Year Inducted: 2002
James C. “Jimmy” Storm
Former oilfield roustabout, James Storm became a partner in Glasscock Drilling Company in 1942 and stayed in drilling until his death in 1991. Together with Bethlehem Steel Corp., Storm designed and supervised construction of Mr. Gus and Gus II, the first rigs able to drill in water depths of 100-ft and 150-ft respectively. From 1962 to 1968 he formed Storm Drilling and Marine Drilling. During this period he developed and patented a slant hole rig to extend lateral reach from a drill site. Between 1968 and 1987 he built and placed in operation seventeen mobile jack-up rigs.