Radio Caroline is probably the most famous of all the offshore
“pirate” radio stations, and her story has become something of a
These pages from Offshore Echo’s look at the history of the famous
offshore station, through the 1960’s - from the start of Caroline &
Atlanta and their merger, the 1967 Marine Offences Act, and the
fateful day in March 1968 when both Caroline ships were seized and
forced off the air.
story continues into the 1970's, with Carolines return off the
Dutch coast, the move back off England and persecution by the UK
authorities. Radio Caroline was eventually silenced, not by
Government, but by Mother Nature, when her ship sank during storms
in March 1980.
Radio Caroline returned in 1983, with a brand new ship. and was
soon joined by another radioship
Laser 558. The authorities
were not amused and forced Laser off the air. Caroline however
continued broadcasting, until a raid on their ship by the Dutch
and British government.
Caroline wasn't silenced, but the loss of income from the
Dutch broadcasts and increasing pressure from the UK authorities
were soon had an effect. No one knew at the time, but when
deejay Neil Gates closed down for the night in the early hours
of 5th November 1990, it was the last time that Radio Caroline
was heard as a free radio station broadcasting from the
international waters of the North Sea. .
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The Radio Caroline story -
updated November 2015