In about April 1981 I was flying to Inverness with Mike Banning-Lover, our Chief Projects Engineer who worked with me at Howard Doris when Mike was seated by chance with Wendel Lewis who was procuring some equipment for the Mary Rose project. Mike told him we had a crane and I kept in touch. I told Albert Granville, Chairman of Howard Doris who authorised me to offer our crane barge TOG MOR for the lift and so we became involved.
TOR MOR, big lifter in Gaelic, was conceived when we needed a large crane to lift 500 tonnes at 55 metres radius for installing modules on the deck of the Maureen Platform in Loch Kishorn. We could not have a crane so large built to meet our schedule and I had the idea of a large ships derrick of the Stuekelmast design which has two masts and two topping lifts which avoids the need for guy ropes. We contacted Blohm and Voss in Hamburg designers of Stuekelmast derricks and they could build and instal such a crane in time for our schedule. A contract was made, the rig was constructed and it suited the task in Kishorn.
After the lifts in Loch Kishorn, we added accommodation and a helideck in preparation for a contract in Cameroon for Pecton Oil Company. We completed a short job in Norway and had some time to spare before leaving for Cameroon in September 1982.
I attended planning meetings in Portsmouth with Margaret Rule from March 1982 after each of which I was shown some of the recently recovered artefacts.