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Morgan City in Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Offshore Oil Well

 
 
First Offshore Oil Well Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2010
1. First Offshore Oil Well Marker
Inscription.

First producing offshore oil
well out of sight of land
was completed Nov. 14, 1947
in the Gulf of Mexico
forty-three miles South of
Morgan City, Louisiana

25th Offshore Anniversary, Inc.
Chamber of Commerce
Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson Area

 
Erected 1972 by 25th Offshore Anniversary, Inc.
 
Location. 29° 42.022′ N, 91° 12.305′ W. Marker is in Morgan City, Louisiana, in Saint Mary Parish. Marker is on Brashear Avenue (State Highway 182) west of 5th Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is five blocks east of the historic Long-Allen Bridge over Berwick Bay on the Atchafalaya River. Marker is in this post office area: Morgan City LA 70380, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Years (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles Morgan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church (approx. half a mile away); Fort Star (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Southwest Reef Lighthouse
First Offshore Oil Well Marker and replica oil derrick image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 7, 2010
2. First Offshore Oil Well Marker and replica oil derrick
- note Blue Star Memorial Highway marker in background at Fifth Street.
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Twin City Gospel Temple (approx. 0.9 miles away); Attakapa Militia (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morgan City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oil Platform. ...In early 1947 Superior Oil erected a drilling/production platform in 20 ft of water some 18 miles[vague] off Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. But it was Kerr-McGee Oil Industries (now Anadarko Petroleum Corporation), as operator for partners Phillips Petroleum (Conoco Phillips) and Stanolind Oil & Gas (BP), that completed its historic Ship Shoal Block 32 well in October 1947, months before Superior actually drilled a discovery from their Vermilion platform farther offshore. In any case, that made Kerr-McGee's well the first oil discovery drilled out of sight of land. ... (Submitted on September 24, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

2. U.S. Route 90 in Louisiana. (Submitted on September 24, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Blue Star Memorial Highway; Berwick Bay; Ship Shoal Block 32; Frank Phillips; "Rig 15"; Atchafalaya River Delta/Basin.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
First Offshore Oil Well being drilled af Rig 15 in 1947 image. Click for full size.
By Kerr-McGee
3. First Offshore Oil Well being drilled af Rig 15 in 1947
"...At the heart of Kerr-McGee’s Rig 16 was the drilling ‘tender,’ a converted U.S. Navy YF barge christened the Frank Phillips.... " (Offshore Magazine online. Photo Courtesy of Kerr-McGee)
Long-Allen Bridge west of Marker - first auto bridge over the Atchafalaya at Berwick, 1933 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2010
4. Long-Allen Bridge west of Marker - first auto bridge over the Atchafalaya at Berwick, 1933
"built under the administrations of Gov. Huey P. Long and Gov. O. K. Allen."
Bridges (La. 182 and U.S. 90) crossing the Atchafalaya - west of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 16, 2010
5. Bridges (La. 182 and U.S. 90) crossing the Atchafalaya - west of Marker
- view from levee gate on the bank at Berwick, La.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,153 times since then and 150 times this year. Last updated on July 18, 2015. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3. submitted on September 24, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on September 24, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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