Viking Piper, Claymore and Sedco 704
Date unknown, but probably summer 1980. Official SOS pic distributed to construction crew. Viking Piper, Claymore and Sedco 704. When the Viking Piper arrived from the Mexican gulf it held the world record for pipeline laying speed. It had only laid 60 miles of pipe at this time. At about this time the left hand crane came off its tracks when it ran over a gas bottle lying across the track. Rumour had it that the driver was sacked before he got out of the cab. And YES, I spent time in the notorious 10 man potato store. Got a GREAT story about construction pipe welders (sacked) who were using the fab shop machines on the VP. Trouble is, I can't remember their names!
Picture added on 30 December 2010 at 20:41