Radio Caroline


Photo taken by an aerial photography company in February 1988. I purchased a set of four photos at a later date. That’s me in green on the back deck, along with James Day, Steve Conway, and a chap from Leicestershire whose name I have forgot!


The Ross Revenge with the aerial system first erected in 1988


Mike Dixon/Davies/Coconut with the mail in December 1987


Christmas on Caroline 1987. Chris Kennedy, John Bibby, Steve Conway & Mike Dixon/Davies


Christmas on Caroline 1987. Rowena Wilde, Steve Masters and John Bibby


Radio Caroline’s very own ‘Wilde Child’ Rowena


The Bellatrix pulling alongside, bringing supplies


Fred Bolland and Noel welding the base for the Strumech Versa Tower to the deck


Rowena Wilde climbing to the top of the Versa Tower to attach a pair of her knickers. Yes, Radio Caroline had a ‘topping out’ ceremony to celebrate the erection, and completion, of the first proper aerial system after the big tower came down a few months before.


Two men on a mast…


One of the infamous ‘bucket’ aerial systems!


The Olau Britannia, The Poolster and the aerial photography airplane. Quite a interesting day for us on the Ross Revenge!


The legendary tender operator Dave ‘The Fish’ Fisher


Rob Harrison and Steve Satan (Andy Bradgate)


Nick Jackson and Ian Miles


Shaun Tilley, Ron van der Plas, Peter Moore


Leaving the Ross Revenge on the Dreamboat Annie tender


Nigel Harris, Dave Richards and Colin Peters


Arie Swets/Harry Anderson


Station Manager Peter Moore


Neil Gates


Newly made cross arms for the aerial tower


Fred Bolland working on the new aerial tower


Radio 819 deejays Walter Simons and Colin Peters


Fred Bolland working on the base for the new lattice tower. French TV journalist observing


Getting ready to start building the lattice tower


First sections of the lattice tower are erected


Firmly bolted to a steel plate welded to the top of the gun mounting!


DJs, aerial tower erectors, and even a holidaymaker (true!)


Arie Swets working on the mast


Andy Bradgate having a picnic!


Neil Gates. I was always climbing the tower to take photos!


Two tenders arrive at the same time, much like London buses


Ron van der Plas


One very drunk Arie Swets!


That tower is looking impressive


Oops, over we go!


The Dutch studio after a bad storm!


Peter Chicago, hero to many, something else to many others…


A calm North Sea evening


Mike Watts and Mike Dixon/Davies


Nick Jackson, Mike Dixon/Davies, Ian Miles – photo by B.Dom


Ian Mac looking out for a supply tender!


Beautiful night on the North Sea


Tower erecting


Ian Mac and the rainbow!


Steve Masters & Mike Davies in their typical fashion gear


Poolster circling the Ross Revenge


Mr Cool at the controls; Ron van der Plas


Fred van Amstel


Dutch studio mixer & cart machines


Mr Smooth; Dave Asher


World Mission Radio/SW studio


Dutch, Irish & Brits all happily doing radio on the North Sea


Steve Conway, Dave Asher, Mirjam & Walter


North Sea gossip session


You need big tractor tyres!


Dutch DJs: Walter, Mirjam, Erik & Fred


Noel hauling the ropes!