Was the name given by Laser 558 the so called all American stationto the government action of 1985 instigated at the insistence of the licensed stations
Designed to starve offshore radio out of operation Eurosiege primarily targeted Laser 558 who was seriously impacting ILR audience figures in London, Kent & Essex
Ironic recognising that a good number of the commercial stations staff & management had begun their careers in pirate radio!
Jonell on 'Eurosiege' from the deck of MV 'Communicator' with RF breakthrough from 'Dioptric Surveyor'
'Dioptric Surveyor' was informing the Kent based authorities of our presence so they could intercept us on retun to port'
It was no secret that both ships anchored in the Knock deep enjoyed sustenance from English shores
Consequently, notices were posted around the harbours & on public buildings along the Essex & North Kent coasts warning boat owners to steer clear of supplying the pirates. This is the old Whitstable Police station now residential
En'route to the Knock Deep via Tongue LV1 was the last lightship there in 1985
LV 1 was built in 1946 & served at Tongue until 1956 later being stripped of her accommodation, look-out shelter, deck equipment & her Bower anchors to become automated as shown above
Withdrawn from service LV1 was sold in 1993 & converted in Poole were she was renamed 'Mary Mouse 2'
Painted green she's now serves as a restaurant & marina facility at the entrance to the Haslar Marina Gosport
One relief vessel & the last manned at Tongue Sands the LV 13 can be seen on station in Caroline 1983/84
For LV 18 the last manned Trinity House lightship navigate from RNI 1999
Guarding entry to the Thames, Tongue Tower off Margate was abandoned in 1947 by its caretaker crew after parts fell away & mysterious noises were heard coming from the foundations. The fort then took on an alarming 15-degree tilt. In 1966 scavengers from Radio Essex on Knock John fictionally named Tongue the new pirate Radio Albatross when confronted by the Margate lifeboat in 1966 as they burnt insulation to salvage copper cable. Questions were asked in the House of Commons "Yet another Pirate Radio"
Tongue's "A" gun though can still be seen at New Tavern Fort Gravesend
The Tower was to finally collapse & completely disappear into a hole on the right of the deformed leg in a storm during a February night in 1996, with only a portion of the remaining leg remaining visible today
To find out more about the Thames Estuary Forts navigate from Fort Fax
Prime target the MV 'Communicator', originally the'Yacht U Bootswerft' she was built by Aberking & Rasmusseb in Lemwarder in 1955
She was 189' long with a 30' beam and 10'6" draft at 490 tons gross, 219 tons net with a dead weight of 578 tons
After work as a charter ship for general cargo, she was converted in 1976 to became the survey vessel 'Gardline Seeker'
Finally, she was converted into a radio ship in Florida & renamed the 'Communicator', throughout her service maintaining a reliable 600 BHP engine
The Department of Trade & Industry chartered vessel the 'Dioptric Surveyor' awaits instructions in Ramsgate Harbour Kent placed on station in the Knock Deep to monitor and record the coming's and goings from the radio ships
Once at work Laser 558 antagonised the authorities further by taunting the DTI ship on air, provided entertaining listening but not useful for self-preservation
With Susan Charles on Caroline with Laser's Jonell the Ross Revenge in the background
Built as a side trawler in 1960 by A G Weser at Werk Seebeck in Bremerhaven. She's 221'8" long, 34' in beam, with a draft of 16'9" that increased to 18' after being ice strengthened in 1963 when she became the 'Freyr'
She's 978 tons gross, 428 tons net & is fitted with a 2050 BHP engine
Following service in the Cod Wars she was used as a motor salvage ship in 1979 before conversion in Spain to a radio ship in 1982. She was to be called the 'Imagine' after the John Lennon song but instead reverted to the name 'Ross Revenge'
Last home of Radio Caroline she never acknowledge the presence of the DTI survey vessel until the 'Communicator' up anchored & sailed into port under her own power
Audio: Eurosiege views from Susan Charles on deck and a Monique man swimming alongside the ship here or from the 'Ross Revenge' picture above
Susan Charles airs her thoughts on 'Eurosiege' from the deck of the 'Ross Revenge'
The 'Dioptric Surveyor' unaware of our presence displaying her anchor ball
Dutch & the more cautious masked English DJ's on the 'Ross Revenge' port side beneath the original 300 foot radio mast
The 'Dioptric Surveyor' steams into sight & despite repeated radio requests the only traffic we received was "keep clear or we'll damage you"
Andy Johnstone just being Cosmic
The 'Dioptric Surveyor' film & record the goings on around the ships
Peter Chicago makes their picture, strips & dives in to make clean breast of things
Meanwhile, Charlie Wolf & Craig Novac consider their future in Laser's production studio
The MV 'Communicator' shortly before throwing in the towel
The MV 'Communicator' sailing into Harwich under her own power, co-incidentally escorted by her sister ship the 'Gardline Tracker' also on charter to the DTI
The 'Dioptric Surveyor' deed done moored on the Stour about half mile downstream from the Communicator
The MV 'Communicator' lying off Ness Farm Erwarton Village upstream from Parkstone Quay Harwich Essex
Eurosiege 1985 did put Laser out of business, that is until she sailed out under the noses of the authorities as Laser Hot Hits - But that's another story for another time
The debate, arguments, & wranglings continue about both the future of the ship & radio station as overall fairly poor quality programmes are broadcast from land
Short of the odd glitch, for example when The Firms "Star Trecking" made the playlist! Caroline will never again be what she was in the formidable years 1964 - 1987
Thanks for the link....as always, fascinating stuff. Interesting to see the "other side" of Eurosiege...I was living in Harwich back then, and listening to way too much of Laser / Caroline's output. I guess from the luxury of a house on terra firma, what the guys out there didn't seem quite as bad! Maybe you can blame that on Charlie Wold founding totally unaffected. Ahhhh, happy days. Hope you're enjoying Malta! Shaun
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