Voice Of Peace

This first batch of photographs were taken between January & July 1987

The main supply tender tied up in Tel Aviv Marina


First view of the MV Peace, rather rusty isn’t it!


The main supply tender comes alongside the MV Peace with food supplies.


Mike Davies in the main studio. Must have been a cold day as he has both a Fred Perry jumper and polo shirt on!


Gil Katsir


Itzik, the office driver. He was smuggled onboard when there was a change of captains, and stayed onboard overnight. He jointly presented a programme with Steve Richards


Benny Berman visits the VOP.


Gil with Benny Berman, an Israeli singer who came out to the ship to launch his new record



Neil & Mike Darby doing some studio maintenance


Very sadly Gavin Ford is no longer with us, but we all remember him with fondness. R.I.P.


Mike Darby, Neil Armstrong, Mike Davies (L-R standing) Dave Asher, Alex Lee (L-R sitting)


Brothers in Peace, Mike Darby and Alex Lee


Mike Davies in the main on-air studio


Mike Davies & Steve Richards


The Captain of your ship today is Mike Davies!


Mike Davies in danger!


Noam Aviram, transmitter engineer, DJ, TV host and also an actor in one of the Lemon Popsicle films!


Loop linkage between the aerial tuning unit and AM aerial.


Canadian engineer Jack Hoeppner.


Tony the engineer. I know very little about Tony other than he had been involved in pirate radio in the Birmingham, UK, area. As was customary on the MV Peace, most staff were given nicknames, Tony was called ‘Cucumber’.


I do believe this piece of artwork was constructed by Tim Shepherd who had seen something similar on the Radio Caroline ship.


Richard Steed, DJ and actor. Richard appeared in some British TV dramas before travelling to Israel to work on a kibbutz before joining the VOP.


Steve Richards


Mike Davies with the ‘Popemobile’








Tel Aviv as seen from the normal anchorage location


Fishing boat and launch near the MV Peace. Reading (NW Tel Aviv) power station in the background.


New Nautel AM transmitter being craned aboard


Radha attaching the AM aerial array


Radha working on the AM aerial. Note the four u-shaped FM radiators.


The tower seems very thin, but it stayed up!


Don’t say you weren’t warned!


AM aerial attached to the main tower


Control panel for the AM transmitter


Nautel AM transmitter and power supply unit.


The audio processing rack


Reel to reel tape machine in production studio


Production studio/DJ hang out


Cart rack and turntables in the main studio


LPB audio console in the main studio


LPB audio console in the main studio


The Astor Hotel on Tel Aviv seafront. The DJs and crew stayed here whilst on shore leave. It was convenient for the bars and restaurants in the area, and a strategically placed pedestrian crossing lead directly from the hotel to The White House bar!


The famous White House bar and café. Conveniently situated opposite the Astor Hotel where the DJs stayed when on shore leave


Radha Krishnan, engineer, cook, friend of the DJs, top man!


Format clock


Ian, one of the many deckhands we had. He was ex-British army, and had been working on a moshav, which was a type of cooperative agricultural community of individual farms.


Radha Krishnan


The crew, Arnold the engineer, Radha & Max the cook


Feeding time, Richard, Tony, Neil, Tim & Alex


Sarit, who was one of the secretaries in the VOP office


Tony Stevens, Mike Davies, Alex Lee, Paul Fraser


Gavin Ford, and station accountant Helen.


Mike Davies and Yael Saul


Vered & Gali. Dedicated VOP listeners who seemed to be listening 24 hours a day. Very little of importance was not recorded by these two young ladies.


We even had members of the IDF listening to the VOP. This is a young Avner Epstein who I met on one shore leave. Knowing that I would probably not be interested in meeting a young male he got a female friend to arrange to meet me at the Astor Hotel, and he just so happened to tag along! His ingenuity led to a long friendship which continues to this day!


A very young, and very slim, Mike Davies!


In the office with the daughter of the station accountant


Dave Asher in the studio in the Frug Street office


‘Mad’ Max, the Irish cook. His father was a rabbi in Dublin. Sadly Max died a few years ago.


Arnold, the ship’s chief engineer. He was from The Philippines, and is remembered for his ‘pooky pooky’ phrase


I think Mike Darby is showing off how much weight he has lost after a week or two onboard!


Neil Armstrong, Mike Darby & Dave Asher doing bridge watch


Reuven, Captain Teunis, Alex Lee & Mike Darby


The Captain, Arnold the engineer (by the generator), and Max the cook


Mike Davies setting the pace!


Neil, Itzik, Alex Lee and Mike Davies


…is the word, 24 hours a day


Neil, Alex and Paul


An Ashdod tug preparing to tow us out of the harbour after a refuelling trip into port.


The view from the top of the Shalom Tower, and you can see The Peace Ship as well


The Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv. At the time it was the tallest building in the Middle East.


I understand that this was a lookout tower. Situated in old Jaffa


Jaffa. The outcropping of rocks near the harbour is reputed to have been the place where Andromeda was rescued by Perseus.


That little white blob on the horizon is the Peace Ship, as seen from the Tel Aviv sea front


Nice legs Tim S. Top of the Shalom Tower in Tel Aviv.


The following photos were taken between September & December 1988

A specially commissioned painting outside a bar in Tel Aviv featuring many of the personalities and influential figures in Israeli society. Abie Nathan can be seen sitting just off centre in the light blue shirt


Transmitter engineers’ work desk


Captain Tony, TX Engineer Dan Smith, ship engineers Radha and Jose


The original AM transmitters which were taken out of service after the death of a transmitter engineer in 1986


The Harris FM transmitter


The fore deck, and bridge on the MV Peace


Jose the ship’s engineer doing a bit of fishing


Scottish deck hand Keith painting the MV Peace


We occasionally let Keith into the studio for a play with the equipment



Captain Murphy in the studio. Martin worked in Irish radio before and after his VOP stint. He recently retired from his job as a Senior Pilot with a well known airline


After the Peace Ship

Mike Davies and VOP listener Avner Epstein meet up in Wales in August 2019!


Richard Steed recording a programme in Mike Davies’ studio


Alex Lee & VOP Agent Barrie Johnson at the Driftback event in London


Gil Katsir & Steve Richards in Mike Davies’ studio in 1988


Mike Davies down on the farm in West Wales!


There is very little video material about the VOP, so when I returned to Israel in 1988 I took a newly bought video camera with me. A year or two later I managed to edit up the recorded material into a decent hour long feature. A few hundred copies were made and sold over the next few years. Hopefully viewers enjoyed some of the behind the scenes footage!


Dave Asher working on the VOP – The Eighties, documentary vinyl LP


Interesting to see the LP I produced going for daft sums of money!

Interesting to see the LP I produced going for daft sums of money!

VOP -The Eighties
The Voice Of Peace Documentary Pirate Radio Galim Records Caroline Vinyl LP
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