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Heather 'A'
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No: 552   Contributor: Gus Mackay   Year: 1985   Country: United Kingdom
Heather 'A'

The Heather Alpha with Flotel attached, presumably during hook-up.
Picture added on 13 December 2007
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The 'Floatel' attached is the Treasure Hunter, - the photo would have been taken around 1977, I have the same picture taken by one of the other lads who worked in this hook up. There was also a diving bell on board due to a mishap placing the jacket section where a hole was made in one of the tubular sections apparently whilst pile driving. The divers reparing this worked at around 400ft below the surface and had to remain at that pressure for few weeks at at time, hence the chamber.

The upside for us lads was that we remained working on the modules in Peterhead harbour for a good few months before starting the hook up on offshore wages and having a wild time of it!

The Treasure Hunter was also located at the TP1 on the Frigg Field prior to this and also later on the Cormorant, on both of which I was accomodated on the Treasure Hunter. I wonder what became of her?

Added by Tony Easom on 01 November 2008.
She was converted into a driller, became the Treasure Hunter , then Stena Hunter, Dan Princess, then Ocean Princess.

Added by Jay on 19 March 2009.
Do you remember Georgie Watts, Frank Keaton, Don Moseley, Ronnie Scott?

Added by Don Moseley on 25 April 2009.
I'm probably totally wrong, but around 1979/80ish the module installation phase seemed to come to a standstill for a long time. I was frequently flying over it bound for the Murchison. I think I heard a rumour that the dsf wouldn't fit onto the column tops without major redesign. Sounds a bit farfetched to me, but there again, I admit to being a bit gullible. Any truth??

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 31 December 2010.
Hi Alan, the module phase came to a stand still due to a pile driving error which punched a hole into one of the jacket legs. This was great news for the lads as the modules were towed on barges to Peterhead. We worked on them there earning offshore rates for three months and flying home (2 on 1 off) as per offshore trips. You can imagine the crack in Peterhead. circa June September 1977)

Added by Tony Easom on 02 January 2011.
Hi Don, do you remember me? Tony Easom from Manchester? I certainly remember George Watts, our superintendent, a hard man from Yarmouth or Norwich. Frank Keeting became my chargehand but I worked with him previuosly for Brown and Roote in Yarmouth and on the Ekofisk Tank. a little Irishman from London and a great fellah.
Do you remember Mick Hoy? A Chinese scouser who lived in Manchester, we worked together for many trips on the Heather another good lad, we all had some good laughs on that platform, when Wattsie wasn't watching!!.

Added by Tony Easom on 02 January 2011.
Hello Tony, thanks for your input but I'm still a bit puzzled 'cos in 1977 I was nowhere near the Heather as I was on Claymore until end of 1979 and only arrived on Murchison on new year's eve 1979. My story was definitely going the rounds at this time. Still, I'm the first to admit that my memory is going now. By the way, I also spent time in Peterhead (6/8 weeks. 1978) on Sedco 704 emergency demobilization but, as my marriage had just ended, my super, Joe Smith (Grootcon) said that I could stay in the Royal Hotel as long as I would make myself available through the night if needed. He paid me 18 hours per day, rig rate and told me to enjoy myself. I did a full 12 hour day shift and only got called out through the night once. And I didn't even work for Grootcon, although I was seconded to them for the duration of the Claymore hookup. Hey, i've just found this oilrig site and I'm really enjoying it. An old man's pleasures in past glories??? (wink-wink).

Added by Alan Clark on 03 January 2011.
Hi Alan, maybe my own memory of dates is failing although the sequence of events are correct, I spent a long time on that platform. We finaly went offshore in December 77 / January 79 working on the jacket installing stabbing guides and sea fenders etc, it was a good while before the modules arrived so maybe both our memories have crossed!
I'm not so young myself any more but also enjoy the nostalgia this site brings, wish it brought the money we earned again!!

Added by Tony Easom on 16 January 2011.
I was involved in the administration on this site. We all lived on the Treasure Hunter and arranged all the flights and crew changes into Aberdeen etc.

Added by Les Burrow on 15 September 2011.
I remember you admin guys, we were so jealous, we were always out there in the cold and you worked in that red container all the time! LOL

Added by Tony Easom on 16 September 2011.
Hi Tony, it wasnt always that great. I remember once or twice not being able to get enough time to replenish our buscuit ration :-). Although we were stuck in the office most of the time, we managed to put in plenty of long hours arranging flights, schedules, time-keeping returns and many more admin jobs. We always tried to make sure things went as smooth as possible for the "workers" and put their needs before our own.
I still have some very good memories of the times on the rig and think I remember some of the parties in Aberdeen when off.

Added by Les Burrow on 17 September 2011.
I was only kidding Les, and without you lads we may never have got off in time, and I wouldn't have liked being stuck in an office anyway!I agree with you it was a good rig to work on, do you remember the strike? A whole trip couped up in the cabins, it was murder, seemed to go on forever. Yeah the parties in Aberdeen were great especially when we couldn't get offshore due to either conditions and shortage of offshore accomadation etc. We didn't know we were born.

Cheers mate

Added by Tony Easom on 20 September 2011.
I remember it well. I worked for Hydrospace Diving at the time. Wasn't there a Spanish welder killed when a wire lowering a pile snapped. He was on the bearcage if I remember.

Added by Russell on 11 September 2012.
Wow this brings back memories it was december 77 when I went onto the Heather & was promissed 6 months work if I worked xmas & new year 5 years later I was still working for them I remember Mick Hoe biggest Jap I had ever seen with a Liverpool accent really funny. I also have that photo in my colletion & from memory Tony that was a hobby of yours taking photo's. I now live in oz but the memories of those days ( north sea tigers ) still linger on.

Added by Paul Glenton on 14 April 2014.
Worked on there scaffolding just after the strike for Rigblast

Added by Stewart Hatfield on 09 September 2014.
wasnt there a problem with the crane on the derrick barge. remember being towed back to rotterdam.there was definately a problem with the piling on the jacket.as I said before I worked for hydrospace diving at the time. you lads with your 2 on 1 off, lucky buggers, 3months at a time for us.

Added by Russell on 10 December 2014.
Worked at ardersier on modules for s.e.s. manpower Jan 77 till Aug 77 then went a few trips on hook up with mc millan offshore summer 78 the interesting thing about the Maureen was that the whole rig was manufactured at ardersier then pulled out on barge's.

Added by Terry mc feely on 30 January 2015.
Worked at ardersier on modules for s.e.s. manpower Jan 77 till Aug 77 then went a few trips on hook up with mc millan offshore summer 78 the interesting thing about the heather was that the whole rig was manufactured at ardersier then pulled out on barge's.

Added by Terry mc feely on 01 February 2015.
Hi everybody I took the photo. I used to bring loads back to the rig an pass them around for a small fee to cover the cost of the printing. I still have all the negs at home, also I
I took photos of the Cormorant alpha and the Uncle John which was alongside for a while. I was a fitter with Oceanic Offshore.

Added by Stuart Mitchell on 27 July 2015.
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