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Bluewater 3 drilling rig
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No: 2938   Contributor:   Year: 2015   Country: United Kingdom
Bluewater 3 drilling rig

The Bluewater 3 semi-submersible drilling rig is towed out of Peterhead harbour in 1974.
Picture added on 10 April 2015 at 14:17
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Was on board as a yank trainee, roughnecking at the time. Anybody know where Ben White (TP) is these days? Hi to any of the guys who were crew members at the time-Bob, Jake, Ian, Terry, I know John Richardson was lost long while back.

Added by Dave on 27 September 2015.
I did computer simulated structural analysis of this rig in the 70's to determine if it could survive the North Sea. Just watched the movie Deepwater Horizon and thought about this rig. Wonder if it is still in operation.

Added by Jim on 07 January 2017.
I worked on the Blue Water 4 with my Dad Curtis Toche with Sante Fe Drilling He was Marine Superintendent.

Added by Danny R Toche on 21 February 2017.
This vessel was sold I think for scrap in the mid late 1980's. It was a somewhat sad ending. The rig was in Trinidad and was towed to Curacao for a refitting of about six million dollars (I was the accountant assigned to the job). The rig was returned to Trinidad and worked about six more months then went idle and never worked again.

Added by Steve Whittington on 14 June 2017.
My Dad Harold Lambert was the Mech/Elect of this rig in Trinidad and Aberdeen. The 3 was the "little GIANT" of the rigs of the day. It drilled further North later in the year than any other rig of that time. It drilled the first well of the Brent field and set many many records. The men that crewed this rig in the early 70s were straight up badasses. I, Jeff Lambert, worked on the 2 and the 4 as well as other rigs before leaving the patch in the early 90s.

Added by Jeff Lambert on 02 July 2017.
i went out with bluewater fouron its first job with exxon put in several years on her, , pretty nice a little bit bouncy in rough seas

Added by Billy Wilson on 04 July 2017.
I worked with Harold Lambert in 74 he came from Alabama. Everit Bennet was the TP happy days.

Added by Gary Montgomery on 24 September 2017.
I worked on BW3 in the 70's and remember the 3 Yank trainees mentioned in the first post: Dave Herndon, Steve Yorke and Dave Deslauriers(?)What happened to John Richardson, Dave? You said he was lost? TP's of those days included Johnny Clower, Everett Bennett, Vernon Fregia(?)Drilled a lot of the Thistle wells... most northerly at that time... Supt. was Jim Blue

Added by Bob Simpson on 01 November 2017.
I was on the Bluewater 4 when you were there Billy Wilson. Remember one of the crane operators nicknamed Squeeky. We ended up sitting in Sabine Pass at the end. I remember Dick Black and Moe Early showed up when we finally shut the rig down completely.

Added by Danny Toche on 02 November 2017.
I have met some of you guys, Danny I was in the Lafayette La Santa Fe office with your dad and we met once when the BW 4 and M3 were stacked in Sabine Pass. Billy, we were in Lafayette at the same time and Bob if you were the operations superintendent on he Pacnorse when I was in Malta and Brazil we met in Malta.

Added by Steve Whittington on 02 November 2017.
The one thing that I forgot to mention, sadly all of the Blue Water and Mariner rigs were sold off as scrap during the late 1980's. It was sad to see them go that way.

Added by Steve Whittington on 02 November 2017.
Hey Bob, good to see you are still kicking. I heard from Terry another Geordie on the BW III that John Richardson was lost from the Alexander Kieland sinking. The TP I was looking for is Ben White-I worked again with Ben in Nigeria and last I heard he was going to work as a woman for Armco but that was back in '78.

Added by Dave Herndon on 24 February 2018.
Hey guys, I was toolpusher on the Bluewater 4 and the mariner 3. I was on the Mariner 3 in Trinidad for a couple of days with Blackie Williams and Lester Robertson and Sonny |Dunham.

Added by Gary Henry on 11 April 2018.
Good afternoon gentlemen, I came across this blog researching some photographs that I have found out of to oil Riggs these are part of an estate sale and they are dated 1974 and they're rather big one of them has Bluewater number 3 on the side of it if any of y'all are interested in buying the pictures let me know otherwise I will put them on eBay up for auction
with all due respect I thought y'all deserve first grabs

Added by Phil p. on 04 May 2018.
I'd like to know more about them. I do have a copy of this picture but it would be good to see others

Added by John on 15 June 2018.
I was browsing pictures and saw all of these great posts. Santa Fe is a chapter of history that will die with all of us, But we know all the great people that made it such a success and that started the submersible drilling era. My dad was Moe, unfortunately the Camels finally took him out in 2012, he didn’t want a service or anything, said he wanted to go out like he came in, naked with no fanfare. He refused to have treatment, said he was ready to go. I think loosing Dick Black, Toche, Kraft and all his other work friends took away his will. In any case, seeing all these names and posts, I was compelled to update all the past SantaFe family Moe’s disposition.

Added by Tim on 21 June 2018.
Farrel Davis (Dave) is my father and he was on the Blue Water 2 - He just passed away 3 weeks ago at 83 yrs old. Lived in East Texas.

Added by Regina Davis on 27 June 2018.
Broke out on the BW3 & worked on her for 3 years. Was aboard both times in went into Peterhead. See several names here that I know.

Added by Jack T. Daly on 30 June 2018.
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