We'd found a brochure for Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Museum, which was dedicated to off-shore oil drilling, so that sounded like it’d be interesting. Yes, it was. On the northwest side of Galveston, where all the piers are, this decommission rig had been towed into the harbor and anchored there. This was a self-guided tour about the history of oil drilling in the gulf, and some of the processes that went into it.
This was very informative. We got to see what the drill bits look like, and how they were designed to remove debris as it dug. And we also got to see some of the undersea equipment used, like the dive suits, or the Billy Pugh net used to help haul people around. (And yes, I was allowed to stand on it.) The information here was very extensive, and it gave a good idea of what life was like for those living on the rig.
Much of the interior of this rig had been converted to become the museum (and there were some hands-on science items), but there was one crew bunk which remained. The bunk room was the size of a small dorm room, and was actually pretty comfy looking.
We were highly impressed with the wealth of information at Ocean Star, and I considered this a “hidden gem.” This is one of the reasons why when you go to a new area, look at the tourist brochures or stop by the visitor’s center, because otherwise you might miss things like this.
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