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Rig Worker's Alphabet (Jim Payne) videos
#1111: YouTube video by thebluefairie
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

A for Atlantic, that saltwater well,
B for the ballast and the boys in the bell;
C for the chopper that brought us out here,
And D is the danger that lurks everywhere.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

E for the engine room, F for the flange,
G for the Grand Banks just off Newfoundland;
Also for the galley where the grub is so good,
And H is for home where we'd stay if we could.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

I for the icebergs come drifting down through,
J is the job that we're out here to do;
K for the knowledge that built this damn thing,
And L is for lifting what the supply boats bring.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

M for the monkey board, N for the noise,
O is for oil under ocean it lies;
P for the pontoon that keeps us afloat,
And Q is for quickly you stay on your toes.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

R for the roughneck who knows all the tricks,
S for the SEDCO, the seven-oh-six;
T the toolpusher, top man on the job,
And also for treble three thirty foot rods.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

U is for under we don't want to go,
V for a valve that lets all things flow;
W for weather and the waves it do bring,
And X for excuse me if you think I can't sing.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

Y for a yell if a man's overboard,
A yippee and yahoo when we gets onshore;
Z for the zipper to do up your dry suit,
You put it on first, boys, then haul on your boots.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

So hearty are we who work out on the rig,
Where the seas they do roll and the waves are so big;
Blow high or blow low, the wind it do roar,
There's no job on earth like one working offshore.

####.... Jim Payne of Notre Dame Bay, NL ....####
Recorded by Jim Payne (Jim Payne & Kelly Russell, trk#3, 1983, Pigeon Inlet Productions, St John's, NL); and (Wave Over Wave: Old & New Songs Of Atllantic Canada / Jim Payne & Fergus O'Byrne, trk#3, 1995, SingSong Inc, St John's, NL, 1997 ECMA Roots/Traditional Artist Nominee).

See more songs by Jim Payne.

The video above features photographs from the Atlantic Osprey ROV boat, the Henry Goodrich oil rig, the GSF Grand Banks oil rig, the Sea Rose FPSO, the Terra Nova, FPSO, and additional material from offshore workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

(GlobalSantaFe) GSF Grand Banks is on long term contract to the White Rose Development Project. Built in 1984 by Saint John Shipbuilding at the New Brunswick Canada shipyard and managed by Transocean Ltd, she is a semisubmersible self-propelled oil rig operated by Husky Energy Inc in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, rated for a water depth of 1500 feet and a drilling depth of 25,000 feet, and can accommodate 120 crew under the flag of Panama.

The Henry Goodrich, owned by Transocean Inc, is a propulsion assisted semisubmersible oil rig capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 2000 feet and maximum drill depth of 30,000 feet. Built in 1985 by Mitsui at the Tamano Japan shipyard, she accommodates 146 crew under the flag of Panama.

From Transocean Inc Fleet Specifications: SEDCO 706 - dynamically-positioned Sedco 700 design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in moderate environments and water depths up to 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) using 18¾-inch 10,000 psi BOP and 21-inch OD marine drilling riser.

From Industry Canada's Glossary of Oil and Gas Terms: FPSO - floating production and system offloader; floating offshore oil production vessel that has facilities for producing, treating and sorting oil from several producing wells and which puts (offloads) the treated oil into a tanker ship for transport to refineries on land; some FPSOs are also capable of drilling; in this case they are termed floating production, drilling and system offloaders (FPSOs).

From Wikipedia: ROV - remotely operated vehicle; a tethered underwater robot. They are common in deepwater industries such as offshore hydrocarbon extraction. An ROV may sometimes be called a remotely operated underwater vehicle to distinguish it from remote control vehicles operating on land or in the air. ROVs are unoccupied, highly maneuverable and operated by a person aboard a vessel. They are linked to the ship by a tether (sometimes referred to as an umbilical cable), a group of cables that carry electrical power, video and data signals back and forth between the operator and the vehicle. High power applications will often use hydraulics in addition to electrical cabling. Most ROVs are equipped with at least a video camera and lights. Additional equipment is commonly added to expand the vehicle's capabilities. These may include sonars, magnetometers, a still camera, a manipulator or cutting arm, water samplers, and instruments that measure water clarity, light penetration and temperature.

The video below features Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne performing this song at the free lunchtime concert at Harbourside Park in St John's, NL. This series of weekly summer concerts is sponsored by the City of St John's.


#319: YouTube video by dshorock
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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