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McDermott DB27
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No: 1344   Contributor: Julian Pedley   Year: 1992
McDermott DB27

Loading jacket for Al-Nasr for IOOC at Jebel Ali
Picture added on 24 September 2008
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I worked on this barge in early 80's - it was only a lay barge back then. It was the fastest pipe layer in the North Sea. It was known as the North Sea Cannonball amongst the lads.

Added by Anon on 29 October 2009.
I worked on the LB200 from 1980 -1982, on the FRONT END, hard graft, but good laugh, and good lads.

Added by Phil Devers on 29 January 2010.
How about the Jacket which The DB 14 installed for DPC Spring 1983. They had piled three & half of the 6 leg jacket in 120 ft water, before they realised it was up side down, took a long time to change the riser clamps.
I was almost on permanent contract to McDermott Dubai, having spent 8 months on the LB 26.
Till I fell out with Kensbock.
I was Hydrospace.


Added by Ray Fletcher on 29 December 2010.
This barge worked for us back in 1991.
McDermoott-ETPM executed the project.
A project, well done.
Jobran Owayshak (ETPM)was the project manager.
We missed Dave Loveluck and Dimitry Nickolic right after this project.

Added by Saeid on 05 August 2011.
Whatever happened to the McDermott DB 9 & 19 which were working in the Middle East in the 70's & 80's
they were old then, maybe scrap now!!

Added by Rod Cain on 27 September 2011.
I was an engineer/machinist on the LB27 as it was then from 74, just after it came from the yard in Japan, till Oct 78 - a time I look back on with fondness. Hard work, long hours but a good time.

Added by John Plane on 05 November 2011.
I did some NDT work (OIS) on the 27 in the early eighties - good fun and some good lads. Jeff Woodie was there, now Allseas, I'm semi retired and look back with a smile!

Added by Pete Ryan on 14 November 2011.
I was on Jet Barge 3 and 4, when they came over to the North Sea, 1974. Stayed on JB4 when we ended up in Dubia/Kuwait, in about 1984. Anyone know where it went from there? Anyone know what happened to the base in Haldia, south of Calcutta 1985.

Added by Graham Wallace. 1st Eng. on 05 February 2012.
Team 27 is in the Persian Gulf today (June 2012) kicking a$$ and taking names. working for Aramco refits on oil and gas platforms. Still a good barge and well maintained.

Added by Chris on 06 June 2012.
I worked on the bloody thing late seventies/eighties. Diving. Kensbook, bloody hell there's a memory for you. Tim Astely, Jim Montgomery, Dennis Berry et al.

Added by Russell on 11 September 2012.
Well, hopefully we remembered to turn the water off, before you guys did your bit, down under.
Where you one of those lost souls in SAT?

Added by Graham Wallace, 1st. Eng, steam plant on 16 September 2012.
Yes memories of McDermott Prima donna divers, not including Dennis Berry who was always good for a laugh on those "Big Green Bending Machines"

Added by Rod on 17 September 2012.
Rod I didn't work for McD's. Thank the lord! Subcontracter. Dennis Berry liked a tipple if I remember. Didn't he walk into the chief of police house which was next to McD's quest house rather worse for wear. We had a stinger break loose from the 26 in 150ft, Dennis came up to the surface riding the damned thing. Straight into the pot with him. Great bloke.

Added by Russell on 19 September 2012.
Russell yes Dennis certainly liked a drink and his escapades were endless. I worked with him on the DB7 in Egypt in the 80's subcontracted from Hydrospace fond memories indeed. Must be such a different world offshore these days.

Added by Rod on 26 September 2012.
I worked for DPC as a representative from '83 to '90 and I don't remember this installation although when I started at McD's yard on the Dubai creek we were not going offshore until '84, thank goodness.

Added by Dave Morris. on 03 December 2012.
Rod, I worked for Hydrospace as well. Started of as a gopher in the North Sea. So long ago I can't remember names!
Worked on the Castoro 5 where we used to run out of everything food and water wise. No mobile phones or internet then! I suppose working offshore now must be a doddle in comparison. Etpm 502 we used to have a wine waiter at meal time ffs! Anyone remember Toby Thorpe, barge superintendant? Charming gent!

Added by Russell on 12 December 2012.
Wow, just stumbled on this thread. I worked the CB9, DB20, LB26, DB27, DB29, Etc
Remember many of those names esp Jim Montgomery, Nige Firman, Tom Cumberland et al

Added by Martin Spiers on 28 February 2013.
I work on jet 3 for 3 year on the sat system nstss-6 as sat text
All ways on the barge good and rough sea




Added by O.P. chauvin on 10 September 2013.
Worked the DB 27 for fifteen years in the crane. Maybe some of you guys remember me. Dave Hodge. Retired from McDermott in 2005. Still in the game though, working For Swiber Offshore out of Singapore. New barge with new Model 80 AmClyde 3800 Metric Tons lifting capacity. That's probably me in the DB 27 in Jebel Ali.Worked in Middle East for about 25 years.


Added by David N. Hodge on 28 September 2013.
I commenced my offshore life on the Hugh W Gordon in 1976.
I came across Nigel Firman then, nice guy Nige.
I wonder where Nige is now.
I once remembered this chap, his name was Eddie, he was scared to death when the weather picked up or in the swell, never slept.

Added by John Furlong on 03 July 2014.
We are missing LB200 offshore worker.. I am pipe welder... since 78' to 2002 in ETPM internationl co. It's great world wide company

Added by Ahir from gujarat..indian on 02 August 2014.
some of the mcdermott divers were called the portsmouth mafia.they used to boast about their red ferraris. some of them were so far up themselves and some downright nasty. they was a deck forman on the 26 called donny, skinny, straggley beard, head to toe denim.he was ok.

Added by Russell on 10 August 2014.
Worked on the 27 when it was a grafter fastest in North Sea in Early 80/81/82 good laugh on this barge with fellow scousers but still got the job done

Added by Garry Robinson on 12 August 2014.
1980 - 1983. Northsea Cannonball.
60 days on 12 off. Hard work, but good craic, good lads, fond memories.

Added by Phil Devers. on 21 August 2015.
Once did 7 months offshore in middle East.lost about 4 stone in weight. There was a French Canadian lad did 9 months straight.just about sent us both mad!must have been 1978 for etpm, at least 12 hours a day, no mobiles etc.maybe got a letter every two months.

Added by Russell dent on 24 September 2015.
I run many an anchor for the DB27, Donny Bullock & Eddie Potter were the deck foreman, spent many happy years with MAC

Added by Willy Sutherland on 26 September 2015.
I was skipper on Jaramac 64, towed the 27 all over the Gulf, great barge to work

Added by Willy Sutherland on 26 September 2015.
aye donny, head to toe blue denim, straggley beard. He was ok

Added by Russell Dent on 29 September 2015.
john parkinron dulam diver subbie also db7 db19 mc derrmot great to work for

Added by John Parkinson on 26 June 2016.
Worked with the DB 27 in the Gulf as skipper on Jaramac 64, 65, and 22.

Added by Steve Kempley on 01 December 2016.
Just found this looking for something on the 29 going down, worked on the 15, 17, in Nigeria and FEA for McD's and client on 27. Great times and top guys, this post has brought back so many names, Dennis, Nigel Firman, Donny, Captain Spook and his Boy Chuck who I last worked with in 911. Ran into Carl Miller a few years ago in Dubai. I know a load of you will rember my old man Johnny Devlin from Aramco, sadly no longer with us.

Added by Steve Devlin on 08 February 2017.
I started with Mc Dermott International in Dubai in April 1992. I was recommended by my friend Billy Young-Rogers, I was in awe of the guys that I worked with during my time with Mc D, they all had a mountain of experience and worked bloody hard too.

Added by Paul Cook on 26 March 2017.
BYR as he was known told me some funny tales of when he worked for McD in the "good old days". Billy told me that he had to sit at the captains table at evening meal time where the 'cap' introduced himself as Cap't Eustace, Billy's first words in response were "useless, that's a funny name." Needless to say Billy only did the one trip on that particular barge.

Added by Paul Cook on 31 March 2017.
My old man Tony Allbut worked for McDermotts and many more.

Added by Robert Allbut on 28 December 2017.
Tony Allbut / Denis Berry / Spencer Chambers / Ted / Les Bing / Ali Bin Buchan / Martin Spiers / Stuttering Stan Firman / Dave Cumberland / Tom Cumberland (the Geordie Coonass) / Ghastly Astley / Mark Dryjas / Robert Huval / Toby Thorpe / Bobby Joe Kelly / 'Fat' Chance / Nick Sutton / Chris Hill / Tony Jacobs / Billy Hitt / Lawson Hitt / Donny Bullock / Glyn Jones / Andy Ferbrache and our good friend Herr Kensbock who had his teeth removed one night in the McDermott Guest House - 'Appy Daze

Added by Skyrynger on 29 January 2018.
Robert Huval was the DLB27 Superintendent after conversion. I was standing on deck with him when the Port 200t rail crane collapsed (operator error)and in his office a bit later on when he laid into the McDimwit's Dubai ops manager saying "I want you to send me another $200, 000 crane boom and another 10 cent operator"

Toby Thorpe was on the LB26 with half his family (Kenny Martin / Dub Martin etc)

Billy Hitt was originally on the DB1 then the DB19 with his brother Lawson.

Bobby-Joe Kelly (Mississippi stump jumper) was on the DB9 with Ed Baudry

Useless Champagne was on the DB7 in the Red Sea

Blackie Bergeron and his clan had the DB14 which was originally Milton 'Smitty' Smiths domain.

Who else?
Big Bob Evans (deck foreman)
Paul Toupes
Donny Bullock
Morningstar
Snake (welder foreman)
DOG big-rig operator (Duane Orville Garlington)
&
Colin Osborne
Dave Yates
Phil Barton
Willy Buselot
Hector George
Glynn Taire Jones
John Brice
Brian Phipps
Ghastly Astley
Martin Spiers
Nigel Lamb
Stuttering Stan Firman
Mike Perry
Dave Cumberland
Tom Cumberland (The Geordie Coonass)
A C Barnes
Alex Carruthers
Les Bing
Dudley Woolnough
Ali Bin Buchan
Tony Jacobs
Joe Putnam
Jock Butters
Ron Neville
Nev Fisher
Andy Ferbrache
Tony Allbut
Nick Sutton
Mark Dryjas
Tim Griffith
Gary Hunt
Terry Mulholland
Denis Berry

Chris Hill*
Brian Shepherd*
John Lyon*
Terry Dennison*
Steve Hardy*

And last but not least

Herr Gruppen-Fuhrer Kensbock last seen having his teeth violently removed in McDimwit's guest house opposite the Bustan Hotel in Dubai.

'Appy Daze



Added by Skyryng on 31 January 2018.
Robert Huval was the DLB27 Superintendent after conversion. I was standing on deck with him when the Port 200t rail crane collapsed (operator error)and in his office a bit later on when he laid into the McDimwit's Dubai ops manager saying "I want you to send me another $200, 000 crane boom and another 10 cent operator"

Toby Thorpe was on the LB26 with half his family (Kenny Martin / Dub Martin etc)

Billy Hitt was originally on the DB1 then the DB19 with his brother Lawson.

Bobby-Joe Kelly (Mississippi stump jumper) was on the DB9 with Ed Baudry

Useless Champagne was on the DB7 in the Red Sea

Blackie Bergeron and his clan had the DB14 which was originally Milton 'Smitty' Smiths domain.

Who else?
Big Bob Evans (deck foreman)
Paul Toupes
Donny Bullock
Morningstar
Snake (welder foreman)
DOG big-rig operator (Duane Orville Garlington)
&
Colin Osborne
Dave Yates
Phil Barton
Willy Buselot
Hector George
Glynn Taire Jones
John Brice
Brian Phipps
Ghastly Astley
Martin Spiers
Nigel Lamb
Stuttering Stan Firman
Mike Perry
Dave Cumberland
Tom Cumberland (The Geordie Coonass)
A C Barnes
Alex Carruthers
Les Bing
Dudley Woolnough
Ali Bin Buchan
Tony Jacobs
Joe Putnam
Jock Butters
Ron Neville
Nev Fisher
Andy Ferbrache
Tony Allbut
Nick Sutton
Mark Dryjas
Tim Griffith
Gary Hunt
Terry Mulholland
Denis Berry

Chris Hill*
Brian Shepherd*
John Lyon*
Terry Dennison*
Steve Hardy*

And last but not least

Herr Gruppen-Fuhrer Kensbock last seen having his teeth violently removed in McDimwit's guest house opposite the Bustan Hotel in Dubai.

'Appy Daze



Added by Skyryng on 31 January 2018.
I would like to catch up with my old diving Buddies who worked on the DB19 in 1977 in the Red Sea.I was working for a company called DULAM International. Paul Toupes was barge supperitendent.Divers...Roger Martin, Nev Fisher Dave Yates etc.

Added by Joe Wallace on 22 February 2018.
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