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Brent Charlie
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No: 357   Contributor: Hamish Irvine   Year: 1984   Country: United Kingdom
Brent Charlie

Taken from the roof of the hanger on Treasure Finder accommodation semi-sub.
Picture added on 26 April 2007
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great to see the old rig again i was a steward with kelvin 1984

Added by Tommy Sharkey on 05 November 2007.
I worked on the hook up as a valve tech on loan to Brown and Root. Great times. Wish I could visit there again.

Added by Keith Allmark on 06 February 2008.
my dad worked on Brent C in the 80's but unfortunately was in the helicopter accident in 86 - Malcolm Woodhouse..... Anyone remember him ?

Added by Michelle on 19 August 2008.
I was there 1978, on the treasure finder for Mather and Platt fire protection.

Added by Michael Cp on 07 September 2008.
I worked for Loffland bros Motorman nick name Popeye - anyone remember me?

Added by Brian Phoenix on 12 July 2009.
I am presently on the Charlie, great platform, great buch of lads.

Added by Andy Swales on 28 August 2009.
I was a crane op , when the rig first touched down.

Added by John Hodgson on 23 September 2009.
I worked for Loffland Brothers in the early eighties as a roustabout and floorhand, the Driler on my shift was Mark Cucerra from Wyoming. I had 3 1/2 years on her and lots of good memories.

Added by Graeme Ellis on 15 October 2009.
I was employed on the Brent C 1980-82 by Wimpey Offshore as an instrument pipefitter, later to work for ASCO M&I instruments on Brent B.

Added by Terry Minal on 21 October 2009.
I Drilled on Lofflands rig's 223 & 26 for about 6yer's Great company, good people :-)

Added by Jack Whitney on 06 January 2010.
I worked for Brown & Root about 1978. At the time there was a satirical sheet called Bullfrog which I was accused of writing.

Added by Frank Arthur on 03 February 2010.
I work on the Charlie in the warehouse on the celler deck in sheel store with Wood Group.

Added by George C. B. Winters on 20 August 2010.
I worked in North Sea on Rig 81 from spudding 1st well until 1st workover, then went to Saudi for Lofflands. Chuck Laws was our mechanic, Bill Hardman was the sparky, anyone remember them?



Added by Barry Holt on 21 August 2010.
I worked on the Ninja's then, from 1981 to 98, as roustie to AD. Good bunch of guys.

Added by Paul Mcquade on 30 August 2010.
I worked on the Ninians (rig 84 South, rig 81 Central) from 1978 to 1980 then on the Brent Charlie (rig 43) then overseas working on Ocean Master 4. Came back to Ninian central 1988 till 2009. Now on the North Alwyn.

Added by George Bendelow on 30 August 2010.
I started on Ninian South in 1979, then to Saudia Arabia, Land Rigs, and the Ocean Master series. Back to Ninian in 1986. Now on the Britannia. Remember Paul M - George B. also worked with Bill Hardman the sparky of the Central. Good days Guys.

Added by Alistair Powers on 07 September 2010.
My dad worked on the Charlie up in Kishorn then out in the North Sea. His name is Ron Martin.
Eddy Banjo the welder also worked on this platform.

Added by Paul Martin on 20 September 2010.
I worked on Charlie when she was built at Ardyne, Happy, happy days and on her many times and when the iconic pictures were taken of her in 100 ft seas from the Treasure Finder flotel was aboard Treasure Finder wondering if we would survive! Was also working on Stadive under Brent Charlie when Chinook India Charlie left for the beach and worked hard to recover 42 of the 43 souls lost. Memories very happy and very sad but what a happy platform and what a great bunch of guys.

Added by Pete on 14 November 2010.
I work on Brent Charlie now. She's not bad for an old girl.

Where can I find the pictures of her in the heavy seas? Been told one hangs in the bar at the station in Aberdeen? Is there any online??

Added by J. Mauchline on 16 November 2010.
My dad worked on Brent Charlie for eight years for Wimpey. he lost his life coming home at the Sumburgh air disaster on Shetland. Did anyone know him, Ron Hughes?

Added by Dominic Hughes on 06 January 2011.
I worked as a stewardess on the Charlie - anyone remember or like to forget me!

Added by Irene Wright on 25 January 2011.
I do have lots of pics taken on Charlie, one of the Wimpey deck crew and another taken from a life boat trial, great memories.

Added by John Hodgson, Crane Op on 04 February 2011.
Love to see the pictures John.

Added by Dominic Hughes on 25 March 2011.
I was on the brent charlie at the time of the disaster of 1986 and shared a cabin with Malcolm who was on the other shift.

Added by Sam Armstrong on 01 April 2011.
Charlie was the first long term job I was on offshore. Went there as an electrical commissioning tech for Wilson Walton MOD, and spent two years there before starting for Shell direct in 1979, and being sent to the Cormorant Alpha. Had a great time there and met lots of gread lads there. Good times.

Added by Dave Chapman on 03 April 2011.
I was working on Charlie in Stavanger on the legs when I was on my 14 days off from Ekofisk. I was also there when we mount the deck on the top on the legs. I think this was in 1978. At that time Aker weere the main contractor.

Added by Carl Peter Wiig on 07 May 2011.
My dad was Tony Simpson who worked on the rig to 1986 but was one of the souls lost on that chinook accident as well. Always remembered along with all the other guys!!!!

Added by Scott Simpson on 12 November 2011.
I worked on the Charlie in 86 for Loffland Bros and have some nice pics, one brill one in really heavy seas.

Added by Ricky Fryer on 14 November 2011.
Was the first rig I ever worked on back on the LTFD project for Woodgroup. 1996 was the year and the Polyconfidence was parked up beside........5 star accommodation. Just wondering where every man and there dog are, were over 800 men on board at the one time. What a laugh with some treasured memories of some fab characters I met.

Added by Ally McFarlane on 30 March 2012.
My Dad Lu Johnson worked on the Brent Charlie in the 80's and early 90's. He never really got over losing all his friends in the Chinook accident.

Added by Rachel Johnson on 13 April 2012.
I worked on " charlie" in, I think 77and 78 with the safety section with Jim Hammond and Howard Woodhouse for Wimpey and remember having to go down that ladder to the caisons with a fire extinguisher on my shoulder, God, I was fit then. Any how I do have quite a few fotos if I can find them so if any one wants copies just Email me and I will send them.

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Added by George Seear on 04 May 2012.
My grandad worked on Charlie! James Owens, he was a baker. Don't know if anyone would know him?

Added by Paul Owens on 22 May 2012.
Hi All I am Karl Allen was called walkabout due to my Australian connection worked on the Charlie with Loffland Brothers as a motor man with Mechanic Tom Law, and Mike Mackenzie the sparky. Great times 1983.

Added by Karl Allen on 08 June 2012.
My Dad passed away a few years ago, he worked on Charlie in Stavangar, found photos of the build and his notes in his possessions, Bill Steele, anyone remember him?

Added by Andrew Steele on 25 July 2012.
Worked on the Charlie from 1990-1996, worked in the Duck Bridge stores (what a dump) but have lots of good memories, still got the video of the LTFD we did 95/96.

Added by Hamish Leisk on 01 October 2012.
Worked on Charlie on 1980...1990 my name Luigi Ferrara I worked on the Billy Gilbert crew as assistant driller (the best time of my life)thank you Charlie

Added by Luigi Ferrara on 25 November 2012.
Hi Luigi, I can remember you, you were on my opposite shift but when I stayed back from time to time we met. The Charlie in the 80's where great days and good times. How 30 years have just flew bye.

Added by Karl Allen on 27 November 2012.
My dad worked for Lofflands in the early 80s, Doug smith, and lot of blokes from Gravesend, Kent. He was a crane op, I forget all their names, I think one was Rik Hess from the states, my dad still gets cards from the Thais who worked with him, if anybody remembers him please write back

Added by Gary Smith on 24 December 2012.
Hi Luigi it's good to see your name again we worked together on Billy's crew I was the Motoman the Mechanic was Rod Crawford from New Zealand he was a really nice bloke the spark was Mike Bage (Scooter) he was nuts but a real mate to me. The Rousterbout Pusher was John Edwards he was the salt of the Earth a real good mate he lost his son James in a chopper ditching coming back from a Rig in the North Sea. I never kept in touch with anyone from the Brent C but like you said they were great times.

Added by Brian Phoenix (Popeye) on 27 December 2012.
Hi Brian, you also must have worked as back to back with my self as I was the motorman. Mechanic was Tom Law and Cotton Paterson tool pusher. I know a few of the names you mention but have problems remembering you, still was a long time ago.

Added by Karl Allen walkabout on 05 January 2013.
my dad dougal smith has just visited me, he, s give me some more names of the fellas he worked with , on lofflands ocean masters in the early 80s, heres some, mac namara [welder], terry wallace[crane op], kenny whitewick [crane op], freddy smith[crane op].monty, eric taylor[crane op], brian baldwin, if any body remembers any of these, please write back, thanks

Added by Gary Smith on 19 January 2013.
Hey Luigi, we were in the same Rig 43 crew. Tool-pusher, Kotton Patterson. Driller, Scott Bell then Earl Masztalar. Roughnecks, you, Kiwi John Anderson, Derek Hunter, Phil Cunningham (other names need remembering). I was roustabout pusher after Hans Rossing. Never such entertainment as you guys on the drill-floor.

Added by Harold Jones on 07 March 2013.
Hi I worked on Charlie in the eighties as a chef my name is Terry Hogan I remember Jimmy Owens the baker very well and Tommy Sharkey, I have loads of photos from them days. Camp boss was Ken Mccauley. tool pushers Lyle Hopkins, Don Williams, and Scot Bell.

Added by Terry Hogan on 17 March 2013.
Hi. Terry I guess I have eaten your cooking every 2nd fortnight. I was the motor man for Lofflands brothers, mechanic was Tom Law, the tool pushers you mention I knew we'll.

Added by Karl Allen on 22 March 2013.
To all the ex Loffland Bros crews, Luigi, Popeye to name a couple, last week I with the help of Harold Jones (Now in NZ) started a blog on Likedin, just type in Loffland Bros, started 1979, left the Charlie in 1996, now working as Senior Drilling Supervisor for E.ON, anyone remember Boris from Preston?

Added by Derek Hunter on 22 March 2013.
Hi Terry good to hear from you its been a long time what are you up to? I left Kelvin 1986 to start my own business in knitwear - I went back offshore breifly 1996 but had to give it up as my wife took ill. She's OK now. I'm working for the council. Can you remember Duncan Brough radio opp, and Scott Henderson steward, Pat Copland chef.

Added by Tommy Sharkey on 09 April 2013.
Hi Tommy, good to hear you're OK, I had a couple of restaurants of my own, I am a lecturer in a local college now. I remember Duncan and Scott. His father Larry was the boss of Kelvin if I remember right, Matt not Pat Copeland was a camp boss on the Cormorant Alpha last I heard.

Added by Terry Hogan on 28 April 2013.
Hi Earl Masztalar here, anyone remember me? worked on Brent C in the 80s

Added by Earl Masztalar on 26 May 2013.
Hey Earl!
Yes I remember you well, I was one of your crew in the early eighties!
There's a group of past Lofflands crew on Linked In - if you can go on there just search for "Lofflands Brothers"
You will find some past colleagues!

Added by Graeme Ellis on 03 June 2013.
Hey Earl,

This is Derek (Ralph to you guys!) I for sure rememeber you, how is it going. There has been an ex Lofflnad Brothers group started on Linked in check it out and catch up with some "old" brothers. Hope al is well.

Added by Derek Paterson on 10 June 2013.
Hi guys. Bob Sims ex 43 electrician from about 1980. Recognise most of names mentioned. Sure I saw Boris on some obscure tv channel a few years ago, racing across Europe. Still in touch with a few of the guys, but some I'm afraid have moved on to the big rig in the sky. I have great memories of times spent with friends just above the 61st parallel. Best wishes to anybody who may have any recollections of our times there.

Added by Bob Sims on 20 June 2013.
Worked on the Charlie for 12 years and travelled out on the Chinook that crashed on its return to Sumburgh. Many memories recalled of that time.



Added by Rodney Jones on 04 July 2013.
Good Evening to all ex - Loffland Brothers, sadly on 16/07/2013 I attended the funeral of Bill Louden in Edinburgh, Mike Barton, Davie Millar, and myself were there, I know plenty of the old brothers thoughts and condolences went to Brenda Bills widow and her boys.
A lovely guy gone, but not forgotten.

Added by Derek Hunter on 19 August 2013.
Hi worked on the Charlie many times for Hydra-Tight and on the Treasure Finder good times.

Added by Glenn Dixon on 18 October 2013.
worked for lofflands port Clarence yard 1976

Added by Ann Speight on 18 November 2013.
I worked on the Loffland brothers Land Rig 126 in Saudi Arabia as a Motorman with Rig Supertendent John Obrie and Night puo sher Sam Paulak in 1983 to 1985 any one remember me

Added by Mohammed Aslam on 28 February 2014.
I worked on rig 325 in Tablerock, Wyoming in 1976 anyone remember me.

Added by Ron Simenson on 02 March 2014.
Worked on Charlie, firstly in Stord with Vauldale, then offshore, good times with Wimpey BR JV, long time past, was that really 1978?

Added by Smalesy on 18 May 2014.
I was a crane op for sparrows, was there when Charlie was floated out remember lots of names on here, me and my mate terry hogins came from Plymouth, they called us the whirsuls

Added by John Hodgson on 11 June 2014.
I was Chief Electrician on Loffland 74 in the gulf of Mexico catching or flying out of Venice La. in the early 80s. Great rig. Dudley Theriot was pusher then. Anybody out there?


Added by Jeff Haddock on 29 August 2014.
I worked on the long-term hook-up of Brent C from late 1977 until around 1982 as a material controller. Lots of happy memories of some of the characters on there. I plan to visit Australia next year and would like to meet-up with an old colleague and friend - John Burke (Skippy) from Chadstone in Melbourne, anyone know his whereabouts? Bob Turner

Added by Bob Turner on 21 October 2014.
Sad news today, from my old pal Les Traynor, he informed me that Vic Crow, my old derrickman on the Brent Charlie with Loffland Bros had passed away, another brother gone.
RIP Vic.
Boris.

Added by Derek Hunter on 22 October 2014.
I. Work for Loffland .Br on Eldfisk bravo on Ekofisk norway

Added by Arne geir rosengren on 07 December 2014.
shame new Vic and his son well. God be with him he was a sound bloke

Added by Terry Hogan on 12 December 2014.
I guess as we get older our memory tends to fade but when I was working on Brent Charlie I remember very well that we lived on the TREASURE HUNTER and went over that walkway to work on the platform and its a sad, sad memory about all those guys that were lost just happened to occurr when I was on my 2 week leave. God bless them all.

Added by George Seear on 07 February 2015.
Hi , I had great times on rig 43 with some of these guys , great times great memories . My brother and I both worked on the Charlie, I hope you guys are all well . I can remember most of the crew . Earl , kiwi john , kiwi Phil, kiwi Larry ( Mandy) , luigi, boris , scooter , slim , yashu , davie Piri , Graeme ( bag puss) john wood Campbell , lyle Hopkins , Jackie ferry , lee, Howard, and loads more . Take you you guys

Added by John mccartney on 20 February 2015.
I worked as document controller on LTFD in the mid 90sand can still remember the concerts for charity held onboard and like Hamish Leisk still have the video

Added by John Mackenzie on 23 February 2015.
My grandfather worked for Loffland for over 30yrs. West Texas and Nevada. Willard Adams I do not know the rig numbers or anything but was a pusher for a long time.

Added by Christie on 13 March 2015.
Hi long shot but did anyone at Loffland work with my dad Colin North - I don't know the rigs he worked on though?

Added by Sarah north on 11 September 2015.
I'm trying to connect with people who might have worked for Loffland Brothers in Costa Rica in the 1950s and 1960s in association with a university history and archaeology project. I would appreciate any leads -- richardsn[at]ecu.edu. Thank you

Added by Nathan on 25 January 2016.
My dad Adrain Lynn LeDoux worked for Loffland back in the 80's. He was a tool pusher that worked in the Persian Gulf on the Ocean Master series rigs. Ocean Master #4 and #5 if I remember correctly.

Shoot me an email if you remember him.

Added by Travis LeDoux on 29 April 2016.
Hi all you Loffland people. I started on Rig 43 in 1982. I worked for a year before going to work as an engineer in Lofflands Aberdeen office. I left Loffland in 1984 just before Nabors bought the company. I have many happy memories on Brent C and Ninian Central and South. Great people. Sad to hear Bill Louden who was the Derrick hand has passed away. He was a lovely guy.

Added by Terry Moore on 31 October 2016.
I worked with Bill for a number of years, both with Loffland & KCAD. Bill was one of the best Guys you could ever meet.

Added by Alistair Powers on 25 January 2017.
My Father in law "Big Eck" (Eric Cruickshank) worked on the Charlie as a sparky and has told many stories of his time on there. Unfortunately he passed away last year after a short spell in hospital.



Added by Mick Bateson on 01 April 2017.
Hi Mick sorry to hear about Eric I worked on Charlie with him in the 80, s.A really good guy, pass on my condolences.

Added by Allan Cameron on 19 April 2017.
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