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Blog Blitz: Guest Post – Chasing Black Gold by Robert Stone

 

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Chasing Black Gold by Robert Stone

The Blurb!! thumbnail_ChasingBlackGoldCover

ROBERT STONE was a serial entrepreneur – an enterprising individual, mostly on the wrong side of the law, who spent twenty-five years operating all over the world, before being arrested in Switzerland as a result of an international manhunt led by an Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Over the course of his career, Stone earned and lost several lifetimes’ worth of fortunes, went to prison on three continents, used dozens of aliases, saw men die, and masterminded one of the biggest marijuana smuggling operations in criminal history. Fuel smuggling in Africa, trading fuel with generals, rebels and businessman, was both his career high and, ultimately, what brought him down. 

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Author Robert Stone first came to Aberdeen Scotland in 1973 as a pioneer saturation diver in the early dangerous days of the North Sea. Retiring from diving in the mid 80’s he became a serial entrepreneur –mostly on the wrong side of the law. He spent the next decade operating businesses all over the world from his Aberdeenshire home.  

Stone earned and lost several fortunes, went to prison on three continents, used dozens of aliases, and masterminded one of the biggest marijuana smuggling operations in criminal history. Fuel smuggling in Africa, was only one of his many exploits.  

 

His Scottish wife and young children knew nothing of the dark side of his life until the day they were all arrested in Switzerland as a result of an international manhunt led by an Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. 


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The Guest Post! 

My life in the 1970’s and early 80’s was mainly spent in the Commercial Diving Industry. My next book is about this period, has a working title of ‘Chasing Deep Gold’ and is a prequel to Chasing Black Gold https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/chasing-black-gold/9780750960335/ 

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I’d been diving in the Mississippi River and the swamplands of Louisiana for about a year and a half when I got a call to go offshore on a deep air job. Finally! You get paid in the diving industry by what you are doing and how deep the work was. Everything I’d been doing had been all shallow- under a 100’.  

I drove down to Grand Isle in Louisiana to catch a crew boat out to the barge. In those days only the Oil Company Execs got to fly out in helicopters. I loved the crew boats as they roared and went through the waves at 25-30 knots! When we arrived at the barge the crane swung a cargo net and lowered it on the deck. I wasn’t sure of the procedure but just followed the other guys as they threw their personal gear in the net.   When the crane lifted it up we climbed on the outside and flew into the sky fast and swung over the barge and down on the deck. They always loved to mess with the divers I later found out. 

This job was to do inside pile burn offs. For those of you that don’t know they anchor jacket oil platforms by driving piles down through the pile guides. They remove the excess pile by pumping water into the pile and then lowering by crane, a diver down along with a burning rig inside until you reach the desired cut off depth.   

On this job I was slightly below the mud line inside a 40 inch diameter pipe 245’down on air. Most of the smaller independent companies underbid the big guys because they would not do deep air work. Once you got past 200’ they would bid the jobs using mixed gas which was safer as you didn’t get nitrogen narcosis or risk O2 Toxicity.   

To offset all the dangers we would get paid double depth pay so on a job like this we’d get paid $1400 per dive. Whoopee!! No wonder most of the hands thought we were nut cases. 

Because I’d been salvaging barges and cutting piles in the Mississippi River under very demanding conditions I had become a very proficient burner.  I could burn through steel just by listening to the sound and knowing I was through. Worst thing in the world for a divers’ career would be to go down to make a burn, say it was a clean cut ready to be pulled and having it not come up when the crane put a load on it. Barges cost $200 to $300,000 a day so 4 or 5 hours wasted pissed the Barge Superintendent big time and that diver would never work for that company again! CBG-CoastalShippingBaseWarri,Nigeria

It was also a competition between divers who could get to the jobsite the fastest. I never had a problem clearing my ears so I would put a 4” pin shackle which probably weighed a hundred pounds so I would get down the pipe as fast as they could lower me!  

I’d set up braced against the inside of the pipe and say make it HOT! We burned the steel using Oxy-arc torches and Broco rods (exothermic cutting process which releases energy in the form of heat, and uses oxygen as an exciter and the steel rods become the fuel. As long as the oxygen flow is maintained through the torch and rod, the rod will continue to burn and consume at a temperature between 8,000 deg F to 10,000 deg F) 

I loved it and usually done in such a quick time that when I said I was done I’d get a “You Sure Boy?” from the Barge Super before they would let me leave bottom. 

A couple years later I was working on the salvage on a drilling rig called the Odeco Margaret that had sank in The Mississippi River at Avondale Shipyards. I was cutting the last section holding up the helideck when I made it HOT I woke up 3 weeks later in East Jefferson Hospital Intensive Care Unit where I remained for a few months 

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