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No: 1730   Contributor: Craig Lang   Year: 1972

Craig says "This shows the original concept for the Apache in 1972 - a complicated $100 million dollar beast. My simplification while at Santa Fe, California, reduced it to $30 million. Apache has laid about seven billion dollars of pipe and has been widely copied now that the patent has expired. I was an apprentice enginefitter in Barclay Curle and Co Shiprepair Yard, Scotstoun West, 1952 to 1957, (you get less for robbery) - worked on everything from seavalves to main diesels and gas turbines."

The actual vessel can be seen in picture #134 and picture #1731.
Picture added on 16 April 2009 at 22:18
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I was in Australia laying pipelines for Esso Australia. At that time the vessel was based in Leith Scotland but went to Australia for that one job. By then Santa Fe had lost interest in offshore construction and sold the vessel to Stena and as I understand did well with it. It was unfortunate that most of the people associated with the operation left after the job was finished. Sad for the Santa Fe people but at least the vessel lived on.

Added by Steve Whittington on 10 November 2017.
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