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Ninian Central, Kishorn Yard.
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No: 1979   Contributor: Terry Healy   Companies: Texaco/Chevron   Year: 1977   Country: United Kingdom
Ninian Central, Kishorn Yard.

My dad god bless him, worked there and, took this picture, not sure of year? He worked logistics. Maybe someone can offer an approximate year picture was taken?


Picture added on 21 November 2009 at 10:24
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I'm not 100% sure but think this photo would be in the late 70's

Added by Anon on 03 December 2009.
This picture was taken April 1978, I have the almost identical picture. I was Project engineer for CJB who carried out the hook up at Raasay Sound and also in the North Sea.

Added by Brian Giles on 16 February 2010.
I agree, I worked on the rig from 1977 to 1978, in 77 the platform wasn`t on the base I think. In 78, before I left, it was. I was a labourer for Howard Doris.

Added by Kevin McCabe on 20 April 2011.
I worked for Ferguson Hines in 77, 78, & 79.

Added by Pat Feely on 11 June 2011.
Spring 1978 is correct. The supply boat to the left of the photo is the Maersk Plotter, which was a floating mess room for the platform.

Added by John Thompson on 29 December 2011.
The covers in place over the holes in the Jarlan Wall were referred to as "dustbin lids". When she was in place these were removed and the design reduced wave impact. I was on the survey team during installation.

Added by Malcolm Robb on 29 January 2012.
My dad worked at kishorn and we lived in Lochcarron from 75, 76, 77, we went to the local school I think that the structure was floated out to sea in 77, as prince Charles came to flood the dry dock. I have a coin and t-shirt dated 1977 and a similar photo somewhere.

Added by Gayle on 07 February 2012.
As I can remember, the rig should have been towed during summer 1977, with the steel deck free of any equipment.
But due to a bad weather window, it has been decided to postpone the operation in summer 1978.
And, in order to avoid any loss of time, the steel deck was fully equipped (as shown on the picture).
So, I think that this picture date is spring 1978.
I spent approximately two years in Kishorn as an engineer from french DORIS Company.
PS : Sorry for the English

Added by Patrice SAUMON on 19 April 2012.
I was the planning engineer for Howard-Doris on this job.
What an experience!
We were true pioneers...

Added by Jean-François on 13 August 2012.
I worked for a company S L D (Scottish Land Developments ) as a contractor to Howard Doris, during the construction of the Jarlan Walls which were slipformed, when there was a hold up in the batching plant that supplied the ready mix concrete for the continuous pore process of slipforming, our job was to scrabble the tops of the walls using high pressure water to provide a key for the new concrete when the pore was recommenced. This prosess ensured a solid bond between the two surfaces.

Added by Jimmy Perryman on 26 September 2012.
The positioning in the Ninian Field had to be precise in distance and in rotation (orientation) of the platform as piplines had already been laid ready to be connected to Ninian Central. The base was stated to be the size of Trafalgar square. The final position was less than three metres from design, and the orientation less than 3 degrees. The Dutch towmaster from Smit Towing had, I think, 12 vessels at his disposal and did an amazing GPS in those days!

Added by Malcolm Robb on 30 September 2012.
Hi Malcolm, if you look through "Scottish Rig Yards Section" you can view more images, there are a couple of links on Ninian construction, this is the longest and best one.

Added by Terry Healy on 02 October 2012.
I was an NDT technician on this contract in 1978, we had an office on a barge called "Dino Two" I asked where the barge Dino One was and the the reply was "Underneath this one, it sank !" LOL

Added by Chas King on 01 February 2013.
Re the rig at Kishorn I started working there as a 21 yr old joiner, most of that time on camp maintenance sorting the damage the bears caused! Enjoyed my time there and living on the liners Odysseus and Rangatera ( as far as I remember those were the names ) Good experience for a young hillbilly!

Added by Roy Wilson on 06 March 2013.
I was there too...the names are on the liners Odysseus and Rangatira. The Rangatira finished later did time as accommodation vessel in Port Stanley.

I worked there 1976-78 for PSC who were doing the pre-stress cabling. @Roy...must have crossed paths at some point.

Added by Ian Morrison on 30 May 2014.
my uncle John O' Regan worked on this rig in the 1970 if anyone knew him or work with him I would love to here any memories of him

Added by ANN on 16 August 2014.
Yes, early 1878. And that is the Maersk Plotter tied up beside the platform. I was the floating canteen's night shift cashier - and had to grab the till and run for my life when the chef forgot to order the rolls for the burgers and offered them to the bears between two cream crackers instead!

Added by Councillor Jamie Stone - Easter Ross on 24 September 2014.
Good old Victorian engineering! Presumably it should read 1978 :)

Added by John Thompson on 25 September 2014.
I have a lot of memories of my time at Kishorn.One night we were all having a drink in the very large bar. a lot of Irish contract lads worked at the site, steel erecting etc.One big Irish guy gathered up a few jam jars ( Pint glasses ) in each hand and set off walking over the table tops to the bar, it was a busy place.So what happened, , , he stood on another guys fingers and the place exploded like the wild west for a while, a big laugh but a big release of tension on such a massive project at the time

Added by Jimmy Perryman on 25 September 2014.
I am looking for my biological father, Joe Hagman. He worked on an oil rig in Libya in 1965/66. He was on 3 months leave in Malta in the beginning of 1966. He had left Malta before my mother found she was pregnant. If there is anyone out there who can help me find him? I don't know the company he worked for. In 1966 he was around 25 years old. Any help would be appreciated.I barely have any info but maybe someone out there could come up with some ideas. Is it possible to obtain lists of American men who worked on oil rigs in the 60's? I have so little info that I am at my wits end. Please help.

Added by Stephanie Tedesco on 10 February 2015.
The Ninians deck truss was built by me and McDermotts at Ardersier. I was a coded welder using Innershield. Earned enough money to buy a new Moto Guzzi and rode overland to India. Came back in 1979 and saw the Phillips Maureen through to float out. Happy days.

Added by Mark Stevens on 18 October 2015.
This picture is 1976

Added by Tomo on 26 May 2016.
This was not long before float out to the Ninian Field so would have been 1978

Added by John Thompson on 27 May 2016.
I worked there for two years including the time just before the big tugs towed it away.I certainly remember the big bar fight between irish steel fixers and scaffolders.wild west it was.quarter gill of whisky was 26p as was a pint. the day/night prince Charlie was there was unbelievable with free drinks and guys were going around with whole trays of whisky as well as a couple of harlots from Inverness I think who plied their trade in the porta cabins.
Also remember the storm that sunk Dino 1 and taking those shitty little steel boats out the next day.Surprised more people werent killed, not much ohse in them days.
epic job, pity the tax was so horrendous in them days.
Got a few pics and a set of coasters of various stages of build.
good times though liver took a beating.

Added by Kim Cameron (kiwi sheep shagger) on 24 January 2017.
i worked on the platform 1976, 1977, then went out on the hookup1978, worked for fergy haynes , howard doris, then irish bridge, still have some photos.

Added by Peter Wright,liverpool on 27 April 2017.
My dad worked there too Seamus Harkin

Added by Nicky on 04 June 2017.
Those top rigs were poured in area six in 1977 it was the jubilee year, I was a Scaffold person on nights

Added by Gary Davies on 12 April 2018.
Was there `76-79 then for second rig, as skipper of Colass, one of those dirty steel tugs as one person put it! Was like the Klondike and there was more than one bar fight!

Added by Barney Paull-edwards on 05 July 2018.
My husband Dave Ullathorne worked as foreman steel fixer for Fergus Haynes. He passed away In December 2017 and I found his coin from the Prince Charles visit. The money was great and set us up for the future but as someone said, "the taxes (labour government!) Were horrendous" but 'happy days'

Added by Chris Ullathorne on 10 July 2018.
My dad Seamus Harkin received a coin from Prince Charles Does anyone on here remember my dad he unfortunately
Passed in April 2014

Added by Nicky on 11 July 2018.
just bought a kishorn coin on ebay with the cert in a plastic pouch , on ebay paid 27pound , , ninian central

Added by Peter John Wright on 14 October 2018.
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