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In late 1999, I tied up alongside a rusting hulk in Batam that looked familiar. As I walked along the quay on the way to the bush bar, I saw the old name still visible forward, Viking Shore (I think) so had a look aboard. She had been more or less gutted and 2 Allen Diesels in bits on the plates. Apparently the cowboys who owned her bought 2 but could only get one going by cannibalising the other. She was a very depressing sight. the last time I had been aboard was in the late 70s when she did her bollard pull test in Devonport Dockyard. It appeared impossible to obtain spares for Allen Diesels in the Far East any more.
 

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Ice breaker.

Indeed she was - she started life as the Polar Shore, built by Cochrane's, Selby in '71 for Offshore Marine (OSA).

She became the Ocean Foxtrot in 1995.

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Jonty
As I think I remember. The Polar shore was sister to the Bay Shore and had English Electric diesels. The Polar bad ice breaker class and CP props. In 74 she was damaged breaking the ice to open the harbour in St Johns. I was Chief on the Bay Shore and she was great Tow Boat.
 

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"Not for getting the Cathedral Class ,
Mercia , ***bria , Anglia Shore , have pictures and sailed on all three.."

Mercia , ***bria , Anglia Shore were the Kingdom Class, the Cathedral class consisted of the Norwich, Cambridge and Durham Service.
 

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The majority of ex Offshore Marine ships are still working. Here are some that I know of. Suffolk Shore is now Asian Warrior, Lundy Shore is now Amarco Lynx, Forties Shore is now Amarco Leo, Cromarty Shore is now Fol Jura, Norwich Service is now Red Sea Norwich, Cambridge Service is now Sea King, Mercia Service is now Mercia, ***bria Service is now Cape ***bria, Channel Shore is now Sir Raphael, Pacific Shore is now Sea Giant, Cape Shore is now Africa Support 2
 

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Photos of towing icebergs

Hi there all,
I towed icebergs while on the Shetland in 1975. I never did get the photos I was supposed to. Now I live in Yuma Arizona which is in the desert area and the locals think I'm nuts when I tell them about icebergs being towed. Does anyone have any pics. they can share?
I have photos of icebergs being towed. Alan Knight.
 

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Leonard Dawson

Hector Gannet sank after going to the assistance of the crew of the platform Hewitt A after a drilling accident lead to a blowout in november 1968. The ship had gone alongside the platform to help with the evacuation and was blown alongside and holed in the bad weather. She turned over and sank within 5 minutes. An RAF helicopter took photographs of the tragic accident as it occurred.
The Boston Hornet took over the rescue and saved 16 people.
The men lost were.
George Goodison Mate. Thomas Grimes AB and Leonard Dawson Engineer.
All were as previously stated from North Shields.
The blowout on the platform was eventually brought under control by the (now famous) Red Adair.
It was an incredible feat of bravery that the ship undertook the rescue and a local tragedy that is still know about today.
I knew a Len Dawson from North Shields. A heavy set guy. I think he
Had been on trawlers and then went to the Salvesen Fairtry factory boats. I heard about the sinking but had no idea he was one of the lost.
 

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Hello. I have just joined. I am trying to get together photos of all the ships/Rigs I was on. Does anyone have a photo of the MV Atlantic Shore and East Shore. I was also on the South Shore in Venice. Atlantic Shore in Chittagong. Pacific Shore out of Middlesbrough. North Shore/Suffolk Shore out of Grt Yarmouth. Then took Atlantic Shore to Lome(Togo). Then Atlantic Shore from Singapore to Darwin. Then Darwin to Balik Papan. All this from 1968-71
 

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Hello, the east shore can be downloaded from "Old ship picture gallery"Which is online I sent it to them recently. Also I will upload it to the gallery on here. Are you aware she went down with all Hands In the meddy back in the 70s
 

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offshore marine

read lots of replies
I have the official brochures issued by the company of every ship and also History of Cresent shipping Cunard with details of the fleet
Made a data base
 

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offshore marine

Joined in 1978 when i came ashore and sailed on many of the OM Boats allover the North sea, Gulf and Africa. Was there when sold to Zapata.
Also sailed on Svitzer Mercator, the old Cape shore
Crescent shipping lists the original fleet but does not mention Petrel, Tern or Hector Gannet of which i have photos.
Their first supply boat was a coaster belonging tothe founding company.
Faience.
 

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Polar Shore/Ocean Foxtrot

"Polar Shore", latterly in Canada (where she took part in the deep-water salvage of the oil-barge "Irving Whale") as "Ocean Foxtrot", has now sailed to the Caribbean, under the St. Vincent & Grenadines flag, but still with the name "Ocean Foxtrot".
 

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Dogger

Photo of ex Dogger Shore/Dogger Service when name changed to Dubai Star. Taken about 1991 in Warri Nigeria. Astern of the Dogger (if I remember correctly) is the Viking Service and Thor Service which were renamed as Damas Sky and Damas Horse.
 

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Re photo I posted of Dogger Shore/Dogger Service/Dubai Sky/LuLu (now in Iran) the vessel inboard of Dubai Sky appears to be of the same design construction as the Shetland Shore/Service.
 

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Zapata bought Offshore Marine in mid-1980, just as I resigned from the "***bria Shore", where I had been First Mate with Capt. Albert Hodgson, to join Balder Offshore Canada Inc, as Master. I saw the Scotia Shore and Breton Shore (built in Pictou, N.S.) in Eastern Canada. They became seismic ships "Fred J Agnich" and "Edward O. Vetter", and one came back to Canada as Secunda Marine's "Cabot Sea", which was subsequently sold to Panama, and last heard of in Nigeria. I also see the former "Polar Shore", which now lives in Quebec as "Ocean Foxtrot". Alan Knight.
I joined the Suffolk Shore on 27/12/80 and paid off 5/1/81 and in that period it had changed from Offshore to Zapata. Re signed on her 6/1/81 to take her to work out of Sfax, Tunisia.
 

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dorset-john. AKA John King

I started work at J Bolson and Son Ltd in 1965 as a callow 18 year old apprentice when they were just finishing Yard No 552 "North Shore". In 1966 they built a near sister vessel with a few frame spaces removed from the parallel mid body to reduce the length.

This was Lady Brigid.

I still have drawings of both vessels which I can share.

Much later in 1983 I was working in Sharjah and Lamprells owned the ex North Shore. She was at the end of her life.

In 1971 I had finished my apprenticeship and left Bolsons to join James W Cook and Co Wivenhoe Ltd as Assistant designer.

Bolsons were building one of four identical Supply Vessels, Bay Shore.

Island Shore was built by J Samuel White at Cowes and the other two were built at Cochranes Selby. I can find out the names. the three yards worked from the same set of drawings.


I will close this thread at this time and try to find more details.

I am encouraged that there are still sad old farts like me that remember all this!

John King
 

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Hi John, that's a name that bring back memories Lady Brigit. We were sent to a place called Imuiden in Holland to collect testing equipment for the Staflo drilling rig in what was later called the Fortes Field. they had just discovered oil.
 

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