Radio Ships or Pipe Dream?
Here are the first published pictures of the vessels
The "Grampian Dawn" formerly "Ben Strome" has a tonnage of 272GRT, 89NRT, is 37.9 metres long, 7.75 metres in beam, & has a 3.18 metre draft
She was built in 1962 by J Lewis & Sons of Aberdeen, yard number 318, & registered to North Star Shipping, owned by George Craig & Sons
She was converted into a side trawler in 1980 & classed until 15/7/83 before becoming a motor standby safety vessel - pollution control, in her role as a rig support ship
The "Grampian Princess" formerly "Linden Lea" was built in the same yard in 1960, number 292 & had the same owners
Tonnage, 280GRT, 95NRT, she's 36.89 metres long, 7.88 metres in beam with a draft of 3.89 metres & similarily was converted to a side trawler & classed until 8/4/83 before her role as a rig support ship
Both vessels were purchased recently by an offshore devotee for fitting out as radio ships with one ship destined for RSL broadcasts around the UK
Offshore Radio 'Pirate' Montage
Starboard side of the Grampian Dawn clearly showing the signs of decay & neglect
Starboard stern of both ships
The Princess from Dawn & her own fore peak
The Grampians from Princess stern deck
Grampian Princess rear starboard side
Stern view of the proposed radio ships Grampian Princess & Dawn Plans were going ahead to moor one ship off the Irish Coast & again broadcast as Radio London or was it a pipe dream!
Who could possibly say!
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