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No: 1253   Contributor: Brian Auger   Year: 2008   Country: United Kingdom
Heather Alpha (Petrofac)

Picture added on 25 August 2008
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My father was on there in the 80s as a sparkie but no sure what firm it was with, anyone mind him, Tommy Mackay from Wick?

Added by Angus Mackay on 30 August 2008.
My father was also on the heather in the 70's and 80's as a sparkie - Paul Caddick from Warrington. He is always looking for photos of the rig, anybody know where i can get some???

Added by Shaun Caddick on 08 December 2008.
I worked on the Heather on the hook up from '77 till '79 as a painter whith McDermotts UK, Aberdeen

Added by John Hassett on 13 May 2009.
Worked on here for the cranes changeout as deck crew with Atlantic. 2 new Kenz cranes will be up and running by the end of September 2009. Hello to the permanent deck crew boys.

Added by Shaun Wyllie on 24 August 2009.
I worked on here for the Hook up as well, then drilling, was a derrickman first, then AD, then Driller. One of the hardest rigs I ever worked on, a lot of people got hurt on this thing.

Added by Barry Summers on 03 May 2010.
Worked as Instrument Technician during hook up 1978-79 with Oceanic.

Added by David Robertson on 05 July 2010.
Shaun if you would like anymore photos of the Heather drop me an e-mail, I am on the rig this very moment.

Added by Gavin Neilson on 18 October 2010.
Angus Mackay, I knew a Tommy Mackay from Wick when working on the Heather, also worked with him at Dounreay. He was originally from Helmsdale.

Added by David Robertson on 20 October 2010.
I worked on the hook up of this platform as a pipe fitter for Oceanic in the seventies and stayed on afterwards during production.

Added by Tony Easom on 16 January 2011.
I worked on the Heather May 79 to April 82 roustabout to derrickman (Couldn't get much higher). Any of Stewarts clockwork crew readin this, 'Fit Like Ma Loon'? Best years, best workmates yada yada yada

Added by Scott Nicolson on 28 February 2011.
Message for Gavin Neilson....

It's Shaun Caddick here, yes, I would some current pics please - I cant get your email address, can you forward any pics to shauncaddick@btinternet.com

PS - He had a friend called Len Ademiak???? Anyone know him or what he is up to?

My Dad would be made up!

Added by Shaun Caddick on 03 March 2011.
Am trying to locate a Stephen "Robby" Robinson who worked on Heather in the late 80's, lived in Surrey?

Added by Lis Ward on 07 November 2011.
I think I know the Tommy Mackay from Wick. He was Thomas and was originally from Helmsdale. He died some time back but his wife still lives in Wick. His sister ran the post office in Helmsdale and retired recently but still lives there.

Added by Heather Mackay on 29 December 2011.
Anybody tell me where the Heather platform was constructed ?

Added by NewbyOnTheHeather on 23 January 2012.
The heather was built in Ardersier. When the jacket was launched they drilled into one of the legs whilst pie driving. The modules were then towed to Peterhead where we worked on them for around three months before going offshore. WHAT A TIME WE HAD IN PETERHEAD!!
Does anyone remember this when we all worked for Oceanic Offshore Services?


Added by Tony Easom on 25 January 2012.
I worked on the Heather for a time as deck crew then rig floor with Dan Smedvig - we installed the monkey board platform in the derrick. Someone wrote here that a lot of people were hurt on the rig, very true, one month they had an accident every day for the first 17 days of the month. Good bunch of guys worked there though.

Added by Dave Piper on 09 February 2012.
I worked on this rig for 11 yrs with many really good guys and some absolute wankers. I remember you Scot Nicholson. You actually tripped in 90 foot stand of heavy weight with double choke on the hand held run in rope with that mad bastard driller jack ........ How's it going your right a lot of people did get hurt remember the only person that fell from the monkey board and actually survived incredible. Whatever happened to Davy lapham

Added by Keith Wilson on 09 April 2012.
The guy who fell from the monkey board was called Bert, he was my relief and actually landed at my feet on the drill floor, amazingly he pulled through and went back to work as a welder or something for a few years. Nice guy and his crew were a good bunch of guys as well.

Added by Dave Piper on 09 April 2012.
I worked on the construction, installation, commissioning and production with a bunch of great GTS production lads. Tom Turner OIM

Added by Tom Turner on 24 July 2012.
I could answer a few of the queries about the Heather. The jacket and most of modules were built at Ardersier, the metering and flare modules at Burnt Island. The Jacket was launched mid 1977 and very nearly didn't make it as a winch broke and when the jacket was finally on the barge it went aground for a wee while. On installation of the jacket a pile was dropped resulting in a fatality and damage to one of the leg bottlenecks.

This is when I was instructed to go offshore and do something!! What a learning curve for a production hand from the gas platforms to take charge as the OIM. We had a great time but fraught with danger. I think the storms we had early in 1978 were the worst I ever saw. The waves were spraying over the Treasure Hunter and one night we had a couple of broken bones through lads being tossed about.

I remember the lads of GTS coming onboard Paul Caddick was one of them, they were great production hands making the best of what we had.

Although I was a designated OIM I mainly did production supervisor and relied on the lads very much. Those were the days as one says.

Added by Tom Turner on 25 July 2012.
I was on the original Oceanic hook-up crew from the start. I was kept on the platform a few years after production started I was a welder along with Billy Coulter from Kirkcaldy we worked under Eric Seikert the Austrian gaffer. Malky McDowell from Grangemouth was the pipefitter and Jim Spears the Mechy fitter. He was lost on the Piper Alpha explosion
many years ago but we had a great laugh doing 16 hour shifts with overtime on top as Eric called it, had us like bloody zombies at time.

Added by Brian Matchett on 26 July 2012.
Hi Brian

I don't remember your name or any of the others you mentioned (Except Eric of course)but it was a long time ago. I also stayed of for about nine months during production when every one else from Oceanic went over to the Cormorant. I was a pipefitter with Mick Hoy the Chinese scouser from Manchester!

Eric was a real mad head, he promised us some buckshee hours for working right through, when the job was done and all welded up we asked for the buckshee payment. He told our negotion powers were gone now ha ha. Only he get get awy with that and still make us laugh. Wonder what he's doing now?

I have a photo of a group of us on the well deck (A module I think), I'll try and upload it.

Added by Tony Easom on 26 July 2012.
I worked on the Heather from 1978 till 1983 with Smedies. John Robertson was the storeman and Watty Robertson was the deck foreman. Yes there were a lot of good laughs but a lot of mad twats as well. Did you remember the welder Bill Stewart ( the growler ) and Benny the welders mate, also buckled hole the rig electrician Dick Green. Ronnie Birse roughneck and Biffo a roustie. Auld Davy the crane op. He was a character

Added by Ian Muirhead on 27 July 2012.
Tony. I worked with Micky Hoy. The job you are talking about was when we were doing the first Christmas tree pipe work to bring the first oil up - we worked 30 odd hours on the trot to get the Lloyds certificate to bring up the oil, promised treble time and got a Philips76 cloth badge for our commitment. Where do you stay Tony it might ring a bell? Micky Hoy whaw there's a name from years back. One off the funniest guys I ever worked with.

Added by Brian Matchett on 27 July 2012.
I remember seeing all the drill crews at work but I was with the construction for Oceanic. you used to apparently compete with each other as to who could drill the most into the sea bed. It looked like hard and dangerous work, very slippy underfoot with what seemed to be the whole floor spinning round!

Added by Tony Easom on 28 July 2012.
Well Ian Muirhead, were you that absolute comedian Motorman? I remember the Tape measure two way Radio the retracting pound note you were a great Laugh tommy cooper type humour.i remember Wattie & John thick as thieves, good lads. I remember Ronnie Birse, went to the Imperial one Crew change Day and picked up as you do but this time she was absolutley Beautiful also in a wheel chair. on the rig he was asked what it was like he said do you recall rod hull and emu Especially emu's legs same, as much tact as an anvil he was a good lad though.Do you remember Fast eddie (Character) tam o donnell refferd his lovely wife as his spunk bucket deary me, Was'nt Biffo also A champion Ballroom Dancer Nice Bloke.im Living In oz Have two Daughters 3 Step Sons My wife is a real Cracker From Greece hence my expanding gut good to hear from You Ian love to hear from Ian Paddy Patterson From Gartly worked with him as Roughnecks for many Years, Ian McKay from Tounge Mad Bastard Many A Good Poaching Story and Wullie the Pirate, Great To Hear from You Ian speak again.

Added by Keith Wilson on 29 July 2012.
Hi Brian
I'm from Manchester, as I was then. Me and Mick generally worked as a pair of pipe fitters and traveled the same trips from Manchester airport, he was a bit older and more mature than me.
We were sent back to Aberdeen once to free up beds for some specialists. There was only two of us on the plane from Shetland and when I sat next to him he went ape shit claiming we always travel together, work together and sometimes share a cabin. Why don't I sit at the other end of the plane!! Ha ha.

Do you remember an Irish Guy called Frank Keeting or Frank Stanley from Derby or Big Wattsy a superintendent from Norwich. Big Rab Burns from Glasgow comes to mind too.

I need to upload that picture when I can locate it.

All the best

Added by Tony Easom on 30 July 2012.
Hi Keith good to hear you are doing fine. I did eventually get married to Carol and we have a daughter 22 years old. I'm celebrating my 59th birthday in August and 2 days later we celebrate our 25 wedding anniversary. ( scary ) Wattie Robertson, Pirate, and fast Eddie are all dead. Biffo the ballroom dancer will have to be shot, he is still going stong.I got interveiwed for a job back on the Heather about 2 years ago on the production side but I never got it as they were looking for a Lead Tech which I wasn't wanting because that's too much paper work. Better on the end of the flogging spanners even at my age.

Added by Ian Muirhead on 30 July 2012.
I worked on Heather Alpha as a Mudlogger working for NEC GAS - 1979 - Great times

Added by Ian Fawcett on 11 September 2012.
I was chef for about 4 years great time on this rig.

Added by Stewart O'Connell on 12 October 2012.
Greetings gentlemen, I too was on the Heather during hook up in 76/77, and the gentleman you refer to is George Watts the rigging superintendent, along with Eric 'the red' Siekert and pipefitting foreman Brian Swinburn and the late Barry Vince, my old man. Bruce Woods, John Kelly, Reg Phrang, Keego, Rod the nod Hadlow and the Gravesend mafia.

Added by Steve Vince on 17 January 2013.
Great pictures. Anyone remember Len Poskitt on Heather. What did he do?

Added by Logan Innes on 30 March 2013.
Hello gents,

Can anyone remember Mike Stone, he worked on the Heather from 1983-1992?

Added by Willem Balm on 01 July 2013.
I only just found out my Dad did a stint of 56 days straight on Heather back in the day, Ali Ross.

Anyone remeber him?

Added by Matthew Ross on 07 October 2013.
Hi all
Another Dan Smedvig hand here 79ish onwards. Ian I remember you as motorman, and Wattie deck crew gaffer, and Big John in the store. Also Jimmy Broon assistant driller, brankas & Wilson the welders, Big John Taylor assistant driller, Henke Plas driller, Danny Pokee Driller, Renus Mars Toolpusher, all us deck and drill crew - Monty, Brian Robinson, Mick Kenny, Brian Robertson, Sandy Frazer and many more. Great times. Just letting you all know that Toolpusher Jim Tucker died today. All the best to you all Joe Laughlin.

Added by Joe Laughlin on 15 November 2013.
Found this after watching a program on the tele about the piper brought back memories I remember a lot of the names listed many also forgotten does anyone remember the night the Treasure Hunter was pulled of due tobad weather & we had to fly of & on via helicopter & someones hard hat lifted of there head while getting aboard the chopper & hitting the blades we where all stranded for the night slept where we could ooooh the fun of working offshore.

Added by Paul Glenton on 16 April 2014.
The hard hat incident was I, m sure Micky Hoy his chin strap snapped and his helmet was sucked into the prop

Added by Brian Matchett on 01 May 2014.
After re-reading ALL the comments thought I would add one more, did not know Jim Spears had passed away in Piper incident was a good lad had the 3ltr capri & loved that car sorry to hear that. Bruce Woods was my welding foreman he bought the scimatar while out there his wife hated it, I also remember he used to work 18hr shift's & he used to get someone to wake him up with a coffee every day & they put sleeping tablets in it not funny. Eric what can I say we where working a late as normal put the kettle on for a coffee Eric poured the water into his cup I told him I had just put it on his comment back was " you can drink it quicker this way " what a guy & Hans Dyre the little big man in total control he put the lights on in the cinema & the comment was " little Hans make light work ". Also the incident when the sparky fell through a deck opening & they launched a boat from the Treasure Hunter to pick him up & at the same time the crane driver lowered a cage with a lead rope on & it wraped around the prop & when he lifted it up they all went in the water. There where a lot more incidents & I do remember half the coffee hut was sacked because someone complained it was to small & many many more where are all those people now. I am retired now after moving to Australia & working in many shops over here as welding / fabrition / piping supervisor / manager, but still reckon those days where the best THE NORTH SEA TIGERS will live on maybe only when the last one has gone. Pity we could'nt have a get together but we would be to far spread & from memory unless they have grown out of it there would be to many drunk's like what it was like at the Sumbra Hotel.

Added by Paul Glenton on 01 May 2014.
Ha ha. Oh dear, I have to admit to being the person responsible for this. It was Christmas of 1981, I was actually going on shift. Had Ii been going off I would have been a hero as no one else could go to work. I was stuck with the ones who couldn't get off and had to carry on working. As Moysie was the Chosen One, on that shift I was the Hated One!!!!

Added by Tony Easom on 02 May 2014.
Worked there during the installation as a diver for hydrospace, 1977? Was on board the mcdermott barge which was towed into rotterdam after the crane broke down (as far as I can remember) used to drink the home brewed in a dustbin and on the beach in rotterdam got hit by a copper with a truncheon. Was my fault.

Added by Russell dent on 05 May 2014.
Can anyone remember a stephen(robbie)robinson, worked on Heather 1989!

Added by L.Ward on 12 June 2014.
Dear Paul Glenton I also live in oz and worked on the heather for 11 years the crew I was with, hans vandyke Jim tucker john Robertson watty know any of them ?

Added by Keith wilson on 12 June 2014.
Morning Keith
No sorry do not remember any of them I was on there from 1977 / 1979 & the turn over of men was really heavy there one trip gone the next never seen again.
Does anyone remember the day we where going of & we where fog in & did not get of, while waiting in the " lounge " it came over the radio that our flight leaving Sumbra had crashed while taking off, it turned out that Shell had swapped flight's with ours because we where stuck. They tried to take of but had not removed the tail pin which stopped the vertical rear flap from swinging in the wind when parked up, it crashed while taking off on the runway that goes into the sea killing 17 from memory. It came over the radio with our flight number etc we all had to get on the phone & let our wives know we where okay ( no mobiles in them days ). And I remember coming into land at Sumbra in a snow storm in a helicopter & landing very heavy & the pilot told us that " that was close the hydraulics just packed up " any landing you walk away from is a good one. Also the time leaving Sumbra by plane one of the riggers ( who had a great sense of humour ) found the pilots hat & coat ( which he had left in the front seat ) half way through the flight put it all on & walked down the aisle asking if anyone knew where we where. The same bloke on another flight when the flight attendant asked " why do all want to sit at the back of the plane " answered " you do not see these back into hills " the real reason was if you got of first you got your connecting ticket for your flight home first.
Does anyone remember the poor lad who was told to go down to the spider deck all day during bad freezing weather with a broom to " repel any polar bears which might try to get on ". And the loud mouth who thought he was the best pool player in the world was fooled when he was asked if " he would like to join the pool team " & was told they where playing on the Ninnian that night & all he had to do was let his supervisor know he was leaving early as he was in the pool team, he nearly got the sack when he did just that, he was quite from that day forth. After the incident with the semi rig that turned over after losing a leg killing 127 " was out there that day on the Cormorant " one new lad was convinced by others that we had to sleep with our life vests on all night, his neck was never the same again " some people fall for anything ".
Time to go the sun is shining & the girls are on the beach " some things never change ".

Added by Paul Glenton on 04 July 2014.
I worked on the Heather from April 83 to July 86 as one of the Rig Electricians for Dan Smedvig along with Bill baker, George Patterson, Les Bell and Tony Robinson. there was a rig mechanic called John Fraser and Chief mechanic Les Payne. I also remember the welder Colin Riley from Bishop. Auckland . Some of the drill crew I remember was Bradford bill roughneck, Alfie town and Monty both derrick-man, Hans van dyke and Cappy Ensink tool pushers, My brother Ken was one of the company men along with Morgan Quenell. There was also an A/d called Dave Lapham , if I remember, whom I found in the switchroom up to no good (I'll say no more on that)

Added by Anthony Jones on 13 July 2014.
Drew Payne got me a start on the Heather ( drew now sadly passed away) the heed ( Ian Muirhead) still giving it jip wi Ensco .. Good man 😭....Watty Robertson was a wee Shit.. But only only his job and was a good pusher ... Remember A lot if names mentioned here.. Really takes me back😅... All the best everyone.. Take care Sandy Fraser

Added by Sandy Fraser on 07 February 2015.
Paul you brought back some memories there . The fitter with the pilots coat and hat was Drunkin Duncan from Liverpool heather Alpha bridge coordinator. He also had the tee shirt Hans Dyer bombed my granny, s house god they were all mad. Watch the sunburn Paul

Added by Brian Matchett on 13 February 2015.
I worked on Heather 1998 with Oceanic as Instrument Tech and remember the guy walking down the aisle of the Dan Air flight in Captains Uniform. Duncan St Clair was his name I think. As Brian Matchett says he was from Liverpool and worked at the bridge .

Added by David Robertson on 20 February 2015.
I meant to say 1978 not 1998 in my above comment

Added by David Robertson on 20 February 2015.
Brian you where right he was called Drunken Duncan & he also had a Tee shirt with George Watts is a great guy & then underneath in small writing it had " National Snot Gobbling Week ". Brian do you remember the nights out we had in Aberdeen while on the fire fighting course " Robert Gordan centre " I think remember the two sisters we latched onto I remember mine was called Mary, divorced & lonely we had some fun nights. From memory you could not swim & when it came to jumping of the top board I jumped with you to help & there was a big burly rigger sitting in the corner to scared to jump & he failed the course. Think you had Suluki's or something like that a racing dog from the East.

Added by Paul Glenton on 20 February 2015.
Worked at McDermott's ardersier jan 77 _ Aug 77 on heather modules with ses manpower then hookup summer 78 with McMillan offshore the interesting thing about the heather was that the whole rig was constructed at McDermott's. Pipe fitter.

Added by Terry mc feely on 23 February 2015.
Roughnecked on her with Dan Smedvig until we mothballed her, I think around 83. Wonder where the crew are now Brian from Consett, Stevie from Devon( I think) Mick a Leeds lad and Colin ( cookie) who went on a round the world trip and ending up roughneckin in New Zealand last I heard. And not forgetting. Albert the Dutch driller who was built like a brick shithouse, sure he was a body building champion but a true gent. Great times on there, anyone remember the mad water fights? Great times and equally shite times. Brian getting his foot smashed with the rabbit and Stevie getting a stabbed by a valve on the Christmas tree. Got a few pics from those days somewhere if anyone is interested


Added by Jamie McCluskey on 05 September 2015.
Hi Jamie,

If you have pics and don't mind emailing them, I'd love to send some across to my Dad - my email address is shauncaddick@btinternet.com many thanks


Added by on 09 September 2015.
I remember the last night water fights ...needed to be on your guard for the full shift ..mad times...water cannons on each corner of pipe deck were lethal...Guys..old Hank the dutch driller ...jimmy brown the AD.. Brian from Newcastle ..aye Mick the Irish skipper who done people out of cash ..promise of gold chains ..Rab Syme ...Ian Muirhead ( Taw) Ian Scollie ( now John Hall !) any pictures would be good.

Added by Sandy Fraser on 09 September 2015.
Hi jamie ,
I worked on Hearther 1978 and id love if u could e mail some photos if possible.
dnrob24@hotmail.com

Added by David Robertson on 09 September 2015.
Dear Keith Wilson,
I am Rieks Botter from Holland, I looked around on the www, and to find some info regarding the old days when I worked onboard of oil rigs and found this site. I believe I can put your name to face I have in my mind. I have worked on Heather A from 1979 to 1983, I started as Driller. I have worked with the following guys: Ian McKay from Tongue; Ian Paddy Patterson; The brothers Smyth, Pat and?; Alfie Town; Ronny Birse; Bradford Bill; The pirate, I don’t remember his name, but he was deck foreman if I remember correctly. Later I was promoted to NTP. Then in 1983 then I was transferred to the Hutton TLP. I see a lot of familiar names on this site, but can’t put the name to a face. I also have some photos; again I cannot put some names to it.
Regards
Rieks Botter


Added by Rieks Botter on 01 August 2016.
Worked on the Heather Alpha for 6 years from 1978 in the production department before leaving to work for Marathon Oil. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Added by John Oswald on 27 September 2016.
Worked on heather 1979, steward kelvin catering, it was my first job. Great times.

Added by Stevie Gallacher on 30 January 2017.
I worked on the Heather from 1978 till 1983 with Smedies Started as motortman John Macstay was the Chief mechanic. Dose any one remember the name of the Pension scheme Dan Smedvig had.


Added by Keith Roberts on 05 June 2017.
Keith,

I started in august 1979 and left Smedvig in 1995. I was TP on Heather; Hutton TLP; West Sigma and West Gamma.
Initially we had a Norwegian pension scheme named “UNI Forsikring”. This company is after a few take overs here and there, now named “Storebrand” I was entitled at 60 years of age to draw from this pension scheme now age of 70 I receive a monthly sum of money every month. Below some info for you.

Professor Koths vei 9,
PO Box 500
Website: www.storebrand.no

Later on we were transferred to a Scottish Pension scheme, named “Scottish Equitable”. Again, after a few take overs, it is now named “AEGON”.

Edinburgh Park EH12 9SE
Edinburgh (Schotland)
Tel: 00. 44.(0) 370.242.6789
www.aegon.co.uk



Added by Rieks Botter on 10 June 2017.
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