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Claymore Alpha
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No: 986   Contributor: Alf Cooke   Companies: Talisman   Year: 1980   Country: United Kingdom
Claymore Alpha

The first work crew to cross from the accommodation barge to the Claymore, notice all the brand new ovies etc. and all the piles of parts and equipment ready to go on board. Cannot remember the name of the barge but it was a real bug hut, it had a storage space cleared out and 12 bunks put into it, even the money could not keep me there
Picture added on 29 April 2008
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Was it the MSV Tharos? I was on the Claymore (Rig 41) from 1979-81.

Added by Darren Hussey on 10 July 2008.
I don't know if Tharos was there at that time, but I was on board Tharos in the early nineties and she was at the Claymore the whole time.

Added by Alex on 12 April 2009.
I served onboard thed MSV Tharos (Radio-Officer) for approx 1yr after she arrived from Japan. Am seeking photos of her - will pay for them.

Added by Tom Dornan (Belfast) on 09 October 2009.
Hi Tom. I may have a photo of Tharos in the form of a post card. Give me a couple of days to find it and we can work out a way of getting it to you. No fee.

PS when did you work on Tharos?

Added by Alex Gordon. on 10 October 2009.
Alex Gordon fm To Dornan, cheers for the offer for the photo much appreciated, I joined the Tharos
29.08.80 (Forties A..) left 08.06.81 (Forties C)
with RadioMan intl 4 wks on 2 wks off....then left to work down in Congo with R & B..

Added by Tom Dornan on 12 October 2009.
I think the tub alongside for Claymore commissioning was the Sedco 707.I worked Claymore from '79 till '99 Oxy operations supervisor.

Added by Mike Pearson on 06 December 2009.
The picture belongs to the laybarge Viking Piper.

Added by Ron on 01 February 2010.
I'm baffled. The barge is definitely the Viking Piper but if 1st. construction crew I would probably be on that pic as I was part of 1st. crew change to replace the James Scot TL crew who came out with the modules and did in excess of a month aboard. So this pic has to be from October 1976. As I've said elsewhere on this site, I was instrumental in setting up the plant and welding machines from scratch. Got lots of tales to tell from this job as I was on it for 3 years. Anybody remember Sacker Jack? Hows this for a parade of names. Joe Smith, George Champos, Pete Abba, Gene Crick, (Yank) Bill Taggart, Jerry Cane, Bob Smith. All Grootcon construction gaffers I worked for. Then for James Scot, my company, the Patterson brothers, Bob Gonzalez, John Scot, Oh bugger, too many to mention. Can anybody recall the lifting barge?? I've forgotton.

Added by Alan Clark (Oilslick) on 31 December 2010.
That picture was the VIKING PIPER, I was the barge master for the duration of the hook up for CLAYMORE. With 400 personnel on board at any one time, it had a lot of personnel on rotation over the period of the hook up. There were a lot of different contractors on board as well as the VIKING PIPER crew. Lots of interesting times spent on board and lots of surprises and how well the Piper withstood some of the winter weather.

Added by Capt J P Lyons on 25 February 2011.
Hi everybody, Claymore guy here. Alan, I remember you well, I worked for M&A the instrument guys taken over by James Scott. I remember Bill Taggart as well, got a bollicking off him once! Not to be missed ha ha! Does anybody remember a fellow called Black Darcey? or is my memory playing tricks with me?

Went out in Nov 1976 and did a couple of years or so, Viking Piper was the biggest thing I'd ever seen but so stable we never pulled off for more than a day. oh how we laughed!

Didn't Sante Fe take over VP? Seem to remember food went down the nick....

Lived on Sedco 704 for a bit as well does anyone remember that ?

I was only 22 at the time and looking back I think the North Sea made a big impact on my life....strangely feel proud to have done it

Hard work but great days,

Added by Mike Beck on 04 March 2011.
I was on the MSV Tharos, from Feb 1985 until Oct 1985, prior to that I was on the LB 200 which was operated by McDermott International, formerly know as the Santa Fe Viking Piper.

Added by Richard Butler on 31 March 2011.
One of the funniest incidents I witnessed when I was on the VIKING PIPER was a subcontractor working in a fabrication area using a spirit level !!!!Its difficult to use a spirit level on a floating unit .He looked surprised when I explained about the vessel movements. The VIKING PIPER was a very stable rig but not as stable as a ship yard.
I also recall safety drills, very difficult as most hook up personnel were from a ship yard background and liferaft drills were new to them. In time companies trained their personnel but in the early hook up work training of crews was basic to say the least. But in time all personnel working offshore had to be trained prior to offshore duties. In my years I saw major upgrades of offshore safety.

Also at that time there was discussions to upgrade the vessel from 400 personnel on board to 800. It was difficult with 400 on board it would have been terrible with 800 on board. I as barge master advised against such a change.
Must say I enjoyed my years on the VIKING PIPER when Viking Offshore operated the vessel but found when Santa Fe took over everyday running of the vessel changed and as one reader stated the food standards dropped. Sub contractors became the norm. Enough said.

Added by Captain J Lyons on 11 April 2011.
I have deck photos of the Tharos showing the robotic mini diving vessel and other things. I was a Day Cook and Night Cook Baker on the Sedco 704 and the Msv Tharos from 77 to 82. When they used to be the hotel rigs feeding the "bears" for the workers on the Forties Alpha the Piper Alpha. The galley on the lower deck on the 704 was amazing small with 4 Spanish stewards to feed 300 people! Good job I could speak Spanish and Glaswegian. he he!

I'm s veggie now and what ignorance I had about it then. One of the bears was a veggie who was always asking for veggie dishes.

Added by Peter Bowman on 02 November 2014.
I worked on the Claymore as a welder for AOC from about 1989 till just before the new accommodation,
There was a good squad of lads more like a family.The likes of Tam buster Clarke. Alex the wasp.Big Ron. Jim Black. Tam Breen. John The pussy cat McLaughlin and so on

Added by Eddie on 24 November 2014.
I worked on tharos as a chef for universal services, duke of Edinburgh visited with red adair. Anybody know roughly what year i'm thinking? 1981-2

Added by Peter Beaton Garden on 07 March 2015.
feb 7 1980 the duke of Edinburgh visited tharos thanks for your assistance.

Added by Peter Beaton Garden on 12 March 2015.
The photo is definitely not the one I worked on Tharos 84 to 85, when mc dermott took her over.

Added by Richard Butler on 29 May 2016.
Hi All,
I was the rig welder onboard for a short period, along with fellow welder Harold horne .

Added by Ian Shand on 25 May 2017.
My brother and I were on Claymore hook up with James Scott as sparkies sackem Jack was Jack Hislop the accomadation was VP Sedco 704 and does anyone remember the diving decompression chambers used as beds on the pipe deck Sedco 704 had wooden cabins on deck and when flare got to hot someone put the fire hoses on then to cool them down we woke up in 6 inches of water on the cabin floor.

Added by Alex Smith brother is Bob Smith on 20 October 2017.
I worked for Universal Services Inc too. I was on my two weeks off when Red Adair visited. The MSV Tharos was pretty jinxed being present at the two worst oil rig calamities ever, the Piper Alpha, and the other was it being the drilling rig that got hauled in for repairs from Hurricane damage the autumn prior to the deepwater horizon taking over!

Added by on 24 October 2017.

Added by Tony Boland on 27 October 2018.
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