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Bluewater 3 drilling rig
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No: 2938   Contributor:   Year: 2015   Country: United Kingdom
Bluewater 3 drilling rig

The Bluewater 3 semi-submersible drilling rig is towed out of Peterhead harbour in 1974.
Picture added on 10 April 2015 at 14:17
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Was on board as a yank trainee, roughnecking at the time. Anybody know where Ben White (TP) is these days? Hi to any of the guys who were crew members at the time-Bob, Jake, Ian, Terry, I know John Richardson was lost long while back.

Added by Dave on 27 September 2015.
I did computer simulated structural analysis of this rig in the 70's to determine if it could survive the North Sea. Just watched the movie Deepwater Horizon and thought about this rig. Wonder if it is still in operation.

Added by Jim on 07 January 2017.
I worked on the Blue Water 4 with my Dad Curtis Toche with Sante Fe Drilling He was Marine Superintendent.

Added by Danny R Toche on 21 February 2017.
This vessel was sold I think for scrap in the mid late 1980's. It was a somewhat sad ending. The rig was in Trinidad and was towed to Curacao for a refitting of about six million dollars (I was the accountant assigned to the job). The rig was returned to Trinidad and worked about six more months then went idle and never worked again.

Added by Steve Whittington on 14 June 2017.
My Dad Harold Lambert was the Mech/Elect of this rig in Trinidad and Aberdeen. The 3 was the "little GIANT" of the rigs of the day. It drilled further North later in the year than any other rig of that time. It drilled the first well of the Brent field and set many many records. The men that crewed this rig in the early 70s were straight up badasses. I, Jeff Lambert, worked on the 2 and the 4 as well as other rigs before leaving the patch in the early 90s.

Added by Jeff Lambert on 02 July 2017.
i went out with bluewater fouron its first job with exxon put in several years on her, , pretty nice a little bit bouncy in rough seas

Added by Billy Wilson on 04 July 2017.
I worked with Harold Lambert in 74 he came from Alabama. Everit Bennet was the TP happy days.

Added by Gary Montgomery on 24 September 2017.
I worked on BW3 in the 70's and remember the 3 Yank trainees mentioned in the first post: Dave Herndon, Steve Yorke and Dave Deslauriers(?)What happened to John Richardson, Dave? You said he was lost? TP's of those days included Johnny Clower, Everett Bennett, Vernon Fregia(?)Drilled a lot of the Thistle wells... most northerly at that time... Supt. was Jim Blue

Added by Bob Simpson on 01 November 2017.
I was on the Bluewater 4 when you were there Billy Wilson. Remember one of the crane operators nicknamed Squeeky. We ended up sitting in Sabine Pass at the end. I remember Dick Black and Moe Early showed up when we finally shut the rig down completely.

Added by Danny Toche on 02 November 2017.
I have met some of you guys, Danny I was in the Lafayette La Santa Fe office with your dad and we met once when the BW 4 and M3 were stacked in Sabine Pass. Billy, we were in Lafayette at the same time and Bob if you were the operations superintendent on he Pacnorse when I was in Malta and Brazil we met in Malta.

Added by Steve Whittington on 02 November 2017.
The one thing that I forgot to mention, sadly all of the Blue Water and Mariner rigs were sold off as scrap during the late 1980's. It was sad to see them go that way.

Added by Steve Whittington on 02 November 2017.
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