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GSF Britannia
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No: 2514   Contributor: Mark Cooper   Year: 2011   Country: United Kingdom
GSF Britannia

Stacked in Hartlepool, UK, awaiting a refit to start in Q4 2011 before going to Germany. 26/09/2011
Picture added on 29 September 2011 at 16:22
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Added by Ionut on 11 October 2011.
This rig has to be one of the most incredible success stories in offshore drilling history, since the minute it was purchased by Santa Fe it has seldom experience any idle time, it's a tribute to the UK crews manning and managing it.

Added by Steve Whittington on 09 January 2012.
Hi Steve,
I've just came across your comments, I worked on the old girl from 1969 to 1973 & what a brilliant time we had.
Thanks for the pic, it most certainly brought back good memories of that time.

Added by Trev Young on 24 February 2015.
Trev, good to hear. I'm an American currently in Dallas. The performance of the company in the North Sea is what made Santa Fe what it was and the performance of the Britannia was critical to that performance. As old as the rig was its sucess amazed everyone in the company.

Added by on 26 February 2015.
His Steve,
I believe the old girl has now been scrapped, like I said I started my oilfield life on her in 1969 as a roustabout & left for Libya still with Santa Fe as an asst driller in 1973. Did you work on her ?
I have now just retired from the oil patch after a fantastic career for over 40 odd years.
All the best to you.

Added by Trev Young on 26 February 2015.
I'm actually an accountant that spent much time working for the Aberdeen and Edinbourgh {construction} offices. During the late 1980s virtually every new contract in North Sea meant a trip to the shipyard (Rotterdam) and I spent a couple of years in Rotterdam as the admin person for these rig mods. But anyone who has a history with Santa Fe has deep admiration for that vessel. You probably know that it was engineered, built, and manned by and in the UK. Santa Fe acquired NORSMEC (North Sea Marine Engineering Comp)in 1968 and the Britannia was still under construction at the acquistition so you had to be amoung the first to make that vessel tick. As you can tell, I have worked with and for a great many Brits in my career and have a great admiration for all of you.

Cheers mate

Added by on 26 February 2015.
Just noticed that I spelled Edinburgh incorrectly.

Added by on 26 February 2015.
Hi Steve,
Thanks for those kind words, I think we were the first to Drill the first Well on the old girl. (The Operator was Conoco if my memory serves me right)
Most of the senior staff (Rig Superintendents, Toolpusher's, Drillers "etc') were from the USA & what a great bunch they were, in-fact I learnt my trade so to speak from them.
I hope you had a great time in Amsterdam.....I certainly did in those days !

Added by Trev Young on 05 March 2015.
worked on her off Beckels. Cracking folk on her. early 90's

Added by Brian Wyllie on 05 July 2015.
Had 10 years on there as part of Robbie Robinsons drill crew, remember Brian well, and Steve racher who was a fantastic worker.

Added by Glyn white-Phillips on 25 July 2015.
From Keith Grand worked for supply co EAE group in Gt Yarmouth Santa fe worked out of old South Town railway station remember jrn Meeks Howard Young blood .Tom Cold well from Ireland chief electrics many more .my boss was Francis Holmes regards

Added by Keith Grand on 16 September 2016.
I hear the old girl is in the far east right now how true that is I don't, I started work on Britannia in 1970 worked as rousty then to roughneck left for a couple of years to work on rig 82 also for Santa-Fe returned to Brit in 73 working derricks then over the years progressed to snr toolpusher thru out my working days I worked on several of Santa-Fe rigs till I retired at 56 some 14 years ago I remember Trev Young he worked for Dave Smith as so did I.

Added by Tommy Middleton on 05 October 2016.
She is in Bass Straights converted to a MOPU for Hibiscus (I was doing some work in Oz and as soon as they showed me the picture she was recognisable)
I was one of the SF Engineers mostly in GY portacabins and had the pleasure of working with many good mentors during mid-90's including Billy Richardson, Dave Smith and JK. Also Tommy from time to time!

Added by Kris Johnstone on 03 February 2017.
Hi Kris I remember you hope you are doing ok so the old girl is still alive it is good to know have you seen out of Billy boy last I heard he was living in America if you hear out let us know D.Smith is living in Spain about 2 hrs south of Alicanti any way you take care good to hear from you.

Added by Tommy Middleton on 04 February 2017.
Poor old girl scrapped now. I was on Dave Smiths crew as well. I recognise a few names on this thread

Added by Eddie Mcwilliams on 14 June 2017.
I worked on the Britannia 71 -72 ... some names come to mind Dave Smith, Buddy Russel, Stan McGee, David Lock, Mick Wigan, Jake (motorman) Neil Lace among many others.. We worked out of Holland for a couple of wells then Denmark.
I will never forget my time on the old girl .. on reflection the best time of my oilfield life.... 46 years now!

Added by Doug Reid on 23 October 2017.
tommy middleton and eddie mcwilliams last I heard of them was in the east yorkshire gazette they were under caution for sheep worrying
Appy Daze

Added by Roger Pocock on 24 November 2017.
I spent a happy and successful year (?1975/6?) mudlogging on the Britannia (NAM). Great crews and supervisors, never forget that great working team. Does anyone else remember when the Dutch military team in zodiacs took over the rig as an anti-terrorist exercise ? Best wishes to all, including Tommy the shaker hand !

Added by Tom Fraser on 28 January 2018.
Spent a few years roghnecking in 90s on robinson's crew with john driscal and hutchy. Great memories apart from the varco iron roughneck nearly taking me out..😂

Added by Timothy Taylor on 05 May 2018.
John "Jibby" was his nickname in the early days. This stemmed from ever crane signal he gave started with his thumb up or down (thumb meant you wanted the crane op to do something with the jib). I remember he was always sparring and any job you gave him was treated as training for his boxing career

Added by Edie McWilliams on 09 May 2018.
First worked on the old girl in 1969 and then from 1981 to 2010. So I remember fondly most of the names above. Luckily I became very accomplished in welding rust, so she kept me in work all those years.

Added by Ron Lesslie on 16 August 2018.
I worked on Britannia 50 years ago. I shot blasted the whole of the deck. (Not true actually, but it felt like it). I was a student and the company always let me on during vacations. Roy (I think) in the office usually said I would have to work in the yard until there was a vacancy on the rig, but I never did once and always got straight on. I remember Buddy Russell, the Toolpusher, and Gordon, Jakey Mills, Taffy Mcgee, London John. My brother was a welder on there at the same time before going to Nigeria to earn his fortune.

Added by Peter Crowe on 22 August 2018.
I remember the 2 Crowes arguing over their shares of their fathers phone bill. Also I think the welder was driving a racing car sponsored by a hairy paint company
Appy daze

Added by Roger Pocock on 23 August 2018.
Mr Pocock, what are you up to these days?

Added by Edie McWiliams on 24 August 2018.
Ello Eddie
I am running a creche for fallen ladies and sometimes help out with the piano playing etc.
Appy Daze

Added by Roger Pocock on 29 August 2018.
Bit of a social worker then Roger? Just done my very last survival refresher yesterday (long story but my mate needed someone short notice). Certainly a whole lot different from the old hand held box in a swimming pool days.

Added by Eddie McWiliams on 01 September 2018.
These are certainly names from the pass, I worked on Britannia and most of Santa fe North Sea rigs, retired about 15 years ago and remember some good times, what is Jimmy the whip doing now.

Added by Jamie Perks on 15 October 2018.
These names are blasts from the past good to see Taffy McGee is still remembered what is he doing now?

Added by Jamie Perks on 15 October 2018.
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