• Short Summary

    A giant drilling barge - for the North Sea Oil Explorations - has been launched at John Brown's shipyard on the Clyde.

  • Description

    A giant drilling barge - for the North Sea Oil Explorations - has been launched at John Brown's shipyard on the Clyde. It was the first of three barges - costing a total of about six million pounds - which John Brown's are building for the International Drilling Company. It was an unusual launch - of an unusual vessel.

    The launching flag was there. But otherwise, there was no launching ceremony... no bands playing... no bottle of champagne. Just the pressing of a tiny button.

    And the giant barge -- complete with helicopter platform - went smoothly down the slipway into the river. A ship with a difference. A ship, not so much to sail the sea, as to stand on the sea bottom.

    It's giant steel legs will be fitted later.

    The Barge - able to drill to a depth of twenty thousand feet under the North Sea bottom - is expected to go into service in August.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJDABKFJ0OPHT6PNHIP7ZL9TM
    Media URN:
    VLVAJDABKFJ0OPHT6PNHIP7ZL9TM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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