OIL: Mr. Gus

Some 500 curious oilmen gathered at Bethlehem Steel's Beaumont, Texas shipyard last week for the christening of an odd contraption called "Mr. Gus." Built at a cost of $3,500,000, the rig is a monster (4,000 tons) barge for drilling oil wells in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico. It can operate in 100 ft. of water (v. 40 ft. for most other rigs), will triple the area that can be explored on the continental shelf off Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Gus was bought by (and named for) C. G. ("Gus") Glasscock,...

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