Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger Disaster by Mike Heffernan

Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger Disaster

byMike Heffernan

Kobo ebook | February 10, 2009

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In the early hours of February 15, 1982, while undertaking exploratory drilling one hundred and seventy nautical miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland, the Ocean Ranger, the Titantic of semi-submersible oil rigs, capsized and sank in a severe weather storm. All eighty-four crewmen, including fifty-six Newfoundlanders, were lost. It was Canada's worst maritime disaster since the Second World War, leaving that tightly-knit island province shattered to its core. Reeling in debt and unemployment, offshore oil development was seen as Newfoundland's economic salvation. But when the Ocean Ranger went down, it took with it the hopes and dreams of a generation. The hurt still runs deep, even after twenty-seven years. Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger Disaster, a collection of first-person accounts and previously unpublished photographs, describes events as they unfolded from those most greatly affected-victims' families, former rig workers, emergency responders and government officials. It is an intimate journey through grief and sadness and the search for meaning in the most devasting of tragedies.
Title:Rig: An Oral History of the Ocean Ranger DisasterFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Creative Book PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent point of view The book tells a very good story from the family's perspective in regards to oil rig workers and what goes on. I went into this book not knowing anything about the industry but by the end of it I had a good introduction and made me much more respectful of the workers and what they go through to provide for their family.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Always Remember Although I was not in the Oil and Gas Industry when this happened, by reading this book, the memories came back as to that fateful in February 1982. As your read each interview, you got to see a different opinion from relative of love ones lost. it is through them that their life will always be remembered. Each person lost was a husband, brother, father , son and should always be remembered. The only thing I found missing was that there was few reference to the Royal Commission, and whether any of the recommendations were ever implemented.
Date published: 2016-10-22