A giant drilling barge - for the North Sea Oil Explorations - has been launched at John Brown's shipyard on the Clyde.
Pan from river to oil rig on slipway
C/S "Launch" flag
Props being knocked away
Props being carried away
"All Clear" sign
MS Mr. Parker pressing launching button
Rig going down slipway
MS Men cheering
LS. Rig until tugs in river
LS. Quayside with "legs"
FILM: - The Clyde had never seen a launch - or a barge - quite like it!
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Background: 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.