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Viking Piper, Claymore and Sedco 704

Viking Piper, Claymore and Sedco 704

Date Added: 30 December 2010 Contributor: Alan Clark (Oilslick) Year of Photo: 1977 Picture No: 2342

Date unknown, but probably summer 1980. Official SOS pic distributed to construction crew. Viking Piper, Claymore and Sedco 704. When the Viking Piper arrived from the Mexican gulf it held the world record for pipeline laying speed. It had only laid 60 miles of pipe at this time. At about this time the left hand crane came off its tracks when it ran over a gas bottle lying across the track. Rumour had it that the driver was sacked before he got out of the cab. And YES, I spent time in the notorious 10 man potato store. Got a GREAT story about construction pipe welders (sacked) who were using the fab shop machines on the VP. Trouble is, I can't remember their names!


Did a couple of trips on Claymore, we were living on the SEDCO 704, however I was involved with the accomodation module installation on the SEDCO earlier in the year with Brown and Roote. Travelled with the SEDCO Piper Alpha at one stage, that was some sight at night as production was running and both flare booms were burning. Sadly in later years there was a serous accident. Comment left on 16 January 2011 at 20:26 by Tony Easom
I think the photo pre dates 1980, I would guess at 1976 because the flare booms had not been lifted on so it must be before 1977. Comment left on 04 March 2011 at 09:25 by Mike Beck
Re photo [ I would say it must be 1976 ] I have just taken out copies of my cvs ..used in later job applications [ which seem to back that up.why the hell do we keep these things]...i was on the claymore/sedco704 ...right up untill the
nightmare operation of towing to peterhead and the accomodation ..strip out ..in which two giant
cranes fell into the dock during the strip out ...we had many happy days on the claymore hook-up ..unfortunatly a lot of the good lads were later lost on the piper-alpha disaster ..myself 76 yr and more of the lads I keep in touch with in lowestoft are still keeping well ..cheers to all my old offshore friends ..and a long deserved life ..brian
Comment left on 17 January 2012 at 12:22 by Brian Parr
I was a young lad of 20 when I was given the oportunity to be a welder fabricator on the Viking Piper it was brand new and hadnt laid a pipe yet. genman crew american construction crew my father in law blew up the dope boiler and was immediatly sacked. I carried on working for the next ten months in the North Sea with a bunch of Vietnam vets and had a great time - miss the whole thing, I'm now 57. Comment left on 24 April 2012 at 22:16 by Mike Coxon
I was on the Piper in 78-79 I think? On the Ninian Central hook up. Happy days. BTW I am working in the middle East now and we are still using Billy Pughs! Comment left on 25 April 2012 at 15:57 by John Maclean
The Billy Pugh brings back memories of the Ekofisk Tank and refitting Sedco 704 for Brown and Roote!! Happy days Comment left on 30 April 2012 at 18:17 by Tony Easom
Had a full trip living on the piper after 1977 when a storm caused the loss of all the anchors and we ended up miles away. we spent the rest of the trip ( 17 days ) playing cards till our chopper home. Worked for Malcolm & Allen at the time. Spent one night on the 704 prior to the storm. Comment left on 25 February 2014 at 20:14 by Paul Lewis
Trabajé en el creek y Apache del 1976 al 1980 Comment left on 19 December 2018 at 19:55 by Antonio
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