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Old 20th July 2009, 18:08
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Ocean Inchcape ex members?

After posting a photo of one of the OIL boats I was on, another member reckoned a thread about those who sailed with OIL might be an idea. So I volunteered to kick off!

I was on the 'OIL Hustler' from August '78 to October '79.

'OIL Venturer' from Dec '79 to July '80.

'OIL Endeavour' from Sept '79 to Dec '81.

In between I did one trip on the 'OIL Explorer' Nov' 80 to Dec '80 (We had laid the 'Endeavour up in Leith)

Masters I sailed with were Iain Fyfe and Baz Unite (Hustler), Martin Russell and Woodward? (Venturer), George Bowie on 'Endeavour' and A. Storey on the 'Explorer'.

Most of the work was Northsea but we did Mexico, Denmark and Sicily as well!

Look forward to hearing from all other ex.OIL crews.

Jonty
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Old 20th July 2009, 18:51
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I started with OIL on the OIL Challenger in 1985, captains were Ian Fyffe and John Partridge, then went to Fredrickshaven to bring the Oil Champion back to the North Sea on a Shell contract, Captains on that trip was Danny Mcgregor who i believe is a pilot on the forth, we had a few captains there one from Dundee cant remember the name off hand. Then it was back to the Challenger for a few trips and then a stint at college before heading to Mexico to join the oil Tiger in Dos Bocos, captain was Gavin Gray who i still keep in touch with and is now working at the De Kastri terminal in Russia.We left Dos Bocos and took the ship to Galveston and then on to Abidjan, Ivory coast, a great trip across the atlantic all sextant navigation no GPS on board.
Then left the Tiger and went to Cape Town and joined the Oil Prowler and towed a barge up to Angola, again sextant navigation, all great stuff.
I then worked down West Africa for a bit on the Oil Hustler, Oil Terrier, Oil Tiger, Oil Concord, Far Sky which was bareboated, OSA Defender.
Then back to the North Sea on the Trader, Traveller, and also did trips on the Gallusturm, Huntetor, Kaubturm, Kreuzturm,Schepelsturm, OSA Vanguard, OIL Osprey, OIL Onyx, OIL Provider, OIL Tracer.
I had 8 fantastic years with OIL met some great guys.
Lou Harrison was marine Super at the time another gentleman. And Margaret in personnel what a nice person.
There was a book written called the Great Alliance a history of OIL from there start in 1971 to 1995 and i believe this was the year that Tidewater bought them out. As far as i am aware the book was never published, but i managed to get a copy and its a really good read into OIL.s 25 year history written by Rodger Macdonald.
Some names come to mind, Frankie Flynn, Dennis O'Fee, Davy ????from Mussleborough, Micky Stewart, Baz Unite, Mick Jonhson, Mike Bentley, Roger Woodcock,John Fawcet, Jimmy crawford (crowbar), i will stiill need to rack the brain but some of you other guys i am sure will come up with a few names from the past.
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Old 20th July 2009, 20:19
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Frankie Flynn I remember. Also Ross AB not Ross Master, Brian Rouncefield (Cook), Colin Campbell - leading hand on the 'Hustler' and a great guy! Bill Green (Mate) who suffered a serious accident when anchor handling the 'Sedco 703'. He was taken off via the Billy Pugh for a helo trip back home. Colin McDougal out of Aberdeen - a real good bloke. John Pedder from Hull......and a bloke from Dundee who did the odd joke or two - like getting into yoiur bunk after being in the cement tanks while you were on watch - but his name escapes me.....Kevin O'Sullivan, an AB on the 'Explorer'. Neil Beattie on the 'Endeavour'

So many good blokes. Names escape me but I am sure they'll come back.

Margaret. Ah yes, a lovely lady indeed.

OIL was a decent outfit in my opinion.

Jonty
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Old 21st July 2009, 06:42
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Would that have Been Ross Mcdonald Ab he also had a brother Alex a brilliant cook. I have heard of John Pedder but never sailed with him. There was George Saxton, Willie Bruce, Davy "Robbo" Robertson. Did you ever come across a guy called Jon Innes i am sure he was on the Endeavour in Mexico. There were a lot of guys from the Dundee area at the early stages i guess due to the company be based out of there. As i say a good company to work for and if you did Margaret a favour like coming back early she always remembered and would do you a favour back, she was really good to work with. Ron Sturrock was another one he was back to back with Baz on the Chancellor.
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Old 21st July 2009, 07:49
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There was a Ross McDonald AB who worked for Swires, I think he had a brother who was a cook with Farstad, I believe Ross left Swires 3 or 4 year ago, I' seem to remember him having a job lined up ashore.
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Old 21st July 2009, 08:59
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Pretty sure this is the same Ross McDonald, i am sure he was with Swires as well, i did meet his brother Alex some years ago on a Farstad vessel in Aberdeen. Ross lived in Tain and Alex i am sure was married in Gt Yarmouth.
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Old 21st July 2009, 23:15
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That's the Ross! His brother was an excellent cook. Rossie came out to Mexico with us on the 'Venturer' but I didn't see him back for the second - and last trip. That was the infamous one where Sam McCluskie came out to tell us we were being replaced - he had come out to do something on the 'Cunard Countess' and fitted us in - so we promptly sat in and worked to rule until we were given jobs in the Northsea. OIL was fair in that respect. They didn't shoot us in the back after providing us with a letter stating we would all be redeployed back to the Northsea.

Another name from that time was Jimmy Dixon, an AB, but he didn't do a second trip either. One enginneer was 'Barnsley' Bill - still have an image of him appearing at the crew messdeck door crossing Biscay trying to say we had a fire down below! Was quickly put out but he left oil and crap all over the freshly polished decks!

The Leading Hand was from Whitby - Martin. We had a near mutiny in Panama when we were told we could not go ashore but the officers did - and after they arrived back with a few bevvies in them, we made a huge raft out of oil drums and pallets and planned to row it ashore unless we were given the same courtesy of shore leave! They grudgingly gave it to us - after all we were on the hook there for ten days!

Some names ring bells. John Innes used to live on a yacht, well he did when I knew him! Lovely bloke. He was on the 'Endeavour'. Another second mate was called Pete - again, I remember him as a good guy.

There was a greaser out of Dundee called Jimmy - no, not a cliche! - and we used to wind him up something rotten. Left him with the end of as fire hose in Lerwick while we said we were going to test it - gave it full welly and what a sight! The poor bloke was wrestling it trying tio get it to stay still! That was on the 'Hustler' - and he was one of the best Greasers she had.

Pete Smith was second mate for a bit on the 'Hustler'. He later went on the skipper the 'OIL Tiger' out of Yarmouth when I next saw him.

Margaret was a lovely lady and you're right: if you did her a favour she always remembered it and did you one back when she could.

Jonty
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Old 22nd July 2009, 16:45
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George Bowie is a memeber of this site. I sailed with him on a few dive boats.
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Old 22nd July 2009, 20:41
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Is he? I reckon he should join this thread then, Ray!

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George Bowie is a memeber of this site. I sailed with him on a few dive boats.
George is now retired Ray. Like myself
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Old 24th July 2009, 12:04
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Hello John, Hope you keeping well and enjoying your retirement. A couple of years left for me then I will be joining you. I received a private message from George last year, I didn't realise he had retired.
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Photos of OIL boats are on www.images-of-ships.me.uk.
I joined the Oil Challenger (the pipe-carrier) as Mate in May 1977, John Gegan as Master, and after 6 weeks on there (a lot of time anchored in the Tay) was sent to join the Oil Producer (with a suitcase full of generator spares) in Dakar on her way back from the Congo. Masters there were John Partridge and M.K. Russell (first trip Master).
Joined Oil Explorer in July 1978, Masters Bas Unite & Alan Burns, then left OIL in November '78 to join Seaforth and was there until August '81 when I also had an accident at Sedco 703.
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Old 23rd August 2009, 17:34
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I was with the S/pore division when Lou Harrison was transferred out from uk ops in about 93..
Lou quickly settled into things out there and was considered by all of us aboard the ships as one of the best. It would be good to know how he is getting on. Has anyone heard ?
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Goodday. Anyone remember the old "Oil Hunter" seismic survey vessel in about 1975. Think she was an old Norwegian stern trawler which had sunk and then was bought on the cheap...stability very dicey! I was mate on her for one trip in mid 1975.
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Old 1st February 2010, 19:15
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I remember old John, one of the AB's that was on her. He used to make ships in bottles and that. Sailed with him after she was sold off when we did trips on the 'OIL Endeavour'.

Good bloke.

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Is he? I reckon he should join this thread then, Ray!

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Oil Provider John Fawcett Skipper John Pedder Bosun
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Old 3rd February 2010, 20:55
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Ray,

John Pedder was with me on the 'OIL Hustler'

I think Davie Blair sailed on the OSA boats - ring any bells?

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John Pedder was with me on the 'OIL Hustler'

I think Davie Blair sailed on the OSA boats - ring any bells?

Jonty
Sailed with Davie Blair on a box boat before I went into the offshore, He told he was with OIL and what happened during the strike.
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Old 4th February 2010, 11:55
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Joined OIL in 91. Oil Chancellor, Ostertor, Kaubturm, OSA Dundee, OSA Victor, OIL Onyx, Huntetor. Left in 98 after Tidewater took over. Now with SBS Marine who were started around 9 years ago by Jim Rourke & Keith Fletcher. Tony Duffield and Sheena Holland department managers. Tony and Sheena still working with Keith Fletcher with Fetcher Shipping who have two PSV's working out of Peterhead/Aberdeen.
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Old 5th February 2010, 11:42
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Joined Oil in 94
Oil Provider John Fawcett Skipper John Pedder Bosun
Kreuzturm
Osterdor
Hunterdor
Oil Tracer
Russel Tide
WC Hightower
William E Bright
Rigdon Tide
Robert H Boh
Oil traveller
John P Laborde 2005 made redundant,

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John Fawcett is out in the Far East now he married in Vietnam and works for Falconer Bryon i believe
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Joined OIL in 91. Oil Chancellor, Ostertor, Kaubturm, OSA Dundee, OSA Victor, OIL Onyx, Huntetor. Left in 98 after Tidewater took over. Now with SBS Marine who were started around 9 years ago by Jim Rourke & Keith Fletcher. Tony Duffield and Sheena Holland department managers. Tony and Sheena still working with Keith Fletcher with Fetcher Shipping who have two PSV's working out of Peterhead/Aberdeen.
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Was Richard Heather Master on the OSA Dundee when you were there.
I was on the Kaubturm 1994, Malcolm Hume was Master.
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Old 6th February 2010, 07:08
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Hi Orkneyman
Had to think really hard about this one, but yes I think he was. The other skipper would have been Gordon Tennant. Also sailed with Richard, briefly, on OSA Victor just before the boat was shipped out to the Far East.
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Joined OIL in 91. Oil Chancellor, Ostertor, Kaubturm, OSA Dundee, OSA Victor, OIL Onyx, Huntetor. Left in 98 after Tidewater took over. Now with SBS Marine who were started around 9 years ago by Jim Rourke & Keith Fletcher. Tony Duffield and Sheena Holland department managers. Tony and Sheena still working with Keith Fletcher with Fetcher Shipping who have two PSV's working out of Peterhead/Aberdeen.
All ex OIL
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I saw the Sharazad ex Oil Explorer the other Day in Hamriyah UAE, as i was towing a rig in, she looked nicely painted up and was tied up with a lot of other vessels looking for work i believe.

Hi Stevie. I remember Gordon Tennant, a fair chance i may have sailed with you as well.
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Hi all,
Joined OIL in 72 with Barry Cork , Ray Mcrown on the Oil Prospector the first ship as I recall. Two great Masters but of different styles so learnt from the best of them on some wild and crazy anchor jobs with Sedco 135F. I was Master on the Oil Prospector and then a couple of years on the Oil Mariner out of Aberdeen working the Ocean Cockup as we called it then. Clive Cunningham was master on the sistership the OIL Driller and we both ended up in Canada working for CANMAR in the Arctic. Sadly Clive has sailed on but he was just the same great character to the end.
All this is a long time ago now and early days in the North Sea offshore but it was a great outfit and as always I sailed with the best of folk.
Mal Walsh Canada
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