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Unocal Monopod in Cook Inlet, Alaska
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No: 212   Contributor: Unknown   Year: 1996   Country: USA
Unocal Monopod in Cook Inlet, Alaska

The world's first monopod platform.
Picture added on 04 December 2006
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Worked on Monopod, Anna and other platforms out in the inlet.

Added by Marvin Dougherty on 25 April 2007.
I cooked the best meals on that platform in 1987. My bunk was right under the helipad. Good times, good memories. Bubba- keep eating those pastries.

Added by Mike Cannon on 26 November 2007.
I also worked on that platform as well as a half dozen others. I even made a platform of the monopod and gave it to Dan Hadden the former boss of it. I am looking for Richard Montgomery, thank you.

Added by Robert Kurz on 19 February 2010.
I work on this platform now, head cook, have to date also worked on the King Salmon platform. My bunk libby, is right below the helipad where the helicopter lands when it drops us off at work, and when it picks us up 2 weeks later to go home on R&R. And all the windows below shows the dining room area.

Added by Christina Heffernan on 02 August 2010.
I worked on the Monopod in 1971--bullcook for Boatel, & later night cook & baker. Never met charactors to equal those guys. Gerald Borthwick, Darrel Beck, Buddy Moore--& a lot more. I'm old now, & still miss it.

Added by Carl Nunn on 09 December 2010.
I worked on the Monopod during the summer months between college. My step dad Eldon Criswell was Tool Pusher.

Added by Terry Barrett on 06 January 2011.
I used to work on this platform and still could if I was asked to I did alot of work and it is beautifulon the inside

Added by Robert Kurz on 14 January 2011.
I dropped a wireline unit on the west crane and tore boom off the crane. I was crane operator.

Added by Gerald Borthwick on 22 February 2011.
Hey Gerald--have wondered about you for years. You remember a skinny little guy named Carl who worked for old Bill Grimm? Bet you're retired & kickin back. This woulda been in 1971.

Added by Carl on 23 February 2011.
I also remember when that boom broke on you - I heard the noise, but was inside and didn't see it. I did hear a few of the guys asking Gerald what happened, and he said, "You tell me. I was busy gettin outa there."

Added by Carl Nunn on 12 March 2011.
I also worked on the pod. From 1989-93 as bullcook then headcook. Thank you Dan Hadden. Had a lot a fun there. Working with Darryl/Even Smitty/Jim R /The Johnson brothers and all on board at that time.

Added by Chris Hood on 27 April 2011.
Yeah miss all you guys...I now live in Texas.

Added by Gerald Borthwick on 29 April 2011.
Gerald, I saw you later on a TV documentary on cold weather drilling--PBS, I think. I was back in Missouri by then, and about fell off the couch. Just one comment saying "it's like workin in a deep freeze."

Added by Carl Nunn on 02 May 2011.
I was never on the pod but saw it from the Texaco platform from 1966 to 1974, its great to find this website.

Added by Jim White on 11 September 2011.
Yeah, I remember seeing the Texaco rig--I left for Missouri in '72

Added by Carl Nunn on 13 September 2011.
I was the 1st Operator and started up the Monopod. That was the beginning of a great Offshore Career.

Added by Chuck Beauchamp on 30 June 2014.
My name is Sharon K. Moore-Beezley. My dad was Thomas S.Moore who was one if the engineers who designed and built the monopod! It was built on the Columbia River at the Vancouver Washington ship yard. We 'followed' the monopod to Cook Inlet until it was set as operational.

Added by Sharon Beezley on 07 July 2014.
I worked as a bullcook in the summer on 1972 and then from May to November in 1973. Those were the days....... had bunches of fun with Gerald Borthwick...... found a picture of you the other day, dude. Still got long hair ? I mostly don't have much hair at all :) My uncle, Les Boyer, was production supervisor - Rig supervisors during my time there were Skip White and Chuck Beauchamp.
Craig Boyer

Added by Craig Boyer on 10 January 2015.
Well hello, Chuck Beauchamp! If I remember right, you were still there when I left in early '72. That rig still comes to mind on occasion.

Added by Carl Nunn on 05 February 2015.
Thank you for your info to describe more of that platform , it was a real nice time I had while there.

Added by Robert Kurz on 05 February 2015.
I was the one who uploaded and took that pic of the rig too.

Added by Robert Kurz on 05 February 2015.
I'm wondering if anyone has any pics of the supply boats working your rig during the 1980's?

Added by Louis Smith on 12 February 2015.
Spent 35 years in Alaska. 1969-2004. Worked in the Cook Inlet. Monopod, Texaco platform, King Salmon platform. Most of my work was on the North slope. I do remember Eldon Criswell on the Monopod. Would still be in Alaska, but it is a young mans world up there.

Added by Waymon Vest on 02 June 2015.
Gerald Borthwick passed away on May 16 2014 he is greatly missed.

Added by Maxine Borthwick on 02 June 2015.
Mrs. Borthwick, I am very sorry to hear this, and for your loss also. Gerald was a fun character, as well as a good friend, for the year that I knew him on the Monopod. My sympathy to the family.

Added by Carl B. Nunn on 03 June 2015.
To Gerald's wife. You made a Seahawk mouse that covered a Mason jar. I still have it. One of my favorite things. I'm moving to Mexico in 2 weeks the mouse is going with me. Gerald was probably still a huge Raiders fan to the end. He was my loader operator for Alaska United rig 2. Had many good days with Mr Borthwick. He is missed.

Added by Stephen Ring , (Ringo) Driller back in the day.. on 10 July 2015.
Funny what we pick up from people in our past. Gerald had a lot of expressions, and one was "conjure up". If there was something we needed and didn't have, he'd say "maybe we could conjure up" whatever it was. It kinda stuck--I still use that to this day.

Added by Carl B. Nunn on 15 July 2015.
I worked with gerald for many years with parker drilling he will be remembered and greatly missed.

Added by on 05 June 2016.
My Dad, Raymond E McGraw was project supervisor of the construction of the monopod. He died about three years ago. Anyone remember him? He took a million pictures of this platform which landed him a job with Hood Construction Company.

Added by Patricia McGraw on 02 July 2018.
Yes, I remember Ray. He was a great guy. I was the 1st. Operator for Union Oil assigned to the Monopod. I was offshore the final months of construction and brought on the 1st well. I remember your dad describing a drawing to one of his engineers over the radio from LA. He did so from memory and the engineer was able to follow his instructions and complete the installation of a manifold section in the well room.I am sorry for your loss and know that your Dad will be missed by many people. I remained on The Monopod untill 1975 as the Production Foreman and then left for several years working oversees. I returned to Alaska in 1992 as the superintendent over the south area platforms and the Gas field.

Added by Chuck Beauchamp on 04 July 2018.
My dad bill gilstrap and my uncle jim corky Martin worked on the monopod in the late 60s until early 70s.

Added by Randy gilstrap on 17 October 2018.
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