Ship Model - Glomar III Object Reg. No: ST 034711

Launched in 1962, the self-propelled drilling ship Glomar III played an important role in the establishment of Victoria's Bass Strait natural gas fields. Beginning in December 1964 the Glomar III discovered the Barracouta and Marlin gas fields by March 1966 on behalf of Esso Australia and BHP which have since built drilling rig platforms to supply Victoria with natural gas. It was fitted with six Cummins VT-12-GA-30 diesel engines driving two screws. A helicopter platform is fitted on a raised structure at the stern of the vessel. The drilling rig was able to reach a depth of 25,000 feet. It was owned and operated by the Global Marine Company. This model was purchased by the Museum in 1983.
Wooden model ship with hull painted black and red with tall superstructure over central section for extracting oil.

Rigging from drill tower and stern mast removed for Think Ahead exhibition, 2013.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 458 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width), 641 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: natural gas, scale models, ship models, ships
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Internal Combustion Power - Motor Vessels
Tertiary Classification: model motor vessels - exploration
Inscriptions: On the front of the model: GLOMAR III
On the rear of the model: GLOMAR III / GALVESTON TEXAS


mike peters Posted on 27 Mar 2012 5:56 PM
James Galloway Posted on 07 Oct 2013 3:57 PM
The GLOMAR III started life as the CUSS III. The class were the first purpose-built drillships. "CUSS" was an acronym for the four companies of the consortium: Continental, Union, Shell, and Superior Oil companies. When the CUSS group divested its interest, the pioneering corporation Global Marine was formed. GloMar became most famous for it later vessels, the research vessel Glomar Challenger, and the spy vessel Hughes Glomar Explorer.
John DEAN Posted on 19 Dec 2013 12:08 PM
I was a roustabout tong jaws man, 3 lasting memories of life aboard the GLOMAR 111, first the blowout in the afternoon with the drill deck railway sleepers shooting in the air like matchsticks,at emergency stations while the steel anchor lines were gas-axed so we could drift off station.Then the sad night when one of the day drill crew was hit on the head by broken object from the rising kelly,I stayed with him alnight in the captains day office until chopper arrived at first light.Sadly he passed away the next day.One night a Geo-tech was sitting on the steel guard rail on the port side having a coffee and fell asleep and woke up in the sea, luckily he could grab hold to the tractor tires on the side of Glomar111.he was yelling out for 30 mins before someone heard him,he was very lucky.The Drill boss 6'5" Texan L.Ellis was a gentleman as were the other Americans on GLOMAR 111.Jim Duncan, sons Guy and Michael reserve divers Grant and Jerry?. Most of us were only 19 or 20.This was historic Drilling in 1965-66. GLOMAR 111 was the best mobile drilling ship at this time on the 7 seas,it's hard to imagine that we are all nearing 70 years old.
Ronald Johnston Posted on 22 Jun 2014 7:38 PM
My father Bruce McLellan worked on glomar III 27-12-64 til 8-65 as a bedroom steward & crane driver. Bosses I worked with are Slim Ellis, William Orvil Gillan. I also worked as a leading hand for the labourers on the rig
marian hensgen Posted on 06 Jul 2014 8:26 PM
my father eddie jones started work as a chef on glomar111 out of bairnsdale later to become personell officer with whole family shifted over to aberdeen scotland. Buddie King was in charge at time
Marcus Romanic Posted on 08 Nov 2014 2:21 PM
I worked as a Diver's Tender/trainee diver around 1970 with Jerry Morrison for Deep Sea Divers Australasia. The company had its head quarters in North Melbourne. If I recall correctly the directors were Gunther Kinderman and Harry Jones. Jimmy Mattheson was the Dive Superintendent. We had two Norwegian divers and two others whose nationality I can't recall. Great experience for a 20 year old flying out of Longford with Helicopter Utilities, in a range of helicopters with ex US Army pilots stretching the envelope. Camped at Swan Motor Inn in Sale and at Barry's Beach where the rigs were being built and dragged off the shore. No mobile phones, so would drive back to Dandenong to drop off cars and have message to go back to dive for a wrench someone had dropped over the side near the well head. Food on the Glomar was amazing; full meals available breakfast lunch and dinner with a myriad of condiments. Movies brought out by ocean going tugs were watched in the first few days , thereafter in slow motion backwards and fast forward e.g. Fearless Vampire Slayers. Left the ship to go to Swinburne when it went to North West Shelf or thereabouts. Great bunch of blokes and good times had.
Sonja McLeod Posted on 28 May 2015 5:28 PM
My Brother worked on the GLOMAR 111 and was washed over board and his body was never found his name was Terry Mayes it was in 1965 .

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