Ralph Thomas McDermott
When he was only 24, Ralph
Thomas McDermott contracted to build 50 wooden derricks in Luling, Texas.
This contract launched the famous J. Ray McDermott Company, named in honor
of Ralph Thomas' father. The company moved to Houston in 1932. Following
World War II, the company began building platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
McDermott's company gained an unequaled reputation for proficiency in
engineering and construction of offshore drilling and production
platforms, underwater pipelines and onshore facilities. The future of the
offshore industry was determined by the company's invention and
introduction of pile template (jacket) structures.