December 20, 2017
Film: We will screen the 27-minute Denny Ranson film on the building of the Kulluk and her tow from Japan to the Beaufort. The film copy is provided to us by Stuart Russell. Ranson Photographers was formed in 1949 in Edmonton, Alberta, by Denton (Denny) C. Ranson. Ranson Photographers focused initially on industrial and commercial photography. The company expanded to include commercial, portrait, wedding and aerial ... »photography. In 1953, Ranson Photographers branched into filmmaking, producing documentary motion pictures.
Kulluk was an ice-strengthened drill barge that was used for oil exploration in the Arctic waters. She was constructed by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding in Japan in 1983 and operated in the Canadian Arctic until 1993 when she was mothballed for over a decade. In 2005, she was purchased and extensively refurbished by Royal Dutch Shell for the drilling operations off the northern coast of Alaska.
On 31 December 2012, Kulluk drifted aground after the towing line to the icebreaking anchor-handling tug Aiviq parted in heavy weather. While the rig was recovered, the repairs were not deemed feasible and Shell decided to scrap the unit in 2014.
Kulluk, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kulluk&oldid=798562404 (last visited Nov. 21, 2017).
The Kulluk in tow near Kodiak Island, February 26, 2013. By U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos (130226-G-IA651-545) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3A130226-G-IA651-545_(8549949708).jpg)