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Salamander Dreaming

By Steve J Plummer

Salamander Book Cover

Salamander Dreaming

The story of Jean & George Russell as told to Steve J Plummer

Published in 2006 by Exposure Publishing ISBN 1-84685-222-6


The 97' x 23' wooden craft was built for the British Admiralty in 1945 as a supply boat, named 'The Deep Diver' she was acquired in 1977 by a broadcasting group who had aspirations to provide music radio for British tourists in Spain

The sparse financed scheme had Chris Carey, Robbie Dale, Bob Noakes and Dick Palmer were behind 'Sunshine Radio'

Secretly fitted out in Belfast as a radio ship with a pair of low powered FM transmitters and twin lattice masts, passed off as lighting towers for film making

The ship left Belfast for Portugal but suffered damage at sea, and was towed into the Scilly Islands

Funds ran out and it was realised that the vessel was too small for a radio ship, so the project and ship were abandoned

In early 1978 the 'Deep Diver' was back in Belfast advertised for sale with a price tag of £26,000, eventually selling to George Russell for £20,000

The forward lattice transmitter mast being the only remaining remnant of her former time as a Offshore Radio Vessel

Things were to get worst, taking possession on a dark wet night it was discovered many of the fixtures and fitting had been stripped

Undeterred the shambolic adventure was to continue in a similar vein until the vessel went aground in Espinho, Portugal and became a total loss

The vessel is now said to have been integrated into a landing stage at Espinho

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September 2011
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September 2011
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