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Unusual Driller
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No: 1754   Contributor: SKY HU   Year: 2009   Country: China
Unusual Driller

The contributor says: "A rig belong to Sinopec, China."

This driller seems to be a floater based on a catamaran made from two normal sea-going hulls. How did it maintain position? Anchors, or some kind of early DPS? Any idea when this photo would have been taken?
Picture added on 06 May 2009 at 08:17
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The rig made in 1974. Now, she were out of commission.

Added by SKU HU on 06 June 2009.
Isn't this the C E Thornton previously owned by R&B?

Added by M Sharples on 26 February 2010.
Not the C.E.Thornton. She was one of two purpose built catamaran Drillships for R&B.
She was involved in a dispute between Suriname and Guyana in 1998.


Added by O.M.Bugge on 09 February 2015.
This is the E.W. Thornton - 1960's drillship. I think it was scrapped, last heard of (by me) in Egypt.

Added by Malcolm sharples on 12 February 2015.
Worked on the E.W Thorton in approx 1966-67, wondered what happened to it

Added by Darryl McGowan on 10 May 2016.
This is the the E.W.Thornton. I worked on it from January 1970 to 1984 as welder, motorman and later as Mechanic.

Added by Manfred Schwausch on 18 July 2016.
This is the E.W. Thornton. I worked on it from January 1970 till approx. 1982, first as welder and motorman, then as mechanic. Tool Pushers were Amos Wagoner and Virgil Blackburn. The first two years we were operating in Burmese water.

Added by Manfred Schwausch on 18 July 2016.
Sorry folks this not the e w thorton her derrick was aft. I know because she went to Mexico when new and I dove from her in hardhat recirculator in 1963, 64 then on to australia and we drilled smack on top of the barrier reef.

Added by Erik Geerts on 14 August 2016.
My apology. I was a bit hasty in my evaluation. Eric Geerts is correct, this is not the E.W, Thornton.
The derrick on the Thornton was aft and was laid on the heli-deck during long voyages, the engine in the port hull, fwd. section where the funnel levelled out with the heli-deck. As the engine fumes often drifted over the drill floor, we later built an about 15ft high angular funnel. Propulsion was by two electro motors.


Added by Manfred Schwausch on 28 August 2016.
I have a photograph that my father took of the E.W. Thornton from the helo, and aproximately 30 others of the rig and the drilling operation in February 1967 when it was off of the coast of Guyana.

Added by Christy Etter on 19 November 2016.
I was a driller on the Thornton just after it left Australia for Indonesia. I left it early 1969. It was my crew that all drowned in that stuped accident with the crew change boat!!



Added by William E. Gifford on 31 December 2016.
The EW Thornton was build in by Oilwell Division of U.S. Steel in Livingston Shipyard, Orange, Texas for Reading & Bates. This is not a correct pix.

I worked the summer of 1965 and was on the Coast Guard sea trials for 3 days in Gulf of Mexico.
It was to be under contract for Pemex; slept 90 & had 2 galleys.

Added by Rick on 23 January 2017.
I worked roughneck EW THORNTON out of Gladstone Australia this is not the rig Erik Geerts comment is right.the divers were cal dive using helium and oxygen.

Added by Roger Bingham on 22 May 2017.
The E W Thornton had a jack-knife derrick and the rig was on the stern. I know it had a jack-knife derrick because I raised it on the first well in Indonesia. It was actually my first act as a driller on board.

Added by William E. Gifford on 23 May 2017.
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