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High Seas Driller
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No: 699   Contributor: Andy Boggett   Year: 1987   Country: United Kingdom
High Seas Driller

Before it was painted red.
Picture added on 20 February 2008
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Think that was taken when she belonged to Houlder Marine Drilling.

Added by Anon on 21 February 2008.
I think this picture was taken prior to April 1991 as the large VSAT dome below the Port crane had not been installed yet..

Added by AGW on 29 July 2008.
I was on the High Seas Diller approx for 17 years join her in Invergordon new as driller, then night tool pusher for 8 years then STP for 9 years had to retire due to illness

Added by William Harrison on 19 June 2013.
The rig was sold to Stena Drilling in 1987. I joined her in January 1988 as derrickman working for Tony Kerslake. Stayed with the rig until 1994, left her as driller. Great rig, great people

Added by Bob Petrie on 10 February 2014.
I joined the rig just when Stena took over from holder I worked as roustabout think it was 5 years old when I joined everything was pretty new coming from older jackups the Mr mac and the claymore platform

Added by Ian Houston on 16 November 2014.
Hi William Harrison, I'm Tony's son. Tony passed away 3 years ago and I've just stumbled across this comment online. Do you have any photos of Tony, or any particular stories you could share with me? I'd greatly appreciate anything you have that relates to my dad. Feel free to email me directly to for a chat about my old man! I really hope you read this. Thanks

Added by Joshua Kerslake on 19 February 2015.
Josh hi my name is finian Walsh I was the cementer on the high seas for several years in the mid 80 s did he and your mum have hair salons called snips? Don't ask me why that sticks min my mind as for stories he was a good guy to work with I had a ball on that rig with all the boys I think Tony's crew had a lot of Australian lads st that time I'm retired now but did meet a night pusher in Holland coming from Norway where the rig was working 4 or 5?years ago.
Your dad was fun to work with chees

Added by Finian Walsh on 16 July 2016.
Cut my roughnecking teeth on here, had some great times with some great people. would go back in a heartbeat.

Added by MarcLang on 01 August 2016.
Scrubbed, painted, greased, scrubbed, scrubbed this baby again. Was a relatively old bloke when I joined the Spey after sunning myself in Tenerife for a number of years. It was a huge physical and cultural challenge to me but there was no way that I would let it beat me. Looking back, it was awesome.

Added by Cliff Rollinson on 03 December 2016.
High seas driller was the first rig to come into Cromarty firth on heavy lift ship.and I worked on it for 36 hours before it left for north sea cannot remember the year. Can anyone tell me if this rig was renamed.


Added by Mark on 19 December 2017.
Mick Milne here. I joined the High Seas Driller in 1991 as an agency rig-welder. I worked alongside Jake Coutts and George Mitchell. I aboard the rig for the entirety of its 1991 Top Drive refit in Mac Nutley's Redhead yard in South Shields.
My nickname on the rig was Shackles given to be by Struan the derrick man in reference to the large hooped ear-ring I wore. I was also known as the guy who wore a section of cut off jean leg on my head as a hat.
I remember with fondness all of the crew members who accepted me into the tight knit bosom they'd established amongst themselves.
During the two years of my attachment to the HSD I shared many adventures with my crew mates on and off the rig. One occasion being a social function at the Lovat hotel in Perth.
Stan the man who worked in the galley sticks out in my mind with great affection.
When I left the rig I spent time working on Kingsnorth Explorer, the Dundee Explorer, the Ross Explorer, the Shelf Explorer, the Nordic Explorer and the Transocean Leader. After that I had a change of career and became an Transocean RSTC and Start Champion which put me on a merry-go-round of travelling the world amongst the entire Transocean fleet which culminated in an assignment to "Big Rig" better know as the Mighty Jack Bates. In 2004 after completing a contact with Enterprise, drilling the Dooish field on the west coast of Ireland the rig was awarded a contract to drill in the most environmentally sensitive locations around the coast of Australia, this required the rig to be shipped aboard on the back of a submersible vessel called the Mighty Servant. We had a 7 day stop over in Richards Bay in South Africa where we had amazing adventures like visiting Durban sea life centre and a safari park but the best was visiting Shaka-land the home of the Zulu tribe.
During this trip I was lucky enough to cement a life long friendship with a young stewardess named Shelley. But due to Shelley's reassignment to a Rowan Jack-up we lost touch. But I'm happy to report we are now back together and intend sharing our future as soul-mates and life partners.
None of this would ever have happened if it weren't for the warm welcome I received from the High Seas Driller Crew those many years before Shelley first entered my life in 2001.
So thank you guys for helping hopes and dreams to come true.

You will always remain in my kindest thoughts.

Peace and goodwill from Shelley and Mick.

Added by Mick Milne (Shakles) on 29 May 2018.
Hi. My name is Keith Knight. I worked on the High seas driller for a few years.Brian Petrie and bill harrison were their Bill harrison was driller. Had some great times on their.Tommy robson from sunderland was my crane op and stuart fitzpatrick was also a crane op but is now sadly not of this world. I remeber Jake couts and many others. Lenny Ethil was a Kiwi driller on their too.

Added by Keith B Knight on 29 November 2018.
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