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History of the MV Fredericia

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Issue: 6 Updated: 12th February 2016

1929 – 1963 as a Passenger & Cargo Motorship & from 1964 - 1972 as the MV Caroline an Offshore Radio Ship

24.5.1929 – Ordered : 18.7.1929 - Keel : 14.11.1929 - Launch

MV Fredericia just off the slip in Sweden

The MV Fredericia built in Sweden, left the slip prior to fitting outMV Fredericia Danish Passenger Ferry

1 deck : 693gt : 389nt : 500 dw : 200’1”/18’0”x32’3”x14’0”/13’5” : Frederikshavns Voerf & Flydedok A/S, Frederikshavn, no,187 : ID 4SA 6cyl. (450x850), type B&W445-MTF-85, 1040bhp, 12kn., A/S Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin-og Skibsbyggeri, Copenhagen

14/15.3.1930 - Trial - 15.5.1930 - Delivered to DSDF, Kolding (from 15.4.1941 : Fredericia 15.9.1945, Aalborg. 25.1.1946, Kolding, 9.5.1959, Odense)

19.5.1930 until 7.4.1940 - In service Copenhagen-Fredericia-Middelfart-Kolding

1937 until 1939 & 1947 until 1950 Each summer she made a trip: Copenhagen – Koge or Elisinore with members of DFSD Sports Club

Danish passenger ferry Fredericia

16.5.1940 until 21.6.1940 - Service mainly Copenhagen-Fredericia-Kolding

24.5.1940 until 28.5.1940 - Temporary Service; Copenhagen-Samso-Odense

23.6.1940 until 3.8.1940 - Service Copenhagen-Aarhus-Fredericia-Kolding

6.8.194- until 21.9.1940 - Service Copenhagen-Fredericia-Koldong

24.9.1940 - In service mainly; Copenhagen-Fredericia-Vejle-Horsens

MV Fredericia Danish Passenger Ferry

29.6.1941 until 20.9.1941 - Service also Copenhagen-Aarbus

20.9.1941 until 5.4.1943 - Laid up at Copenhagen

5.4.1943 until 25.7.1943 - Service Copenhagen-Samso-Odense

25.7.1943 until 26.3.1944 - Service again Copenhagen-Samso-Odense

Danish passenger ferry Fredericia

30.4.1944 until 2.11.1944 - Laid up at Copenhagen

2.11.1944 until 15.2.1945 - Service Copenhagen-Fredericia-Kolding/Vejle/Horsens

17.2.1945 until 14.12.1945 - Service Copenhagen-aarthus-Aalbogr

1946 until 19.3.1959 - Service again Copenhagen-Fredericia-Kolding

1953 - Occasionally proceeded to Vejle or Sonderborg

29.5.1959 until 14.8.1963 - Service mainly during the summer season Copenhagen-Samso-Odense.
1960 - Service also Copenhagen-Randers/Horsens-Vejle

MV Caroline

14.8.1963 Arrived at Copenhagen form Odense & laid up

30.12.1963 - Sold to Cross Channel container Services Limited (Ronan O’Rahilly) Greenore harbour. Price paid £20,000

8.1.1964 - Taken over by new owners who claimed to use her in service in UK-Ireland & to have her renamed ISEULT. However, transferred to Astrenic SA (Ronan O’Rahilly) Panama & renamed CAROLINE Towed from Rotterdam to Greenore Harbour & converted into a broadcasting ship

27.3.1964 - Anchored in position 51. 59’ 30” North – 0. 1’ 32” off the coast of Suffolk as a pirate radio sender

Jim Murphy

The late Jim Murphy on air onboard the MV Caroline

MV Caroline off the Isle-of-Man

13.7.1964 - Shifted to the Irish Sea she broadcasts as she sails to anchor in Ramsey Bay off the Isle of Man as a pirate radio sender

15.8.1967 - After the British Government legislation prevented supplies being delivered to any radio ship from British Ports CAROLINE continued broadcasting with supplies from the Netherlands

MV Caroline off the Isle-of-Man

In 1968 a dispute with Wijsmuller arose over non-payment of supplies and in 3.3.1968 the tug UTRECHT towed her to Amsterdam and she was laid up

6.1972 - Auctioned to Frank Rijsdijk Holland NV, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht for demolition Price paid £3.117.00

MV Caroline Hulk

1972 Demolition commenced after 43 years service at the Van der Marel shipbrokery & scrapyard Ouwerkerk in the Provence of Zeeland picture by Karel Gerbers

Apologies for any errors made with the Scandinavian names

Disseminated from a very poor quality publication of unknown origin discovered by John Aston of Radio Caroline North

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