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Any idea of the vessels identity Chris? from memory she looked like a former American built Landing Craft Infantry (where the gangways were lowered on both sides of the Bow) for the Troops to be discharged on to the Beach. As she had to be able to take the ground and possibly Kedge off she would have been robustly built which would have made her ideal for using explosives as they did in those days of Oil Exploration rather than using the Air Pistols of today.
Anybody have a Fleet list of G.S.I. vessels please.
 

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Hi

I am Mike.I didnt worked on the Olsen but close by as her chaseboat.Maybe you guys remember this.I chased for many of the GSI vessels in them days
My boat's name was Jason.

p.s I also owned the Mike's Bar in Den helder...smiles
 

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G'day Mike, I think I did about 3 weeks on the Olsson in 1979,but we did'nt use a chase boat. I do remember having one pointed out to me in Den Helder , maybe yours.
Sorry didn't know about your bar so over the years with Delta on Caribe Tide & later the J.E.Jonsson we always went to the Rina bar. Rina was Indonesian so the satays there were fantastic!
 

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GSI M/V Bering Seal early eighties

This is for Boro lad:Like to know who you are as I worked with several North East lads under Doug McConnachie in the North Sea and Africa. Any body remember 'Doc Shock'?

Andy Hamilton (***bria
 

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J.E. Johnson and the Bering Seal

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
Hi Chris, I was on board the J.E. Johnson and took over from Ian Singer. The boat was crewed mostly by Canadians back then and the only place we worked was North of Shetlands. Names that spring to mind are Garry Michaels, aka Scooter, Tommy Ellis, Clive Berry and John Baxendale.

I was transferred later to the Bering Seal and was with Doug McConnachie, Mike Roberts, Steve Speed, Duncan Griffiths and others.
 

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In the 80's/90's I was GM to a large Warehousing & Distribution company in Stockton,very close to GSI Portrack Office...we were asked to store lots of 'not required this time' material which was never ever tidy stacked as they came,as later did Haliburton,and cannibalised equipment.

One afternoon we got an urgent call to say some containers would be coming in pronto and they didn't know what was in them as they had been forced to evacuate their Libyan operations in 48 hours! First one was all neat and tidy,second one a bit of a mess third one, a 40ft box, had miles of cables with things we didn't touch......they removed them quickly and left us to do the non-dangerous(!) unwinding....this gear was in store for a long time then they upped and left the area.

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For my sins I was responsible for positioning of all exploration operations for Shell Expro through the 80s from the North Sea borders, across the UK and 200 miles out into the Atlantic. We used the Karen Bravo, Bering Seal and the R W Olsen a lot and I did a few trips when we were developing new techniques such as 3D but in general I met the ships on mobilisation, crewchange or demob. Many happy runs ashore around Europe come to mind.

We did a run up the Humber stopping just short of the Humber bridge. We had organised this to the nth degree and informed the Immingham tanker terminals months in advance, confirmed days in advance with port authorities, pilots etc.that we would have high pressure air guns setting off every 7 seconds. As we approached Immingham we called up the moored tankers on VHF and got nonchalant, disinterested replies. As we passed the moored vessels and the sounds of the guns reverberated through their hulls all hell broke loose. People were running down gangplanks, pulling out fire hoses, sprinkler systems started up on the tankers. All sorts of abuse followed on the VHF. We had done our best to warn them. I remember the streamer tail buoy following the exact route of the ship one kilometre behind passing close to navigation buoys etc and recovering the streamer in a shallowing channel. Not for the faint hearted.

There was a ship manager I dealt with a lot, Simon Weston(?) I think. A nice bloke but very green and we opened up his education on a few nights out.
We put reps on board for positioning, JimScott, Jim Inghams, Richard Westcott, Richard Heathcote are some I can remember.
 

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GSI Bering Seal

Hello, I worked with Duncan Griffiths on the Bering Seal as well as others, Geoff Corkhill, Angus Stott, Craig Sommerville, David 'Doc Shock' Evans from Norton who sadly passed away several years ago and Phil from Salford who I had many adventures with.

Doug McConnachie who was the party manager with Dave Jefferies the shore side manager. Doug is on Facebook and is still in the trade, he's a Director of an outfit in Bristol, I have yet to contact him but will shortly.

We sailed the North Sea, Orkneys etc doing 3D shooting alongside the Baffin Seal with a guy called Andy Roff and then on to West Africa (Cote Divoire, Abidjan). I eventually went to the Middle East (Egypt, Gulf of Oman etc) on the Explorer and then on to the Far East on the R,C,Dunlap. If anybody remembers anything of the above I would love to contact them.

Cheers

Andrew Hamilton (dog house and back deck specialist.....)
 

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I was Chief Mate of the Bering Seal in the Winter of 1981. Started out in Hull, then based out Great Yarmouth, Den Helder, and finally Aberdeen. Did 3D work at the end near the Tartan and Claymore fileds.
The ship's crew was from the U.S., the survey party was a mixture of British, Canadians and Americans, and the cook was Irish. I remember Angus Stott used to visit the bridge in his off time.
I remember we binged watched Black Adder. I had never seen the show. We also had to medivac the company rep out via RAF helicopter after he had an attack of appendicitis and fell down the Wheelhouse ladder.
 

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Wallace Way - I worked on the J.E. Jonsson in 1983-84 in the North Sea. I was an air gun mechanic. Worked with Tommy Ellis and Robbie Mundey. Trying to get in touch with them.
 

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Hello Mike of the Jason 2,
Don't know if you will ever read this young man, but I am still on this earth.
Wishing you all the best, plenty of memories of the chase boats.
Sir Henry of the Protector.
 

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Hi Chris, I was on board the J.E. Johnson and took over from Ian Singer. The boat was crewed mostly by Canadians back then and the only place we worked was North of Shetlands. Names that spring to mind are Garry Michaels, aka Scooter, Tommy Ellis, Clive Berry and John Baxendale.

I was transferred later to the Bering Seal and was with Doug McConnachie, Mike Roberts, Steve Speed, Duncan Griffiths and others.
I was aboard the J.E.Jonsson in 1983-84. Was an air gun mechanic. Looking for Tommy Ellis and Robbie Mundey. Any chance you know either of them?
 

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Hi, I am trying to track down a photograph of a 1970’s GSI seismic vessel the MV Baranov. It was a converted American landing craft LCI(L) built for D day but never used in anger. He (Bob Spooner) was in the vessel briefly in the early 70’s (71 or72) until he was laid off in a typical downturn. At the time he was on it it used air guns (rather than dynamite). I was also a GSIer on seismic vessels from 1972-77 and served on Cecil H Green, Arctic Seal, Caribbean Seal and Carino a seasonally converted Sealer out of Halifax. Any help on a Baranov pic would be greatly appreciated. He has found plans of the original LCI(L) and as a skilled modelling hobbyist want to build a model of it. Cheers Phil
 

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I only worked on the J.E. Jonsson, F.J. Agnich and the Arctic Explorer which was owned by Carino. Worked from 1981 - 1984. Sorry I don't remember MV Baranov.
 

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GSI M/V Bering Seal early eighties

This is for Boro lad:Like to know who you are as I worked with several North East lads under Doug McConnachie in the North Sea and Africa. Any body remember 'Doc Shock'?

Andy Hamilton (***bria
 
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