Less than a year after the Mi Amigo had
sunk, news started to appear of a re-launch of Radio Caroline from a brand
The MV Ross Revenge, formally the Freyr, was built by Aktien Gesellchaft,
Weser Werk, Seebeck, Bremerhaven West Germany As a side trawler, the ship
was 223 feet 4 inches in length, 34 feet 1 inch wide and 978.48 gross
tonnage. The ship was previously owned by Ross Fisheries ,and used during
the Icelandic cod wars that took place between September 1972 and June
1976. Interestingly the Ross family had been backers of the original Radio
Caroline project back in 1964.
The Ross Revenge was moored at the Cairnryan breakers yard in Scotland,
and was found to be suitable for the Caroline project. Also moored there
at the same time was the HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier, and for a short
time it was rumoured that it was going to be the new home for Caroline.
Some metal plates from the Ark Royal were used as ballast on the Ross
Grothan Steamship Lines Incorporated purchased the Ross Revenge from the
breakers yard, and in April 1981, the ship was towed by the Spanish tug
Aznar Jose Luis to the Spanish port of Solares, near Santander, arriving
five days later.
Ross Revenge back deck