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Pentagone 84
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No: 324   Contributor: Andrew Dowsett   Year: 1988
Pentagone 84

Before eventually being broken up in the Cromarty Firth.
Picture added on 05 April 2007
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Your picture, entitled , shows a pentagon 80 series rig with a bridge that is situated on the pipe deck; in a distinctive position, slightly different from the other rigs in the series. 'Neptune 7' was such a rig, the first of the series to be built. She was later known by her shipyard number: 'Pentagone 81'.
Pentagone 84 was built for high pressure gas drilling and had a crown compensator. I believe she was broken up in Methil.

Added by Louis Mair on 03 August 2007.
Louis Your almost correct except that she was broken up Almost exactly where this picture was taken, just to the west of the Saltburn Jetty on the Cromarty Firth. I was involved in towing her pontoons up to the Highland Deephaven at Evanton to be beached and scrapped.

Added by Ronald Young on 06 August 2007.
Always wondered what happened to the P84. I worked on her from 1977 to 1985. At that time she was operated by Forex Neptune (Nepfor). And drilled for Total and Elf during this time. Over these years she visited the Cromarty Firth. Methil. Haugesund and Stavanger for regular wet dock inspections. The regular supply vessels at that time were the Seaforth Hero and the Star Aquarius. For the first few years of my time onboard the standby vessel was Gorpur a stern trawler from the Faeroes. Eventually these were replaced by vessels from the Grampian fleet.....What year was the P84 broken up?

Added by Billy Bruce on 15 May 2008.
Hi Billy

She was broken up during '86, '87 and '88 and it was 88 when I assisted in towing her pontoons up to Highland Deephaven in Evanton.

Added by Ronald Young on 18 May 2008.
She had a very short life compared to other Pentagone types. Built in Finland by Ruma Repola in 1974.

Added by Billy Bruce on 29 November 2008.
The "West Venture" was the second Pentagone rig to be broken up in the Cromarty Firth and although not present at this point in time the "Petrolia" has been in the Cromarty Firth for quite some years off and on.

Added by Duncan Murray on 29 November 2008.
Brings back memories, I worked on P84 between 1982 and 1985. Often wonder what happened to people like Jim Tait (medic) Lawrence Groundwater (Marine mechanic) and Kevin O'Neil ( Geoservices). Lots of good memories, including the spoof documentary we made Alan Whicker style - I still have it on VHS!

Added by Aidan Watts on 05 April 2009.
I also work on her with a team of lads from Arbroath Jim Cargil, Jimmy Milan from 74 to 76 the first time on board was in Stavanger by boat and billy pued on board then by helicopter. second well we drilled for Total the North Alwyn and we had a bad weather that New Year. I left the North Alwyn in 2005 for the last time.

Added by Bill Craddock on 23 July 2009.
I also have very fond memories on the P84 where I worked as a Medic (Witch Doctor) from 78 to 81 when she went to Ireland.

Added by Frank Wahedally on 10 August 2009.
Has anyone got information on the Pentagone 87. She is aground/beached on the Iranian coast

Added by Billy Bruce on 03 November 2009.
I have also very nice souvenir's from the oilrig named Pentagone 84 or P84, worked as watch tender on the North Sea in 1973 based in Scotland, sad to say that my life tooke a very different road, living in Canada passed the last 29 years at Bell Canada.

Added by Pierre Dumaine on 01 July 2010.
Best times I ever spent offshore was on the P84, started July 81 couple of days before Prince Charles and Di got married. Sure I have some pics someplace laying around of the guys I worked with, will never forget having wine with the Sunday dinner every week.

Added by Richard Main on 26 January 2011.
Aye Frank, I remember your witch doctor bones.

Added by Bill Robertson on 16 September 2011.
Can mind lots of the guys on the P84. Frank, Charlie and Jim tait all medics at some time. Old Locheil the radio op. Gervasoni. Cpt Belibio. Eudier. Lawrence Groundwater. Nosh McCashie. Johny Milne. Old Dod the painter. Aiden. Bubbles the Steward. Tam the night cook. plus others that I just cant mind their names. Bill Robertson were you in the control room?. It was a great rig to work on. No other rig like it at Xmas and New Year!!!!!. "Billy Bruce(Wullie the painter) Scruffy Duffys."

Added by on 17 September 2011.
No I was crane opp I was Stewart Fitpatrics back to back I remember all these guys you mention. I got moved to the Drillstar I was on the P84 when it went to Ireland

Added by Bill Robertson on 25 September 2011.
Can mind Stewart. Maybe we didn't meet Bill. When the P84 was in Ireland I was on the Sindbad Saxon (Jebsons). I did 2 trips out on the NW Hutton. I then went on to the Drillstar when it was new for a few trips, then back to the P84 where I spent the last of my offshore days.

Added by Billy Bruce. (Wullie the painter) on 29 September 2011.
I wiz on the tow roond tae Ireland, shipped us off pretty sheepish. Had a braw night in the Shannon airport before we went hame.

Added by Richard Main on 18 October 2011.
I was on the Drillstar from the shipyard and for the next 8 years. I remember you wullie the painter

Added by Bill Robertson on 25 October 2011.
We are searching the details of Drilling Rig Pentagone 87 built in 1975 or 76 in France, appreciating if some one help us.

Added by Sohail Ahmed Usmani on 27 October 2011.
Hello all..
This is weird, just finished converting
the VHS copy you gave me way back 1990's to digital and I came accoss this site and a bunch of familiar names who I suddenly remember again...
The P84 was a well maintained super little rig with cranes that were designed for a building site. I still remember the no parking sign on the Richier G90. But you could have eaten your dinner of the Marine pump room floors..Immaculate thanks to Wullie the painter!

Added by Laurence Groundwater on 22 May 2012.
Can mind you Laurence. "Or was it Luke"... Merine mecanique

Added by Billy Bruce. (wullie The Painter. on 15 July 2012.
If I can work out how to do it I will post the 'Whickers world on P84 video to YouTube so we can all have a laugh! Or maybe we could do it with your digital copy Laurence?

Added by Aidan Watts on 25 July 2012.
Fit like Wullie, I wis Luke, my nickname that came from Skywalker by Jim and the divers. Shame the P84 got knobbled, was a good rig.

Added by (LUKE) Laurence Groundwater on 25 July 2012.
It would be nice to have a picture of the P84 in the time it was in full operation

Added by Pierre Dumaine on 26 July 2012.
I have been looking all over the place for a video that was made around 1982, still canna find it, the rig was us in full swing at the time, was one I the crane ops that filmed it, think his name was Bob, be fine tae some o the auld faces fae back then.

Added by Richie Main on 27 July 2012.
Hi Pierre. If you give me your email address I will send you a picture of the P84, offshore ballasted down in full op.

Wullie the painter

Added by Billy Bruce on 27 July 2012.
Hi Aidan Richard and the team, that's a good idea..
Will have ago at at unloading "Whickers World" on the utube.. thanks to Aidan for giving me this copy many moons ago..keep you updated..

Added by (LUKE) laurence Groundwater on 30 July 2012.
It would be nice Billy and thank you for responding. (Click name for email)

Added by Pierre Dumaine on 31 July 2012.
Good to see that some of you still have fond memories of work on the P84. I was trainee engineer for forex in 1982

Added by Philip Gosse on 13 November 2012.
Hi! I am a Norwegian journalist doing a major story on oil history. For my story I need to know if Pentagone 84 was drilling on the British or Norwegian continental shelf in 1984. Does any of you know?

Added by Ola Myrset on 21 November 2012.
Hi Pierre. Trying to send the photo of P84 to you but this email link isnt working.


Added by on 21 November 2012.
I was a chef on Pentagon 84 back in 1977. We celebrated the Queen´s Silver Jubilee in the summer. It was the only time we could drink alcohol on board - very strange seeing Frenchmen toasting the Queen!!

Added by Clive Herring on 23 December 2012.
I was on the P84 in 1978. I recall the rules on alcohol consumption being related to your nationality.
I don't know if it will help Ola Myrset but in 1978 we worked in both sectors (Norway and Engoland); we also worked for both oil companies (Total and Elf). The P84 would have been in the North Sea in 1984 but possibly owned by Sedco Forex. The 81 metre Pentagones rapidly went out of fashion after the capsize of the Alexander Kielland.

Added by Louis Mair on 22 January 2013.
I worked two years on P84 from 1977. Started off with Chalk Drill Catrering fro two trips and then moved to Forex - drill crew. Had my leg broken when a chain broke under tension and hit me below the knee. Morphine is good stuff!! P84 was a great rig to work on though.

Added by Chris Caldwell on 08 February 2013.
Anyone remember the Pentagone 82? Built in Brownsville,Texas in 1973. I was a roughneck and then watch tender during 1975-77 N.Sea including Stavanger fjord. Forex Neptune were operators, senior staff mainly French. Interested in finding out where the rig and crew went after 1977?? Bob Mackenzie

Added by Bob MacKenzie on 29 June 2013.
Anyone remember the sister rig to the P84 the P82? Built in Brownsville, Texas in 1973 operated by Forex Neptune. I worked as roughneck then watch tender on P82 from 1975-1977, mainly N sea. Renamed and still working I understand?

Added by Bob MacKenzie on 04 July 2013.
Came across this site after searching "pentagone 84" - have no connection with the rigs - but sounds like you guys have some stories to tell! I searched after seeing a BBC4 filme of archive footage, set to modern music, called "From the Sea To the Land Beyond: Britain's Coast on Film" where there was a wee segment showing containers being transferred onto the "P84", as you'd call it. Just thought I'd give you the heads-up.

Added by Malcolm Kelly on 06 September 2013.
Hey fellows, The 81 was stacked offshore of Mississippi in 1991. I was hired with Roger Allen of Ingleside, Tx to sit on the rig and keep lights on and afloat while the current owner found buyer. I was told it came from Brazil and was owned by a Norwegian company. Other than that I do not know anything further. I made three hitches at 60-70 days a piece sitting on the thing before I moved on. Always wondered if a buyer was found or if it was scrapped.

Added by John Hanley on 25 September 2013.
Really interesting reading the story about P84, which I was involved in building in 1974 in Pori.What a time? Left the rig in -76.
P82 are now in Brazil called Ensco 5000.

Added by John Meling on 21 October 2013.
Dear sir
I need drawing or any information from main structure (such as column, pontoons shap , wall thichness & Lightweight )of pentagone 87 0r 84 for my research . If you have any information kindly please help me . My email is :

Added by Jim on 29 October 2013.
Hello, I am researching the Pentagone series of rigs. The P81 was built in France by CFEM. It was later known as the Viking Producer and it has been scrapped.
P82 built in Brownsville, TX, USA AKA as JFP 12, JFP Twelve, Treasure Viking, Viking Pride Mexico and currently Ensco 5000 working Brazil
P83 - Built by CFEM in France. Became Drillmaster then converted to Buchan Aplha - Still operating in the North Sea
P84 is a bit of an unknown to me but I believe it was scpapped in Methill in the 80's
P85 built in Ruma Repola, Finland. AKA as Venture One, Venture 1, Dixilyn-Field 96, Sonat D-F 96, Transocean 96 and currently Noble Lorris Bouzigard working in Mexico
P86 built in Ruama Repols, Finland. AKA as Venture two, Venture 2, Dixilyn-Field 97, Sonat DF 97 and currently Noble Therald Martin working off Brazil
P87 Built at CFEM. AKA Medusa, Astiere and scrapped in Gabon about 2004
P90 - Built by CFEM. Also AKA as General Enrique Mosconi, Port Magellan, Falcon Star
Transocean 97 and Atlantic Star. Working off Brazil
Alexander Kielland - CFEM - Sunk 27th March 1980
Henrik Ibsen - CFEM - AKA Safe Petrolia, SS Petrolia and currently Archimedes - warm stacked Port Arthur TX
P91 - CFEM - AKA Gulnare and currently Zagreb 1
If you have any information on any of these rigs I would be interested to hear from you by post on this page or e-mail

Added by Gary Forsyth on 04 November 2013.
All those years ago, and the names jog a few memories, remember having the cinema turned into a bar when there was a strike. Also having to climb up the leg, after they took the lift away whilst in haugasund, slightly the worse of ware after a night in the saga bar. Remember bubbles, he was a one off, going to be Freddie mercurys t boy!!! Dixie the chef, was another name, and Nelson??

Added by Paul brown on 22 December 2013.
I was one of the Irish crew that joined the Pentagone 84 in 1981. We drilled off the west coast of Ireland through the winter of 1981-1982.It was the first winter drilling operation in that part of the Atlantic. We also were allowed booze for Christmas dinner as part of union shop stewards deal with the French Senior Toolpusher (Im not sure if they were called Rig Superintendant in those days). The French wanted wine with their meal. I forget his name but he was fair to deal with. I was a union shop steward and I found the French management reasonable to deal with and safety was a top priority. I think the pusher was a former French Foreign Legion officer. Just after dinner the drill string broke and we went straight into a fishing expidition. The beer was soon sweated from us with the numerous trips in and out of the hole in an effort to retrieve the broken string ! A grand rig to work on.

Added by Padaig Campbell on 13 February 2014.
I well remember the P84 well. I worked on her as a maintenance plater welder in the early 80's and while pulling the anchors for the tow down to Brest off France one of the cranes broke off its pedestal. Luckily it fell over the walkway, breaking its back and by doing so the carne opperator survived. Had it not fell over the walkway it would have hit one of the pontoons and God knows what might have happened. The crane opperator got one hell of a bollicking off the French tool pusher as he was pulled out of the cab. We had a detour via Rotterdam to lift it off before continuing our tow to Brest. All in all though a great rig and crew to work with.

Added by Peter Bullard on 11 March 2014.
Laurence or Aiden P84. Did you manage to get the Whickers world video onto youtube?

Added by Billy Bruce. (Wullie the painter) on 22 March 2014.
Aidan just linked me to this and OMG... Luke Groundwater! How's the acting career going? Great installation. Bit of the P84 were hanging around Dyce airport for a while in the yard of what is now called Pentagone feight.

Added by Jim Tait on 30 March 2014.
I am nearly ready to post the spoof film we made on P84, just need to do a bit of editing. In the meantime, I have posted a trailer. Just go to youtube and search for 'North Sea Scandal'!

Added by Aidan Watts on 30 March 2014.
Have put a trailer for film we shot on P84 on youtube. Search for 'North Sea Scandal', full film to follow when I have done a bit of editing!

Added by Aidan Watts on 11 April 2014.
Hey lads, do you remember if the Sea chest are round or square in size. We currently need to cork but cannot find prints, and when we do their in French. If you can chime in it would much appreciated.

Added by J.Campos on 26 April 2014.
I worked on the P-84 in 1978 with fellow Aussie Phil McKee, Ron Spink from Arbroath and Kiwi crane operator Robin Winikieri. Monsieur Gervasoni was our supervisor.

Added by Alan Knight on 22 August 2014.
J'ai eu mais 20 ans sur p 84 le 10 janvier 1976 mer d'iroise que de souvenir Cpt belibio à bord Mr eude Laforge lastéra. Claude Rouge le grutier Kester et tant d'autres j'ai quelques photos contact

Added by Le Douarin philippe on 18 September 2014.
Bonjour et greetings a tout le monde. In answer to Bob McKenzie's question I seem to recall that the P82 became the Buchan floating production rig. The P83 was (again from memory) the Venture One/DF 96. I have happy memories of the P84. Herscher, Kenny MacDonald, John Lewis; where are you now?

Added by Louis Mair on 06 October 2014.
Please give me some more information of Pentagon 87 and it's known also as Asterie. It's in Iran now and we need some information for it.

Added by Shaza on 19 November 2014.
If anybody wants to see what exactly went on on the P84 during the eighties, just go to youtube and type in 'North Sea Scandal'!

Added by Aidan Watts on 22 December 2014.
Hi Billy and Lawrence, I worked on her for the final hole before she was towed into the Cromarty firth and scrapped. I then went onto the Sedco 703

Added by Michael Curry on 31 January 2015.
i did post a P84 video to youtube. If you search for 'North Sea Scandal' on youtube you will find the video!!

Added by Aidan Watts on 31 January 2015.
Aye Jim Tait, any more further forward with the video

Added by Richie main on 13 February 2015.
I was gone by then Michael. My last trip on the P84 and offshore was in 85.

Billy.(Wullie the Painter)

Added by Billy Bruce on 13 February 2015.
North Sea Scandal preview is on YouTube by Aiden Watts, Very professional.

Added by Laurence on 19 February 2015.
Yes had a look at it. Very well done. Look forward to seeing the full thing.

Added by Wullie Bruce on 20 February 2015.
Hello gents, there is a rig I was at yesterday called The Archimedes or the Petrolia. Pentagon rig I think last of its kind.

Added by Jason on 20 February 2015.
Pentagons 84 was a very stable rig in an weather direction.. Was criminal scrapping it, was built in Finland and was as solid as a rock.. My first job was to clean up all the welds inside the bracings for MPI inspections..I couldn't do that mountaineering now with ropes and ladders at 45 deg angles..!.. Where is the Petrolia Jason..

Added by Laurence on 20 February 2015.
i have now downloaded the full video we shot, no editing I'm afraid but it is still pretty amusing in parts!! Go to youtube and search 'fooling around on Pentagone 84' .

Added by Aidan Watts on 20 February 2015.
There are 6 Pentagone Rigs left
Buchan Alpha
Archimedes (was Petrolia)Wet stacked in Port Arthur (GoM)
Noble Therlad Martin
Noble Lorriz Bouzugard
Zagreb 1
Viking Producer was scrapped last year in Galveston

Added by Gary Forsyth on 25 February 2015.
ok , but I need all the official Docs that prove the light weight of Asterie Drilling Rig

Added by Shaza on 26 February 2015.
Good job on the Video upload Aidan, I didn't see the Bob Petrie bit at the end, youtube must have taken it off.. that Forklift bit has me in stiches every time !

Added by Laurence on 26 February 2015.
Just found a bunch of photos from the P84, I'm pretty sure there's a few recognisable faces, will upload them as soon as get this bloody wireless printer connected then scan them.

Added by Richie main on 01 March 2015.
Well looks like the pictures I uploaded from Christmas 1982 from the p84 have not been accepted so if anybody wants copies then dope me an email at

Added by Richie main on 06 March 2015.
Worked as Marine Mechanic on the P84 in 1978. Joined in Norwegian waters for a trip, then on-board for the stormy tow to the North Alwyn concession. Broke a tow rope during the tow- down the legs through night to check the propulsion lifts working, lots of heave and heavy waves hitting the top door- had to time my dash across walkway, or lose a limb or even the head!!
Now retired in the Kingdom of Fife!

Added by Roderic Kyle on 18 April 2015.
I think Roderic may be remembering a different rig, too much deep-throating has unpredictable side-effects in later life. The P84 I was on had no propulsion, lifts???, and her deck was well out of the water when she was ballasted up (see photo).

Louis Mair

Added by Louis Mair on 06 May 2015.
There certainly were lifts On the P84, remember them well, ramshackle tiny ones, enough to squeeze 2 in at a push

Added by Richie main on 06 May 2015.
Roderick is correct, in rough weather the lifts will be turned off to prevent damage and he mentions checking the propulsion of which there were three units, Alfa, Charlie and Delta legs if I remember..1982...Stay of the whacky backyard

Added by Laurence Groundwater on 06 May 2015.
Thanks for helping the old brain chaps. At 72, I do sometimes doubt my memory but not with the P84. Anyone who has crawled through those tunnels connecting the leg to the thruster houses- plus the heat above the 2000hp? DC motors running at full power in a violent storm, will vouch that it could be scary!! She was ballasted, but at what level, I'm not sure. No way she could be towed in a force 9 unballasted- simples!
I went on from the P84 to a land rig in Abu Dhabi, then a jack-up in the Gulf. And onwards and upwards through life!

Added by Roderic Kyle on 07 May 2015.
Laurence.. Propulsion in Alpha. Charlie and Echo legs. Forward and 2 Aft..... Port and Starboard (Bravo and Delta) non propulsion.

Added by Billy Bruce on 07 May 2015.
Thanks Billy....if you look at the picture, you can make out the tops of the thruster housings above the pontoons. Access was through a narrow low tunnel just above the pontoon. I forgot to add- in 1986, I was on the North Alwyn hook-up. Heerama Hermod crane barge was on site for installation of the NAB jacket and bridge- I have pics! Oil was at £8.70 +/-. Total were looking at mothballing the project. Chernobyl reactor blew up and the rain clouds drifted over us. Another snippet of useless info!!

Added by Roderic Kyle on 08 May 2015.
Spot on Billy my memory if failing me, remember also crawling through those hatches to inspect those thrusters when running in bad weather..burst a cooling hose once, water flooded in, just as well the bilge system was in good nick with those submersible pumps preventing a disaster.

Added by Laurence Groundwater on 09 May 2015.
My apologies to Roderic. What made me suspicious of these postings was Chris Caldwell and the tale of "a chain broke". I don't remember a Chris Caldwell from my 8 months on the P84 drill crews. As maintenance was more a cheerful obcession than a mere job the story is inherently unlikely. A paid-up member of the muddy-gang would seem, to me, likely to tell us which chain it was. I am clearly getting a bit senile, does anyone remember Mr Caldwell and the chain?
My thanks to those who corrected my errors and a humble apology to Roderic Kyle.

Added by Louis Mair on 12 May 2015.
I could tell a few stories about P84, one time I remember I was sent down to the boat for replacing an anchor wire to slowly spool it of a big drum just stting on the deck of the boat, I recall going down to the anchor boat to "control" the new wire coming off this special braked drum with a enerpac pump.. Needless to say the brake did not hold no matter how furiously I pumped ! I had to run for cover as the Drum speadily increased in rpm sending wood and packaging in the air..scary.. The skipper of the boat did a great job, he had the sense to go a full ahead so the wire was layed nicely on the ocean floor and not in heap under the rig..those were the days..

Added by Laurence on 13 May 2015.
Laurence. Do you mind of a crane coming off its pedestal. See message dated 11th March 14 by Peter Bullard. I just cant mind of that happening. But maybe I was gone by then.

Added by Billy on 13 May 2015.
Great stories from some great rigs..!! The P82 is still around now named Pentagon 5000 and owned by my company Norscot Oil & Gas Pvt Ltd. We bought it from Ensco last year when she was working in South Africa where she still is and now sitting alongside in Port Elizabeth ready for new ventures and still in great shape.

Added by Ola Peter Tollefsen on 16 October 2015.
I was drilling engineer on the P82 in 1985 when we worked for Petrobras in Brasil. Then we moved her to the gulf of mexico. Could you please send or post some recent photos. Thanks

Philip Gosse

Added by Philip Gosse on 21 October 2015.
The West Venture was a 5 legged rig but not a pentagone design.She was possibly the first Norwegian semi. Was on the (misad)venture and the Petrolia. Am now enjoying retirement

Added by Graham Rosie on 24 August 2016.
What was the light weight of the P 82 ?

Added by John Boyle on 03 October 2016.
I was mud engineer on the Medusa drilling offshore France off Biscarosse for Elf as far as I remember during summer 1976.

Added by JF Mazet on 23 November 2016.
I worked Drill Master for Forex Neptune in 1975 out of Aberdeen Scotland. I was from Nova Scotia. I worked on this rig 2 weeks on 2 off rotation. First as a rosabout then as a crane operator. I was transfered to another Pentagon 81 out of Dundee November or December. This rig was towed into Stavanger Norway after two cables broke in the move, then two more in tow to next hole in a storm. We were adrift for 3 days heading to Iceland. It appeared to me the French Captain took the mooring off the wind side instead of the lee side. The rig rotate causing the other cables too rap around columns. The crew on this rig were just not together. There are other stories. That was my calling too leave. The company then offered me a job in Saudi Arabia. I thought about it until I asked how hot it gets there. He said between 45 & 50C oh I'm from Canada I melt in 30C. My only regret is that I should have gone down just for the experience.

Added by Don MacDonald on 04 March 2017.
I remember being a few days about 1984 on a drilling offshore mer ironise named: divy Alpha 2? Is that name correct?


Added by Masselin on 05 March 2017.
I should add a few more comments about P84-Drill Master. We drill few holes for ESSO and I think Texaco. in the Brent field. A week or so before I started. Two divers were working on the ocean floor about 350 ft. when the pin from the counter weight came off somehow. The diver that was working outside the bell was the one that was recovered. The fellow that was feeding the hoses tonthe working diver was not. That bell came up to the surface in a shot. Another incident was when a crane mechanic came too service the Starboard crane by the heliport and mistakenly grease the break. When they put the crane through tests the jib took on the shape of the deck. I had just came on board after rotation and had too take the jib off and send it away. The men on that rig were such a together crew compared too P81. I worked in the oil patch in Calgary for 15 or so years as a Draftsmen. My boss worked on P84 Drill Master in Hudson Bay what a coincidence. I worked in both sectors Nor/Scot. Another adventure was when our Norwegian radioman intercepted a Russian call that they were planning an attack to see how easy it would be to capture the rig. Within less than an hour the British were flying over us with sub tracking planes with long stingers out the back. My shift was over and the crew gave us play by play of the British doing a mock attack and how easy it was. I missed all the excitement. I launched the rescue boats one time and in dead calm sea the rise and fall was 6ft. I knew that if we ever had a problem there was no way we could get off the rig espically in a storm. You had too take off 2 D-Rings off the bow and stern at the same time on a gunnale that was 2 or 3 inches wide. When I launched that day had got mine off but the other end didn't. I couldn't leave my D-Ring go and on the next wave he got it off. Thought I was going to swim too the column. I got the chance too experience that as well. Our stand by or rescue boat (rusty old tub) a mile off could be seen with 1/3 of the bow and stern showing. Lots of good memories on P-84.

Added by Don MacDonald on 08 March 2017.
I cant mind of any thing like that happening while I was there. Are you shure it was the Pentagone 84. The Pentagone 84 and the Drillmaster were two different rigs.

Added by Billy Bruce on 11 July 2017.
Hi all I worked on the P84 in 82 as a steward for chalk catering, it was the only way I could get on the rigs at that time .i remembered most of the names mentioned fondly.Yorkie the crane op got me a job with Forex as a roustabout then as his assistant, but I wanted to be a roughneck so I joined Italian Tony's crew with Gordon jagular wee dod , andy mcseveny, Mick curry to mention a few .The P84 was a fantastic wee rig to work on as were all the crews , I can recall a load of fantastic memories of life on the P84.i remember the night one of the divers ( can't remember his name now but he had a massive tattoo of an Indian chief on his back ) crept into the tool pushers ( eve Charles I think ) bedroom and stole a few bottles of booze so we could continue the party in the decompression chamber. Monsieur Charles was raging next morning he threatened to run us all off the rig but the diver put his hands up and was dully sent home .i worked on there until we took her into Invergorden to be scrapped (such a sad day ) I then continued on to work on the sedco 703 then the 712 until I had a bad accident up the derrick .

Added by John brand on 27 January 2018.
Hi, I'm looking for information about the P85 (Venture one, DF 96, )My father worked on it from before it was launched right up until 1992 when at the age of 63 he was made redundant after 18 years service. He worked as a motor man looking after the big Cats. His name was Harry Lavery. His buddy Ron Clark (medic) made a video of my dad in the engine room back in 1986 I have it in my possession. When my dad was on night shift and after he put his Big Cats to bed he would sit at his desk in the motor room and write a letter to my mam and he often sent her poetry. My mother has recently given me over 40 of his poems to look at. They are absolutely hilarious, they are so funny, they are all about life on the rigs. So as my wife writes books I have now commissioned her compile all these poems into a book. So I'm hoping to track down people that worked on the rig and may know my dad and also I would like to know what has happened to the rig since my dad left it.

Thank you Harry jnr

Added by Harry lavery on 18 February 2018.
My buddy was Serigo Minecas (I am sure sure I have the name spelled wrong. He was a material man on one of the other rigs. He camed to Canada on a visit when I lived in Toronto. He did some traveling in Canada. Then went back. Last I heard he married and was living in Malta. He was from Uruguay. Lived in Neitherlands He and I shared an apartment in Dundee. The funny thing was having enough 10P to have the gas flow as it was pay as you go. Also the pup crawls. Great memories.
Don MacDonald
Calgary, AB

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