Oilmen at Sea: Life on South Marsh Island 73

Like stark sentinels, they loom high above the ocean waters, seeming in storm and mist to have been there nearly as long as the sea. They are the thousands of offshore oil platforms that dot the continental shelf of North America. They are the hostile homes of the offshore oil workers, a very tough and particular breed of men. Houston Bureau Chief Leo Janos went to live among them for a time on a platform off the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. His report:

FOR the 42 men who work a 12-hr. shift on it each...

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