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Radio Caroline and Atlanta

Issue: 1 Date: 9th January 2021

Copy free early pictures of the MV 'Fredericia' and the MV 'Mi-Amigo'

Including photographs from Les Woollam Signal Radio founder and owner of Take 2 Studios

Frederica Oil Painting

Oil painting by Johnn Smith produced representing the 'Fredericia' off the Isle-of-Man

Radio Mercur Cheeta 1 off Denmark

Radio Mercur Ship 'Cheeta I' off Denmark (December 1958)

Broadcasting as Radio Mercur off Denmark from the 'Cheeta 1' which later to become the first Radio Syd ship

The inspiration for Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta came from the Scandinavian and Dutch Radio Veronica

Mi Amigo

Project Atlanta's ship the 'Mi Amigo' of Planet Productions was held up in favour of the 'Fredericia' renamed 'Caroline' by Ronan O'Rahilly after USA President of Irish decent John F Kennedy's daughter

DailyMail 6th February 1964 Record Retailer 13 February 1964

More hold ups reported by the Daily Mail and Record Retailer

Dave John & Les

Local Irishman Dave meets friends John and Les

Greenore Ireland

Greenore in the Irish Republic

Greenore Hotel

Port gates with the Greenore Hotel behind hardly changed since 1964

Greenore Port

The UK Commercial Radio race to fit out the radio ships went on here at Ronan's father Aodhogan O'Rahilly's Greenore Port in early 1964

Hardly a surprise that Ronan's ship the 'Caroline' was ready first!

Greenore Headland

Greenore Port headland Dave recalling the 'Fredericia' sailing for England

Mi-Amigo on beach at Frinton 1966

Press shot of the 'Mi Amigo' by then Caroline South beached at Essex in January 1966 having dragged her anchor in a easterly force 8

The Scandinavian Radio Syd vessel 'Cheeta 2' was used until April whilst the 'Mi Amigo' was repaired

Brit Wagner, Ronan O'Rahilly & Colin Nicole on Cheeta 2

Britt Wadner owner of Radio Syd with Ronan O'Rahilly & Colin Nicole in the 'Cheeta 2' studio

Caroline 259 Sticker 1966

The change from 199 to 259 as the 'Mi Amigo' returns in April 1966 with a 50Kw transmitter


Request Show with Tony Prince from the 'Mi Amigo' on 253 simulcast from the Cheeta on 199

The 253 frequency was to be promoted as 259 to rhyme with the stations name

Fredericia off Isle of Man

Meanwhile the 'Caroline' having sailed around the south coast of Britain & into the Irish Sea broadcasts as Caroline North off the Isle of Man

Fredericia in 1967 off Isle of Man

Pictured above in 1967 with distinctive Caroline signage only along starboard side

Fredericia Bows close up

Whilst port side only had Caroline painted below original 'Fredericia' stamped hull plate pressing

The starboard side name was never repainted

Fredericia Studio 1967

Circa 1967 studio on the 'Fredericia' with Gates Studioette desk one of a similar design still serviceable in 2004 onboard the 'Ross Revenge'

Gates record transcription units, Ampex open reel tape machine, Spotmaster cartridge players & prominent AKG D12 microphone

Don Allen in Fredericia Studio

The late Don Allen in action

Don Allen cues a record

'Daffy' Don Allen cues turntable 2

The superb pictures above taken by John Aston in 1967 on his 1937 Rollicord 1A camera whilst he worked as a news reader on Caroline North

Caroline's Fredericia Bow view

Calmer seas at least for a while as the Caroline ships operate virtually unscathed

Fredericia in Holland in 1968

'Mi Amigo' in Holland 1968

Nice one, remember Caroline coming round the coast to the IOM. I used to run a 1kW pirate station in Brighton in the early 60's, all respectable & licensed now! - Andy

Caroline RSL 2004 Sticker

This feature will continue in Caroline in the 70's - Part 1

For a surname A-Z biograghy of the Radio Atlanta/Caroline & the 60's Offshore Jocks The Pirate Hall of Fame

Grateful thanks to Johnn Smith, Richard Palmer, Les Woollam, John Thomas, John Aston & Offshore 3 tender mate Harry Maddrell

For all the Radio Caroline & related features see the following pages:

Tony Allan : Mike Bass : Caroline 1 : Caroline 1983-4 : Caroline & Kevin : Dutch Connection 1 : Dutch Connection 2 : Eurosiege : MV Fredericia : Mi Amigo 1 : Mi Amigo 2 : Glyn's Richards : Stuart Vincent : Thames Air

For a full range of documentary CD's, the Sealsnd VCD, books & a video on the Army & Navy forts go to Offshore Shop

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