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Noble Driller

Noble Driller

Date Added: 19 November 2011 Contributor: David Murdoch Year of Photo: 2011 Picture No: 2537

Taken May 2011 Signal shipyard, Pascagoula MS.
This is the old Kingsnorth UK, which has had various owners and names since then. She was Transocean Explorer for a while and spent many years rusting away up in Invergordon. Eventually sold to Frontier Drilling, and renamed Frontier Driller - they carried out major upgrade. Frontier was taken over by Noble.


I worked on the Kingsnorth Explorer the sister rig, that was around 1989. It had been Houlder Marine Drilling, it was a horrible rig. Comment left on 30 November 2011 at 21:44 by Jamie Harding
First semi I worked on in Invergorden, couldn't believe how high it was, me being afraid of heights. Soon got used to it though, first job paint the windwalls. Comment left on 22 July 2012 at 22:21 by John Brunton
I worked on the Kingsnorth Explorer (formerly Kingsnorth UK and then Transocean Explorer) back in 91 - 92 and again in 96, it was an old rig though had a good crew and had spent years working around Claymore on the Scapa template. I also worked on the sister rig Dundee Explorer (formerly Dundee Kingsnorth and then Sedco explorer and Pride's Sea Explorer) during the same period, again, an old rig with a good crew. Comment left on 23 February 2013 at 12:17 by Gary Bunting
I thought she would have been scrapped by now! Worked on Kingsnorth UK for 2 years 1983-1985 with Houlder Marine Drilling. Comment left on 26 February 2013 at 07:52 by Dennis Williams
Started out on the Dundee Kingsnorth June 1976 fo Kingsnorth Marine Drilling a Houlder company. 6 years before working on most of Houlders etc semis and jack ups also South China Seas in the 80's on Nan Hai 2 semi. Comment left on 11 March 2013 at 12:37 by Allan Winter
i worked in dundee kingsnorth and the kingsnorth uk as a roughneck from 1981-1986. hardwork but rewarding.met some really nice people.worked at the conoco field and many others. Comment left on 30 September 2013 at 22:15 by Len. C Lennox-gordon
Joined KUK in 1976 and left in 1980. Great rig then. Also worked on Dundee Kingsnorth, Ofelia, Shelf Driller, Uncle John and Oregis. Went from Kinsnorth Marine Drilling to Boulders Offshore - and lost track after that....
Comment left on 11 July 2014 at 20:11 by Mike Corrigan
My husband has worked on this rig for the past 8 years. Sadly, it has been cold stacked in Brownsville, TX. Comment left on 20 January 2015 at 21:54 by Joan Boggan
Brilliant rig and people good times!! Comment left on 12 March 2015 at 15:16 by Steve Sirrs
I worked on the Dundee Kingsnorth up to 1985. Can't find much about it now. Worked for Comex Diving. Anybody know what has happened to this rig? Just curious. Comment left on 22 August 2015 at 22:01 by Phil Mills
The Dundee Kingsnorth is presently Ensco 5002 and drilled a well in Russian Arctic, north of Wrangel Island in summer of 2015. Astonishing for a 40 year old girl.Check out Marine AIS if you don't believe it. Comment left on 13 November 2015 at 16:40 by Gordon Stalker
I worked on the land rig HMD1 and HMD2, then went out to kingsnorth uk and dundee kingsnorth, went down to work on the shelf driller back in the atlantic. Very deep water. Then went on the morecombe flame as an H.L.O and finished up to the shelf driller. Took voluntary redundancy when half of the rig were stacked. Comment left on 22 November 2015 at 19:13 by Len C. Lennox-Gordon
Smoked a lot of good weed on the dundee kingnorth way back in 1981 in irish waters. Great crew! Comment left on 14 September 2016 at 00:46 by Declan burke
Many happy years spent here on the KUK Comment left on 02 December 2016 at 22:17 by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle )
Many happy years spent here on the KUK. Comment left on 03 December 2016 at 10:30 by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle )
Happy days, first joined in December 76, Tunisia 79, then on to By Driller. Greg McLaren pusher, Comment left on 05 December 2016 at 11:31 by Ian Edwards. ( Bald Eagle )
I was a geologist on the KUK ~80-82, the only woman on the rig (or any of the North Sea rigs at that time. Guys largely didn't want to talk to me. I assumed they didn't want to be ridiculed by their peers Comment left on 19 March 2017 at 00:48 by June Gidman
Worked on board this rig back in 1996 , very good memories, still in contact with most people, Mike Thompson (Crane Operator) still visits me once in a while. Comment left on 20 October 2017 at 13:41 by Nosher
Great rig I joined it in 78, roughnecked with the Bald Eagle-Ian Edwards best times. Best people Comment left on 15 December 2018 at 20:16 by Sam Parkin
Good times, good crews. Comment left on 24 December 2018 at 08:23 by Ian Edwards
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