By the summer of 1977 my tours of the north sea had ended, my focus was to apply to dive companies to try to obtain work in and around the coast and rivers of the UK. I had learned for the guys I worked with in the oil fields that to get experience civil engineering was the place to start.
My first contract was with a company called Dive Task ltd, this was a small operation running from premises in Nottingham. I had an interview with the owner Pete Watkinson, he asked me if I would do some day work through the early part of 1978, I agreed and sure enough in February he contacted me saying that we needed to go to Liverpool and clear some railway culverts. It was just to clear some debris from the metal grid that covered the water pump inlet pipe, my first days work.
Then within a few weeks we the went off to London to do the same operation at Battersea power station, clearing the intake from the river Thames.
Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long-recognised four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes much to numerous popular culture references, which include the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals and its appearance in the 1965 Beatles' film Help!
We initial used an air lift to clear the silt and mud from the bottom, please click the link below to see an airlift in operation , bear in mind in a river such as the Thames the water was black, no visibility.
once the silt had been cleared we could clear the debris off the intake grill, again this only lasted one day.
A few weeks later Pete contacted me with a contract in Dunoon in Scotland, this was doing some work on some concrete reinforcing blocks in the river Clyde.
I am happy and fulfilled, I have a property business and an online business. I have learnt to serve others ( as I hope I am doing now ) respect others for what they are trying to achieve no matter how big or small their ambition. I work on my attitude each day and look to help anyone I can on a daily basis.
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