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The story of Radio Caroline has over the years become something of a broadcasting legend. However all good legends are a mix of fact and fiction, none more so than Caroline, and the story has many myths associated with it.

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.

The story continues into the 1970's, with Caroline's 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 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.


Fredericia 1964

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