ALL PHOTOS, UNLESS OTHERWISE CREDITED, WERE TAKEN BY MIKE DAVIES IN 1987 & 1988
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
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
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!