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Pioneering Offshore: The Early Years


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by F. Jay Schempf

The offshore petroleum industry has become a huge, distinct branch of the oil and gas industry in a relatively short time. Since its official beginnings only 50 years ago when explorers ventured from land into the open ocean to extract oil and gas from beneath the ocean bottom, the industry has taken astounding leaps in technical and commercial know-how.

Pioneering Offshore: The Early Years takes over-water petroleum development from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century through the mid-1960s. In addition to the historical narrative, interwoven into Pioneering Offshore are stories from this time period obtained from in-depth interviews of more than 125 industry pioneers, providing a historical context for their contributions in the industryŒÍs advancement and in the development of its distinct technologies.

As intended, Pioneering Offshore provides a narrative that, while as chronologically and historically accurate as possible, remains true also to the industryŒÍs human spirit. This new book offers an intimate feel for the industryŒÍs early years and will be essential to grasping the enormous scope of the search for offshore oil and gas during subsequent decades.


  • Preface
  • Book One: In the wet: The earliest pioneers
  • Book Two: Wading out with history
  • Book Three: The world offshoreŒ„deep and dangerous
  • Book Four: Old lessons and new: On-the-job training
  • Book Five: The international scene and observations
  • Acknowledgments and recommended reading
  • The Offshore Energy Center story
  • Index
  • About the author

253 Pages/Hardcover/9x11-3/8/September 2007
ISBN10 0-9795633-0-5

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