|In 1966 Ocean Traveler almost capsized when the supply ship Smit Lloid made several big holes in the construction during unloading due to heavy swell and strong current in the sea.|
|This caused the platform to take in water. The platform gained a great heel. At the most the opposite pontoon was visible above the sea level.|
|The crew was 56 hands, and most of them were panic-stricken. 51 men left the rig to the sea. Some did climb down the anchor chains. But all 51 was picked up by the crew of Smit Lloid and were rescued.|
|After some time the rig was stabilised by filling up water in the pontoon at the opposite side of the damage. This was carried out by on of the 5 persons still onboard, the controlroom operator Sigve Søyland. But when stabilised, the draft had increased to 105 feet, - normal draft was 80 feet.|
|Fortunately for the rescue operation, the sea was not to rough. But the swell was quite heavy as can be seen from the picture of Smit Lloid below.|
|The situation was also terrifying for the families ashore. A news bulletin saying that the Ocean Traveler
had capsized was brodcasted over both BBC and NRK.
Below e picture showing the hero Sigve Søyland after the incidence, - pale but self-possessed .
|Of course Ocean Traveler had to be towed to Rosenberg shipyard for repair. Not the only time during the pioneer era.|