Ocean Ranger Memorial, St. John's Newfondland
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N 47° 34.944 W 052° 43.474
22T E 370322 N 5271328
A Memorial for those who lost their lives in the sinking of 'The Ocean Ranger'
Waymark Code: WM6K8K
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Date Posted: 06/13/2009
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
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THE OCEAN RANGER was the Titanic of the offshore exploration industry. Operated by Mobil Oil, she was the largest semi-submersible, oil-drilling platform of the day and because of her size drilled in areas too dangerous for other rigs. Like the Titanic, the vessel was considered unsinkable.

On Sunday, 14 February 1982, a winter storm with 100 mph winds and 60 foot swells developed south of Newfoundland and headed for the Grand Banks where the Ocean Ranger was drilling 315 kilometres southeast of St John’s. Around 7 pm, with seas now over 100 feet high, the crew informed the Mobil Oil shore base that the main deck had been hit by a huge wave.

Then another giant wave crashed over the rig, smashing through the ballast control room port hole. Water rushed in, shorted the control panel, causing the rig to list to about 10 degrees.

The crew then attempted to manually start the pumps to right the rig but there were no manuals on board explaining how the ballast control system worked. Knowledge had been passed from one crew rotation
to the next by word of mouth. Instead of emptying the ballast tank on the side where the rig was listing, the men pumped in more water, increasing the list to about 15 degrees.

Their fate was sealed. The Ocean Ranger radioed it was abandoning ship. Rescue attempts by helicopter and the attending supply ship, Seaforth Highlander, were hampered by the storm and cold water and a
lifeboat capsised when desperate crew members tried to climb a rescue line thrown to them from the supply ship. The Seaforth Highlander then launched its own large inflatable life raft, but it floated away just out of reach of the drowning men.

At 3:38 am on 15 February, the rig capsised and sank to the floor of the Grand Banks. All 84 hands aboard the Ocean Ranger perished. A Canadian Royal Commission spent two years looking into the disaster and its recommendations had a major impact on design, construction and safety procedures for the offshore oil and gas industry.

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In Memoria:

Jim Dodd
Derek Escott
Cyril Greene
Derek Holden
Rick Sheppard
Frank Smit
Daniel Conway
Terrance Dwyer
Fred Harnum
Randy Noseworthy
John Pinhorn
Dennis Ryan
William Smith
Woodrow Warford
Tom Hatfield
Arthur Dagg
Kenneth Chafe
Gerald Clarke
Douglas Putt
Gary Crawford
Norman Halliday
Wayne Miller
Gord Mitchell
Perry Morrison
Greg Caines
Wayne Drake
Cliff Kuhl
Robert Wilson
David Chalmers
Robert Howell
Robert Fenez
Jack Jacobson
Robert Madden
George Augot
Nicholas Baldwin
Kenneth Blackmore
Thomas Blevins
David Boutcher
Wade Brinston
Paul Bursey
Norman Dawe
Thomas Donlon
Joseph Burry
Leon Droddy
William Dugas
Domenic Dyke
Andrew Evoy
Randell Ferguson
Ronald Foley
Melvin Freid
Carl Fry
George Grandy
Guy Garbeau
Regineld Gorum
Capt. Clarence Hauss
Ron Heffernan
Gregory Hickey
Robert Hicks
Albert Howell
Harold LeDrew
Robert LeDrew
Michael Maurice
Ralph Melendy
Ken O'Brien
Paschal Joesph O'Neill
George Palmer
Clyde Parsons
Donald Pieroway
Willie Powell
Gerald Power
Donald Rathbun
William Smith
Ted Staplton
Benjamin Kent Thompson
Craig Tilley
Gerald Vaughn
Michael Watkin
Robert Winsor
Stephen Winsor
Robert Arsenault
Darryl Reid
Greg Tiller

Disaster Date: 02/15/1982

Memorial Sponsors: Province of Newfoundland & Labroador

Disaster Type: Technological

Relevant Website: [Web Link]

Date of dedication: Not listed

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

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