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.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.
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.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.
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 chopperAny 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
Hi Tony,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..
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.Hi I worked for Wester Geophysical North Sea, Ireland and West Africa. 1968-1971
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.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