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Nigg Rig Yard - first launch
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Nigg Rig Yard - first launch

The launch of the first jacket built at the Nigg rig yard. A huge construction, it attracted large numbers of visitors to the town, as can be seen from the parked cars shown here.
Picture added on 01 January 2003
This was known as 'Highland 1' and was destined for BP's Forties field.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 04 February 2003
I think the blue car in the foreground belonged to Tommy and Sandra Macdonald, residents of Crom.
Added by Shep on 13 August 2006
That is actually "Highland II" launched in 1974 for BP Forties Delta. I can tell because of the large buoyancy spheres on the upper legs. Highland I did not have any.
Added by Ken Gordon on 26 August 2006
Ken Gordon ..Sorry you are mistaken about the bouyancy spheres..Both platforms were fitted with them...the main differences were that Highland 1 was actually longer than Highland 2...the bouyancy structures had to be altered after the launch of Highland 1..
Added by Anon on 30 August 2006
Definitely "Highland 1" (BP Forties Charlie) if it was 1974 ... I worked at Nigg from 1973 ... both "FC" and "FD" had buoyancy spheres ...
Added by J. Derek Riddell on 16 December 2008
To Mr Ken Gordon, sorry to tell you the other fella's are right this is "Highland 1" as I worked on Highland 2 and that was not floated until 1975
Added by John Jones on 28 April 2009
Yep its deffinitely the Highland 1, My father was a welder on the construction of it and I was there for the launch withe the rest of the family, an amazing sight for a young lad, those flotation ball's were huge, I remember the BP shield painted on the side of them, the food that was layed on for the launch is another thing that sticks in my mind, I've never seen the likes since.
Added by John Macleod (Formerly Brora) on 23 November 2010
Definitely Highland 1. I worked on it from cut prepare and assembly of components. What an experience.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 31 July 2011
At the end of the day everyone done a brill job building it. i remember sitting on nigg hill watching her go out with my dad and family. He looked chuffed to bits knowing, like so many, that they helped build it.
Added by Helen Mcdonald on 01 August 2011
I have commented already on another page. If you go to a the scotlandonscreen.org.uk site and type 'Highlands Fabricators' into the search box you find two videos about Highland Two. Enjoy.
Added by John Jones on 02 August 2011
the flotation tanks were used on highland 1@2
Added by Robert Williams on 15 June 2013
I was on site at Nigg during construction of highland one and highland 2 also the scrapping of floatation tanks at Dalmore pier with Thomas Ward Ltd some time later.
I also fitted a microphone on Highland 1 to ick up sound from Queen Liz wen she launched
Added by Guess Who?????? on 22 January 2014
I was a police officer at Fearn in these days. However I was at the Muir when Highland 1 was launched. It was then tipped into position in the sea from the barge some days after the actual launch. I am trying to trace a photograph of that iconic moment. can anybody help?
Added by Ian Mcneish on 12 May 2017
Dear Mr. Mcneish, my dad worked on Highland 1 & 2 for B.P.
I think I have a photo of H 1 going vertical. I will post it when I return to Scotland in a couple of weeks.
Added by Alan Linning on 17 June 2018
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