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This Week in Petroleum History

This Week in Petroleum History, May 3 to May 9

May 3, 1870 - "Yellow Dog" Lantern with Two Spouts patented -  Jonathan Dillen of Petroleum Centre, Pennsylvania, received a patent for his "safety derrick lamp" -- a two-wicked lantern that would become known as the “yellow dog” in America's early oilfields....

This Week in Petroleum History, April 26 to May 2

After receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1954, former eighth-grade teacher Jim Buchwald in 1966 founded Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Buchwald bought a lathe, a small hand-cranked rotary table and a vertical drill for manufacturing valves…

This Week in Petroleum History, April 19 to April 25

April 19, 1892 - First U.S. Gasoline Powered Automobile -  Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea test drove a gasoline powered automobile they had built in their Springfield, Massachusetts, workshop. Considered the first automobile model to be regularly manufactured for...

This Week in Petroleum History, April 12 to April 18

April 13, 1974 - Depth Record set in Oklahoma Anadarko Basin -  After drilling for 504 days and costing about $7 million, the Bertha Rogers No. 1 well reached a total depth of 31,441 feet (5.95 miles) before being stopped by liquid sulfur. Drilled in the heart of...

This Week in Petroleum History, April 5 to April 11

April 5, 1860 - Early Success for New U.S. Oil Industry -   Inspired by Edwin L. Drake's 1859 first U.S. oil well at nearby Titusville, Pennsylvania, a newly formed company found an oilfield along the Allegheny River at Oil City. With oil fever attracting...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 29 to April 4

March 29, 1819 - Birthday of Father of the Petroleum Industry -  Edwin Laurentine Drake was born in Greenville, New York. Forty years later, he used a steam-powered cable-tool rig to drill the first commercial U.S. oil well at Titusville, Pennsylvania. The former...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 22 to March 28

March 23, 1858 - Seneca Oil replaces Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company  -  Investors from New Haven, Connecticut, organized the Seneca Oil Company with $300,000 in capital after purchasing the Titusville leases of the Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, which had...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 15 to March 21

March 16, 1911 - Pegasus Trademark takes flight -  A Vacuum Oil Company subsidiary in Cape Town, South Africa, trademarked a flying horse logo inspired by Pegasus of Greek mythology. Based in Rochester, New York, Vacuum Oil had built a successful lubricants business...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 8 to March 14

March 9, 1930 - Prototype Oil Tanker is Electrically Welded - The world's first electrically welded commercial vessel, the Texas Company (later Texaco) tanker M/S Carolinian, was completed in Charleston, South Carolina. The shipbuilding boom during World War I had...

This Week in Petroleum History, March 1 to March 7

March 1, 1921 - Halliburton improves Well Cementing -  Erle P. Halliburton patented his "Method and Means for Cementing Oil Wells," helping to improve a key oilfield technology. "It is well known to those skilled in the art of oil well drilling that one of the...

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