Being as ONI's Head Office & centre of operations were located in New Orleans let's take a look around at what the city had to offer outside of ONI. This was, of course, long before Katrina had left her calling card! And having spent a fair bit of time in the city over the years, I just happen to have a few photos in my files.

Canal Street, reputedly America's widest thoroughfare, three lanes either way plus two tramcar lanes in the centre


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The Garden District. This is the area in 

which ONI first saw the light of day

Streetcars ran out as far as the Garden 

District. And yes, there still was one 

named Desire

Jackson Square, where, allegedly, ONI 

picked up recruits - literally - the morning after the night before!

And this is probably one of the places to which they'd been the night before, 

Pat O'Brien's

Or maybe to Crazy Shirley's, to catch some jazz, although true aficionados went to the likes of Preservation Hall

New Orleans is also Paddle 

Steamers (now for tourists) on 

the mighty Mississippi........

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..... filigreed balconies in the 

French Quarter, especially along 

Bourbon Street, and Royal....

.... and picturesque courtyards

New Orleans is also, for some, Breakfast at Brennens. For this you needed to dress as if for dinner, and make a reservation well in advance. Just as well we were escorted by ONI's deputy Operations Manager - Ron Hewson, and wife, Lynne - as we weren't in a fit state for any work later that day


We need some input here folks, Long Beach Office, anyone? Or how about operations in the Gulf; 5728 Jefferson Hwy; company barbecues etc; the hotels at which we stayed; West Coast Ops and the like; Prudoe Bay - lots of scope?  


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GSI's Arctic Explorer alongside in Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 1979. Two years later to the month the vessel sank in tragic circumstances, with the loss of thirteen crew, including Australian ONI operator, John Ratter. Apparently, not long after leaving port, due to a ballasting problem, the vessel rolled over and disappeared in just twenty minutes

Inuvik, in Canada's Northwest Territories.  First stop for many operators to the area. Not far north of this you were above the 


The Eskimo Inn, Inuvik. Also to be found in town were the Mackenzie Hotel, Northern Lights, Mad Trapper Lounge, Sunspot Lounge, and the Raven's Nest.

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Tuktoyaktuk. On the shore of the 

Beaufort Sea, and end of the line. The sea and bay are frozen over until well into July

Dome Petroleum's Canmar Base, 

early July, and still iced in.

Some rigs are iced in over winter. 

This photo was taken in early July, 

at midnight, as we were rigging up. I 

stepped over the side and walked 

out to get the shot.


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August, now in full operation;

including mosquitoes the size

of shuttlecocks!


Conditions could be bleak.

The dock at Canmar's base 

in Tuk. Most vessels featured icebreaker bows.

Shoran Antennas. During my season we also ran tests with Argo, Syledis, Satnav and Transfix.

Flights between Inuvik and 

Tuk were usually by Twin Otter. DC3s carried the large or heavy stuff. Note the DEW-line station in the background.


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Midnight in mid summer, 

although I believe that is 

the moon.

Another shot of Canmar 

Base at Tuk.

Raising the mast at Hooper Island station.

Icebergs could be a real problem, 

especially if shooting seismic.

During coring ops we had boats to 

keep dragging them away.

Tied up alongside Canmar base.


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