, but for now am off-shore Mexico, will post photos at a later date.

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Old 1st April 2013, 21:57
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I joined McD 1973 0n JB3 jetting the first North Sea line from Ekofisk to Middlesborough, worked on her until she transfered to the States and work in the GOM, joined DB 100 in Korea during construction phase, then back to North Sea on JB4, did a couple of stints on the LB 23 & 27. Antwerp was a dream of a place to be with many very interesting nights in Lillo-Fort with head-aches next morning, what a wild bunch of real offshore guys in the early days" No sea too rought-No M**f too tough"
I started working on the JB3 in the spring of '74 as barge Clerk. My name is Jim. I stayed working as clerk for 2 years and then transferred to tower operator. Charlie Matthews, Louie Sapia and Joe Sapia were barge capts. I left McD in 1977 and came back to the states ans worked on the gulf for Robin towing, Nolty Theriot, and Harvey Gulf International. Oh, how I remember Lillo! I often think of it and also the Barracuda Lounge in Antwerp!
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Old 1st April 2013, 22:07
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I joined McD 1973 0n JB3 jetting the first North Sea line from Ekofisk to Middlesborough, worked on her until she transfered to the States and work in the GOM, joined DB 100 in Korea during construction phase, then back to North Sea on JB4, did a couple of stints on the LB 23 & 27. Antwerp was a dream of a place to be with many very interesting nights in Lillo-Fort with head-aches next morning, what a wild bunch of real offshore guys in the early days" No sea too rought-No M**f too tough". Tex Cargil, Charlie Mathews, Joe Huskins, Lee Oliver, Vinney Esponge, all deck crew guys, The late Tony Tucker and his Engineering crew, just to name a few, have boxes of photos at home, but for now am off-shore Mexico, will post photos at a later date.
Last year I found out that Ralph Pitre died.
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Old 1st April 2013, 22:37
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I joined McD 1973 0n JB3 jetting the first North Sea line from Ekofisk to Middlesborough, worked on her until she transfered to the States and work in the GOM, joined DB 100 in Korea during construction phase, then back to North Sea on JB4, did a couple of stints on the LB 23 & 27. Antwerp was a dream of a place to be with many very interesting nights in Lillo-Fort with head-aches next morning, what a wild bunch of real offshore guys in the early days" No sea too rought-No M**f too tough". Tex Cargil, Charlie Mathews, Joe Huskins, Lee Oliver, Vinney Esponge, all deck crew guys, The late Tony Tucker and his Engineering crew, just to name a few, have boxes of photos at home, but for now am off-shore Mexico, will post photos at a later date.
Sorry to hear about Tony. I remember hiom well. A quiet and smart man. Also rmember Bill Ohlhausen and Gill Hull.
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Old 1st April 2013, 23:16
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Hi all, I was on the LB27 in 1981, did two trips, one in June and one later in October both in the NW Hutton field. I was working for Decca Survey as a Field Engineer at the time. First trip we were laying pipe from the new NW Hutton platform and the trip in October we were attempting to finish that job, but the weather had other ideas! We went out by heli from Aberdeen and couldn't land as she was pitching too much, had to land on a production platform and wait 24 hrs and try again, we managed to land second time. Couldn't anchor due to the weather and we were then towed up and down for ten days until they decided to give up and tow us into Lerwick.
Here are some pics from the October '81 trip.
First one is a view from the tower looking to the heli deck, as we pitched into a wave.
The second is a relatively calm day when we manged to get some crew off by heli, I stayed on board till we got to Lerwick.
The third, leaving LB27 in Lerwick.
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Old 2nd April 2013, 01:30
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I kept in touch with Tony for quite some time after I left McD's he married an English lady who lived in Belgium, brought a very large house and became very involved with the Seamans Mission in Antwerp, sadly McD's did not do him any favours and he died quite a broken man, as for Bill and Gill, have never had any feed back with regard those guys, as for Lillo-Fort, Ahmans bar and the Patent Place still have fond memories.
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Old 2nd April 2013, 01:38
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I kept in touch with Tony for quite some time after I left McD's he married an English lady who lived in Belgium, brought a very large house and became very involved with the Seamans Mission in Antwerp, sadly McD's did not do him any favours and he died quite a broken man, as for Bill and Gill, have never had any feed back with regard those guys, as for Lillo-Fort, Ahmans bar and the Patent Place still have fond memories.
I ran into Lil Charlie long ago in the Gulf of Mexico. I saw Spiro some years back on the World News. He had a stroke and was brain dead but being kept alive with machines.
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Old 2nd April 2013, 14:09
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Sad news with regards Spiro, I shared a room with him for a while, he was a very funny guy, Tom Landry I caught up with in New Orleans when working in the GOM on JB3 but the rest of the Engineering crew have heard nothing from in many years probaly won't now as its retirement for me June 2014, after 9 years on ships and 40 years Offshore enough is enough.
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Old 2nd April 2013, 14:24
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I know what you mean. Once I left the offshore business I havent seen one person from the old days. I'm glad that I have some photos and my memory is still pretty good. I moved to Missouri 23 years ago so no chance at all that I'll be running into anyone now.
Yeah, Tom Landry was another great guy. Lester Benoit, Russell Hill, Mike Tate, the diver Supt. named Pete. So many characters!
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Old 2nd April 2013, 23:11
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True nostalgia my friend, lester Benoit as far as I know married a really young Belgium girl and took her to the States, as per the last news of him he is still married and running a used car lot, would you ever buy a used car from that man????, sadly as we get older all we are left with is the memories from days gone by and hearing that the guys we once worked with have passed on.
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Old 2nd April 2013, 23:20
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WOW, that is a surprise about Lester. He was married to a cajun woman when I met him and his family was running a catering business in SW La. I'd sure like to talk to him again. Did you know Raymond Twilbeck? He was on JB4 for a while. I just googled Lester's name and came up with a Lester Benoit living in Thibodaux that is a real estate agent. Wonder if that's him.
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Old 3rd April 2013, 20:18
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From what I remember of Lester he was areal wheeler dealer, he could be doing anything, the catering scene does ring a bell I must admit, have just found another site with one of the Engineers from the 4 looking for info, Graham Wallace, dont know if you remember him or not, Billy Smathers I believe is still with McD's in dubai with Ron Gowens one of the old ITS hands
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Old 3rd April 2013, 20:27
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Yeah, I remember Graham. I also remember Mike. Cant recall his last name but he was, I think, just under Gill. Also Derek. Kinda cocky. You are right about lester. He has a lot of patience and is pretty sharp. Last night I emailed a Lester Benoit that works for a real estate co. There was a photo that sure looked a lot like him, so I hope he responds.
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Old 7th April 2013, 00:22
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I managed to get hold of Graham Wallace and have been corresponding with him, he got out of the offshore game in 85 and opened up a business with his wife importing, making and selling Terracotta pots, by all accounts he has been at it all these years and has done very well for himself, Doc Diesel is still in Antwerp living with his woman, knowing the Doc he probably got lost leaving Lillo and decided to stay in Belgium. I think the guy mike that you are refering to got tied up with several women in Antwerp on the rebound after his wife kicked him out, I did hear tha a long lost Daughter turned up from out of the blue and that was the thick end of the wedge, all of his women went ape and he replaced them all or something like that, do you remember Midgly Electrician on the 27, he did not go home for a couple of trips as he was shacked up some woman in Antwerp and his wife came on board the 27 looking for him, couldnt find him and ended up getting laid by all of the Mechs and Elects on board, Midgly turned up on the Monday morning ready for work and found his wife well and truly shagged as they say, there was hell on over that little episode. I will see what other info I can get hold of and get back to you
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Old 7th April 2013, 00:35
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Oh, of course I remember Doc Diesel! Since doing the payroll as well as many other things, as I jog my memory I remember the names. Tell him hi for me. For the life of me I cant remember Mik;s last name. I just remember that he was I believe a 1st engineer. Usually quiet. If that was him in all that trouble, boy, those chickens sure came home to roost!
No, I didnt know the 27's electrician. I briefly knew some on the 23, but then spent the rest of the time on the JB3. I replaced Ricky Perez and I think he went on one of the Lay Barges. Since I've to Missouri I have less than no chance of running into anyone. I emai8led a Lester Benoit the other night hoping to get a reply, but so far, nothing. I may google others names and see if I can do any good.
Thanks for all your correspondence. Brings back great memories.

Jim Tullier
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Old 27th May 2013, 16:58
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Hi

I worked on LB27 from 74 to 78 and had 5 months on DB15 I've quite a few pictures that I took over that period in the loft at home, if you want some I'll dig them out and scan them to you.
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