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Any crew out there who sailed on any of the following boats
The Bering Seal , The R W Olsen or the J E Jonnson in the 80's
 

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B55, have you come across a Seismic Survey Company that had as it's company logo the Earth with the tracks of a satellite looping around it. They were an American Company active in the North Sea at the very beginning of the oil boom. Regards.
 

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B55, have you come across a Seismic Survey Company that had as it's company logo the Earth with the tracks of a satellite looping around it. They were an American Company active in the North Sea at the very beginning of the oil boom. Regards.
I think you are thinking of "Western Geophysical", their vessels had green hulls. They were very active in the Arabian Gulf while I was there in 1970's and 80's, most of their vessels seemed to be converted trawlers or in one case I remember they had a converted coaster that had been built to operate in the inland waterways of Denmark. The main occupation of the company was seismic surveys.
 

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I think you are thinking of "Western Geophysical", their vessels had green hulls. They were very active in the Arabian Gulf while I was there in 1970's and 80's, most of their vessels seemed to be converted trawlers or in one case I remember they had a converted coaster that had been built to operate in the inland waterways of Denmark. The main occupation of the company was seismic surveys.
Thanks William, I remember the Bayou Chico which was around at the same time. I will pull a vessel out of my Gallery to see if you or any others recognise her. She looks like a former American Navy P.C., look out for her.
 

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Any crew out there who sailed on any of the following boats
The Bering Seal , The R W Olsen or the J E Jonnson in the 80's
Was in the J E Jonnson as gun mechanic with GSI about 1979. working in the North sea. The bosun broke his back & was taken off by chopper
 

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Hi Chadburn,
I was a Decca operator on the Bayou Chico in the mid 1960's and spent time in the early North Sea oil search, remember on one occasion almost being run down by a tanker or bulker off Spurn Head, which ended up cutting the towed cable. A few days after that our shooting boat, an old trawler, sunk on its moorings at Grimsby, after a shot went off prematurely under its stern....
Rejoined the Bayou some time later at Fremantle and undertook a survey for Wapet off the Monte Bello Islands wwhilst working for Lab Nav.,a US based operation out of Freeport Grand Bahama (Navigation Management ).
Stayed in Australia after that and been here for 46 years..

Regards'

Tony
 

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Hello Tony, thanks for your reply. At the time you were in the North Sea in the early days did you come other American vessels that were converted WW2 military types doing surveys? I will pull a photograph of one them from my Gallery and put it in today's site photographs.
 

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Hi Chadburn,
I was a Decca operator on the Bayou Chico in the mid 1960's and spent time in the early North Sea oil search, remember on one occasion almost being run down by a tanker or bulker off Spurn Head, which ended up cutting the towed cable. A few days after that our shooting boat, an old trawler, sunk on its moorings at Grimsby, after a shot went off prematurely under its stern....
Rejoined the Bayou some time later at Fremantle and undertook a survey for Wapet off the Monte Bello Islands wwhilst working for Lab Nav.,a US based operation out of Freeport Grand Bahama (Navigation Management ).
Stayed in Australia after that and been here for 46 years..

Regards'

Tony
Hi Tony,
I have a similar story. I arrived in Oz in 1969 as first Engineer on the "Polaris" a US vessel on charter to GSI. We shot seismic in the Great Australian Bight, out of Adelaide and Thevenard. The Polaris caught fire in Adelaide, just after loading a brand new cable. The fire also took out the old cable as well and badly damaged the deck machinery.
I stayed in Oz and have been here ever since. Also worked foe Western Geo. Veritas and a couple of other seismic outfits.
Regards Tony (another one)
 

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Hi I worked for Wester Geophysical North Sea, Ireland and West Africa. 1968-1971
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John, did we ever cross paths? I worked for Western 1969-71 .Started on western 3 out of Libreville & Douala , then Dantzler Ash in the Med., down to Persian gulf , then Kenya , South Africa , back up to Douala.
Then a very brief stint on the Red Creek because we stuck it on a reef somewhere around Qatar.
From there to the Karen Bravo working the North Sea.
Worked for Delta , GSI & Tidewater at various times after that.
What boats were you on ?
 

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Western Geophysical

Hi Chris.

It sounds like our paths should have crossed.
I joined the western 3 spring 1968.
Mauritania then South West Africa, Angola, Gabon and Cameroon.
that was about it for 1968. Back the following year I think it was the western Beacon and using the Miss Free port as a supply boat.
also worked the Karen Bravo, Anno Lindinger
both hire vessels.
Both North Sea and Southern Ireland.
continued to work for Western in the London office and two years in the office in Saudi Arabia
finally left Westerns 2001.
nice to hear from you I joined this site a passing interest in Ships and nostalgia.

Regards John Byrne
 

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Hi Chris.

It sounds like our paths should have crossed.
I joined the western 3 spring 1968.
Mauritania then South West Africa, Angola, Gabon and Cameroon.
that was about it for 1968. Back the following year I think it was the western Beacon and using the Miss Free port as a supply boat.
also worked the Karen Bravo, Anno Lindinger
both hire vessels.
Both North Sea and Southern Ireland.
continued to work for Western in the London office and two years in the office in Saudi Arabia
finally left Westerns 2001.
nice to hear from you I joined this site a passing interest in Ships and nostalgia.

Regards John Byrne
Gotcha! John Byrne , we worked on the Karen Bravo together. We called you the Vulture! Western in their generosity gave us 1 pr. of sea boot stockings each , but you joined after they were issued so as we were on different shifts you shared mine. Didn't get a chance to dry out! Russell stanland was coordinator.
 

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I as administrator for JEJ followed by RWO and Black Seal 1982-85.
Then Geosource 85-86 Geomar Apollo, Geo2 & 3.
Then HGS, Indian Seal, Baffin Seal, Sea Star 90-94.
WGC Reagent and Wind 94-95.
Noe PGS various vessel 96 to present.
 

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Hi all,

Ages since I was on here - Ex Olson, built her up in Sunderland and then did the transit to the Boro - stayed in Stockton - Queens (?) and then went out on the first job when the Quo Vadis took our cable off Denmark and we had to come back in to put a new on to the reel via an old barge that moored astern ...

Been ages !!! Love to hear from you all

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One of the first North Sea Oil Survey Vessels the 'Bayou Chico' (inside vessel) which some may remember. Apparently she is still going strong now used for Fishing. Can anyone identify the name of the rafted vessel?
 

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Another vessel in the early days of Surveying for North Sea Oil. She looked like a former American Military LCI. Anybody remember her and/or recognise the Company Logo from the little that is showing on the side of the vessel?
 

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