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Everyone has an experience in their life that they count the greatest. Corporations do, too. For Vulcan Iron Works, that experience was its involvement in offshore oil development. It worked for the employees, too; as Executive Vice President Pem Warrington said in 1991, it was "the experience of a lifetime."
Come join us as we take a look at Vulcan's involvement offshore, which follows a fascinating (and very profitable) saga of American commercial history. You can click here to start or pick one of the topics below:
About the Photos
When putting together this collection, we wanted to tell the story of both the construction of conventional platforms. It's tempting just to surf the web and take "stock photos;" however, we chose to use something closer to home. With one exception, all of the photos in this section were either taken by Vulcan employees or were commissioned by Vulcan and taken by professional photographers. Many of these photos were rescued from destruction when Vulcan sold its Chattanooga facility; they are a priceless legacy of a great endeavour.
For their part Vulcan's employees were not photographers; they were service, sales, technical and management people. The photos weren't always the best, but they told the story better than just about anything else we can think of, and modern digital processing has improved many of these shots. Most of them are named in the narrative.
Although there may be others, two professional photographers are known to have their work in this collection: Bill Blakeney of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, who took some of the better photos offshore, and Jim Wilson of Hixson, TN, who took those of the plant expansion dedication.
Most of these photos are available for purchase. Click on the "contact us" button to the right and let us know how we can help you.