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JW Mclean and Stena Spey
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No: 2527   Contributor: Andy Boggett   Companies: Stena   Year: 2011   Country: United Kingdom
JW Mclean and Stena Spey

You go on a holiday to Scotland, have a nosey along the Cromarty Firth and lo and behold there are two of my former work places in more tranquil surroundings - JW Mclean (Zapata Ugland when i was aboard in 1988) and Stena Spey (High Seas Driller in 1988)
Picture added on 18 October 2011 at 09:17
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Good grief. I was on the Ugland with Marty Ford and Blue Rapley. I remember my driller, Paul Scott, when we had a couple of weeks to get it ready in Stavanger before heading out for Philips.

Added by Karl on 11 June 2012.
I remember the driller Paul Scott too as I also worked on Zapata Scotian for a short spell in 1987 as well as Zapata Ugland in 1988.

Added by Andrew David Boggett on 05 July 2012.
Was on the Mclean in Invergordon, then again about the North Sea commissioning the Fire and Gas stuff. Was also on the Stena Spey in Rotterdam, and offshore southern Ireland again on the Fire and Gas.

Added by on 13 October 2013.
i was on the ugland from 1973-1980 , i finished in canada , captain glud was the marine commander

Added by Alan Ramsay on 22 January 2016.
Please let me know if you have a story about any time working with blue Rapley (my old man). Would like to remind him of it over a beer!

Added by Dave rapley on 12 February 2016.
Hi dave
I worked with your old man on the uglang early years as a roustabout on nights.
He used to have us make up books on garden furniture made from pipe fittings and store them in the leg at that time he used to sell them in the readers digest we made up thousands.
I then returned to the rig many years later when it was called the treasure driller working for wilrig.
I related this story to many people on the rig and you probably guessed the next bit yes the books were still there.
Great story which still makes people laugh
Definitely one for the pub
Brian raitt

Added by Brian Raitt on 07 September 2016.
Was a dream of mine to work on a rig, Packed in my job and headed north. On the Ugland from March 1976 for about a year as a roustabout. My boss was the crane driver Shell Bjornstad - was there when Shirley Bassey filmed there. Later saw the rig in Invergordon when I moved up to the Highlands. Great memories.

Added by David Chambers on 22 June 2017.
Worked on the ungland 1977 in Ireland as a roustabout / roughneck and the Jw also Ireland 1997 very nice people on that rig hallo 2 all

Added by Brian o connell on 04 January 2018.
I recall Shirley Bassey doing her christmas special on the Ugland, the long shots of her singing on top of the derrick was I recall, the derrickman waving his arms about dressed up in her togs.

Added by Nick De St. Croix on 06 March 2018.
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