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After I left deep sea I ventured into the oil rig support industry. I was very fortunate to be posted to the Gabon where the sea is almost always calm. Do you know if there any photos of these supply boats in the gallery? I had a happy time on these vessels. I once remember having lunch and thinking I was in Kings Cross Station but one of the Offshore Marine boats had come alongside, she was fitted with a twin crankshaft English Electric diesel, same as railway locos.
 

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Did you ever sail with Angus MacLean? He went to Zapata Marine after leaving Ocean Fleets in 80/81, think he works for Lloyds of London now.
 

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hi CA, I only did 2 four month trips which I thoroughly enjoyed, (Soverign and Dominion Service). I didn't meet Angus Maclean though. I met Peter Harrison in Port Gentile and sailed with a super skipper, Mark Priddie. These Canadian boats were really good but didn't like the warm sea water.
 

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Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)
 

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I was Marine Super for Atlantic Richfield in Darwin and we had Zapata's "Navigator" drilling Timor Sea targets. I'd previously been Master of SL34 servicing this rig and Sedco 135G which I also looked after and moved. Navigator was a "rust bucket". Wayne xxxxx was the Zapata Manager and he seemed to enhance his income by buying/selling Timor Oil shares in bulk. When Elf-Aquitaine turned up as another JV partner they threw their hands in the air "mon dieu" was the most common shout from their hut.
Lotsa fun drilling offshore in the '70's.
 

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Punter are you aware of any photo's of Smit Lloyd 34 and the other similar vessels? I was on SL34 for a short while before moving down to Bass Strait. I enjoyed my time on Rig Tenders but should have gone to the P&O Company when I had the chance. Have never been able to find photo's of the Smit Lloyds that were here. I was also on Sedco 135G for a while, didnt enjoy it one bit! That was my last job at sea.
 

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Punter are you aware of any photo's of Smit Lloyd 34 and the other similar vessels? I was on SL34 for a short while before moving down to Bass Strait. I enjoyed my time on Rig Tenders but should have gone to the P&O Company when I had the chance. Have never been able to find photo's of the Smit Lloyds that were here. I was also on Sedco 135G for a while, didnt enjoy it one bit! That was my last job at sea.
Oz, if you go here you may find all that you need :-

www.images of ships.co.uk(Thumb)
 

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Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)
Hello Kiwi, I well remember your name but for the life of me just can't put a face to it !
I was cook on the Pacific and we took her from Gt.Yarmouth to Gabon and I can't remember when that was either . My discharge book is buried under mountains of new kitchen units that we are storing for our son. Anyway, Lennie Gillings was skipper and Dave Thomas was chief engineer, Henry Dalton was 2nd Eng I think. I remember taking stores for 3 other ships and feel pretty sure the Strait was 1 of them. Had a big BBQ the night we arrived ,on board one of the OSA boats down there. My mate was bosun on her at the time and the whole ship was invited to the the party. Didn't remember much about it at all but my mate said I had a good time and my head was able to confirm that. We would be at sea for a week and in port for a week. Never went ashore except to buy fishing hooks and that was only once.
I caught a Hammerhead shark while sitting on the hook at the J.W.Bates. Everybody was panicking to haul all the other lines in and then we got a call to go alongside. Lennie gave us all the time we needed to get the brute onboard and it was thrashing about the deck like crazy. By this time all the other lines were a birds nest . Dave Thomas came sauntering down the deck with a 28lb maul and soon took care of that. Both eyes went screaming up and down the deck like someone teeing off from 1st green. It tasted great on the Barbie. It lasted several days. The fishing was great and you could'nt move in our freezers for fish . The locals soon found out we had fish for sale and once alongside they would swarm aboard and and stick their names on those they wanted, they'd then return with cash in the evening and go home happy as Larry.It was a great 3 months and I enjoyed every minute.I sailed with you once or twice after that. Maybe it was the Cromarty as I was a long time on her but the old grey cells are in decay now and I don't remember too well .As soon as I can find my Disharge book I'll have a better idea. (Thumb)
Best regards Kiwi.
Gino.
 

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Hi Guys,

I was on the "Striat Shore" in Port Gentil for two trips in"79 then on the "Pacific Shore" and "Viking Shore" '80 then back to the "Pacific Shore/Service" as it was Zapped. I was 3rd Engieer. I still Remember the beer "REGAB" I think Hell it was awful.

Cheers, from JollyJack

Aka. Kiwi also Geoff Chowles(Jester)
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Dave Thomas here.

ChiefEngineer of Pacific Shore/Service. Remember you well Kiwi and Gino. Had great and happy days . I too returned deep sea after being zapped . Sailed last few years Blue Star now retired.

Would like to hear from you all .

Dave
 

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Yes, the pacific shore.Was Dennis the skipper? Brewing beer in his shower, and arguing with Mick the hat, down the lift shaft to the galley?I was prob your relief.Rgds Phil
 

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Anyone remember me in Offshore Marine or Zapata?

Ch Mate on Viking Shore, Skipper on North Shore, Fastnet Shore, Orkney Shore, Paramount Service.

Who is Howardang? We must have been together in Pauillac - I saw your post mentioning your year on the Gironde with Fastnet Shore & Cromarty Shore - I was skipper on Fastnet for the rig move out of there to Gijon, Spain (it was my first rigmove)
 

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Zapata Marine Offshore, US

I don't know what made me think of it, but I worked on The Liberty Service, one of several @ 210' Offshore supply boats built for the planned New England offshore drilling @ 1978.

Captains were from other supply boat companies , like Euro-Pirates, Tidewater, Seahorse... Dutch Smeal, Curtis Miller. They were characters and very good boat handlers.

We worked in and out of Davisville, RI, Halifax, NS and St Johns, Newfoundland.
Great Gig! while it lasted.
When drilling was prohibited for the Georges Banks fisheries areas, the supply boats packed it in and headed to Europe (Tunisia) and were re-crewed.

Best Regards,
ADC
 

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Memories!
I sailed with Zapata '79 to '83, Mate on Regal and Royal Service, and sailed as Mate on run job from St. John's Newfoundland to Tunisia on one of the US flagged Liberty class. I remember Curtis Miller well, when he was sailing out of St. John's, in the early eighties there wete at least four of this class working offshore Newfoundland
 
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