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Ninian Central Construction - 1
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No: 2118   Contributor: Lee Robinson   Year: 1978   Country: United Kingdom
Ninian Central Construction - 1

My dad worked at Kishorn during the construction of Ninian Central around 1978.
Picture added on 23 May 2010 at 09:40
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This was called the wet site. The base had been constructed in the dry dock and floated out into the loch. The central column was formed using a continuous pour, which meant a lot of exposed steel and continuously changing & dangerous walkways.

Added by Anon on 19 October 2011.
My dad worked on the rig 1977 Richard Walsh on the supply boat, he was from Liverpool. Any info on him or the rig would be appreciated.

Added by Richard Walsh on 29 October 2011.
I worked as a contractor at Kishorn during the construction of the oil rig which was bound for the Ninian field, built by Howard Doris.

Added by Jimmy Perryman on 27 July 2012.
phill ainsworth steelfixer worked on ninian platform any one remember me get intouch ainsworth

Added by Phillip Ainsworth on 21 June 2013.
Myelf and a number of other Irishmen worked on the construction of the Ninian Central condeep platform in 1976/77. All who worked there were known as Kishorn Commandos. The title came from a song by the folk group Gaberlunzie who used play the occasional gig at the camp onshore......a crazy place !

Added by Padhraig Campbell on 03 May 2014.
Hi Padhraig, yes iremember having loads of laughs with you irish lads when having a drink on a night time.There was one busy night when one of you paddies as we geordies used to call you got onto the tables with the jam jars as we called them and was on his way to the bar with them, well
what happened, he trod on some ones fingers and that was that, the place erupted, such a laugh.Were you there on that occasion ? happy days eh.we were the SLD pressure jetting lads that scrabbled the tops of the concret on the jarline walls when the pore was held up, to form a key for when the continuous pore was restarted

Added by Jim Perryman on 30 January 2015.
My dad, Ray Wade, also worked on the Ninian Platform during construction and I believe when it was operational too. I understand he rose from plant fitter to became one of the platform level managers. Any info on his time there, people who remember working with him or photos shot there would be appreciated. He spoke so fondly of his time there.

Added by David Wade on 13 September 2015.
My dad, Ray Wade, also worked on the Ninian Platform during construction and I believe when it was operational too. I understand he rose from plant fitter to became one of the platform level managers. Any info on his time there, people who remember working with him or photos shot there would be appreciated. He spoke so fondly of his time there.

Added by David Wade on 13 September 2015.
Hi all, I worked for howard doris on the ninian central from pretty much day one.i was a joiner I have some great memories and made some good friends.

Added by Paul Cheetham on 20 May 2016.
I worked on the rig construction for a year. I started off as a labourer and later as a tower crane banksman at the wet site

Added by Raymond Dickson ( Dixie ) on 22 June 2016.
My name is Roger Barry, worked for Chalie Ferguson, main subcontractor representing the Aussie/Kiwi crew as pay master up to the time the rig was floated. Some of the names are familiar

Added by Roger Barry on 03 August 2016.
My name is Chris Pavich, an Australian who worked 1976-77 under the direction of David Maher in the Pre-stressing unit of Howard Doris plc. My work started principally keeping records and producing a rig model to help steel fixers and engineers appreciate the layout of pre-stressing members. I progressed to being a control engineer supervising and quality control of related work of steel fixers employed by Fergus and Haynes plc (Irish), concrete pouring by HD workers, and pre-stressing contractor PSC plc (Australian/GB). I have many related images, some of which I could post following digitising. Would also like to connect with others with whom I worked.

Added by Chris Pavich on 20 August 2016.
I first discovered Kishorn and the Pass of the Cattle when, as a 22yr old in 1976 I worked as a Scaffolder on the Ninian Central Platform.This was a massive 600, 000 ton mass of Concrete and steel that was born in a Gigantic dry dock and worked on 24/7 by a team of 5 thousand men on a Two week Rota.
The main camp housed 700 men, plus two retired ocean Liners were berthed up and took another couple of thousand, the rest of the workforce travelled to the site daily, some as far as a hundred miles away. The pay was good, four times the National Rate. The working conditions were terrible, health and Safety non existent , and the weather often brutal. The scenery was stunning. And so Kishore became my home for the next two years on and off. It was the summer of 76, heatwave, Indian summer, My dear grandmother died, Elvis Presley died, I can still remember the sound of the Eagles playing Hotel California travelling across the Loch, and so the Platform went from Dry Dock to floating deeper and deeper out into the Loch.It was at the time the largest manmade object to move across the face of the Earth finishing hundreds of miles away in the North Sea.
So never having seen the place for over 30 odd years I took Jackie and Roma back to the Area in 2009. I visited the old general store and post office that had a single petrol pump garage across the road, now replaced with a new build holiday home.The old post office was now a craft and souvenir shop run by a sweet lady called Jenny. I told her about me working there years ago and asker her if she might have any postcards with the Rig or site from that period. she said no, not for sale , but her Husband had rescued a bunch of engineering photos from a skip when the yard was closed up. she handed me a disk, the photo's were scanned on to the disk. I couldn't wait to get home to see them. They were superb, over 400 shots of every stage of the Construction. I copied them to my Computer and sent Jenny back the disk. About five years later I upgraded my Software on the Mac and lost the Lot!…. Devastated .
So as Myself, Jim and Lance were passing through Kishorn we stopped at Jennys shop with the off chance she might still be there. A much younger woman was now behind the counter, I blurted out my story. I'm sorry the girl said, Jenny died a couple of years ago. I bought the shop from her husband.
She turned to the windowsill and picked up a small pile of cd's and disks, the one on the top had a note saying, "Thanks for the photo's and making an old Kishorn Kommando very happy" signed Ian Ross. She gave me the disk.

Added by Ian Ross on 16 August 2017.
I was there to as a carpenter... 500 pounds a week tax free wow.

Added by Stephanie Pippa Kent on 10 July 2018.
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