13 thoughts on “How a radio ship and 7 men shook up Britain in 1964

  1. Ferdinand Edwards

    Mar 19. 2014

    Always perplexed me why an apparent libertarian Tony Benn ( RIP) was so fanatically against this young counterblasting radical champion of the airwaves – surely not just because it was, as you say, ‘swashbuckling capitalism’ but in a sonic form? And this from the man who so vigorously championed the ultimate capitalist symbol, Concorde, complete with sonic boom……

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  2. Steve

    May 13. 2015

    Good information and glad to see the old days are still being remembered, any chance of a mention http://www.radiokaleidoscope.com (source of one of your pictures) …

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  3. Ben

    Aug 11. 2015

    Supplement ‘Ross Revenge’ required.

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  4. Ray Churcher

    Sep 03. 2015

    Just read CMs artical on Pirate radio…..great reading as i remember this time too well whilst living
    in Clacton…still listen to Caroline on the net from Canada. Thank you Colin for the times we shared in the 60s

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  5. Paul teughels

    Nov 03. 2015

    Fantastic.I seldom cry,but i did when radio london closed down.

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  6. Nick maskell

    May 24. 2016

    As a life long supporter of offshore “pirate ” Radio I found this article very interesting how about a follow up telling the ongoing story of watery wireless as we journey through the 70s 80s and 90s with Caroline mi amigo 390 RNI seagull the Ross Revenge laser etc

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  7. Nichael

    Mar 18. 2017

    It was a great time and I listened to all the pirates, good health to all of you and thank you for the memorises. Big L time is 3-o-clock and radio London is closing down, gee in 2017 I remember Aug 14 1967.

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  8. Michael

    Mar 18. 2017

    Who bought the ship for 14 million pounds???

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  9. james anderson

    Feb 22. 2018

    a very interesting article,i was home in greenore for easter march1964 and was looking over the ship, and the large radio mast,with no knowledge of what history might be made in coming years.

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  10. Declan Meehan

    Mar 02. 2018

    Another prong to this… Radio Caroline of course inspired many to become radio presenters .This led to lots of pirate radio stations operating In Ireland in the late 70’s .Due to a flaw In the law they operated with reasonable immunity. Former RNI dj Brian McKenzie who was already in Ireland mentioned the legal situation to former colleagues in UK. In 1980 broadcasters from Caroline’s latter days arrived in Dublin, Spangles Muldoon (Chris Cary) and Robbie Dale (Robinson) set up ‘Super’ Pirate Sunshine Radio. They later split and Spangles started Radio Nova arguably the most successful radio station in Irish history. Tony Allan, from Radio Scotland and RNI was living in Dublin, joined first Sunshine then Nova. Andy Archer from Caroline South and RNI also came to Nova. ‘Daffy’ Don Allen was on both Sunshine and Nova before playing Country on various stations throughout Ireland. There were brief spells with Alan West and Dave Christian too. Radio Nova in particular developed many talented broadcasters who still today are on the Irish airwaves National and local. The story continues…

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  11. Tony Cant

    Mar 02. 2018

    Great detailed article about my favorite radio station…not long now till we are celebrating 55 years since Caroline’s start. Lest hope its big big reunion….none of us are getting any younger…

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