Election Day
Election day 18th June 1970, in which polls had predicted a Labour win, saw the opposite happen. In London and the South of England - RNI / Caroline's reception area, the Labour party lost their seats.


How much of this was due to the offshore stations influence is difficult to determine, but it should be remembered that many of the first time 18 year old voters, had been keen listeners to the 60's offshore stations only a few years earlier, and these had been closed down by Harold Wilson's Labour government.


A Conservative government had been voted in, and far from Harold seeing off Ronan, it was the other way around. On the 20th June, the offshore station reverted back to its Radio Northsea International callsign. It was to be more than two years before Radio Caroline was heard again.

Sold at Aunction
The two Caroline ships that had been held in Amsterdam, for over four years, were eventually sold at a public auction on 29th May 1972.

The MV Caroline was sold for scrap and was later broken up. The MV Mi Amigo, was sold by the auctioneers R W Buis, N A - to the Hofman Shipping Agency, bidding for undisclosed clients for 20,000 Guilders. It was assumed that the Mi Amigo, like the MV Caroline would be broken up, but a Dutch free radio organisation soon announced that after long discussions with the owners, they had agreement to use the ship for a free radio museum.

It was soon revealed that the undisclosed bidders were Rob Vermaat and radio enthusiast Gerard van Dam.

During the Summer, work started on restoring the studios and the cabins, with the intention that visitors could stay on the ship, and use the studios.

Ronan O'Rahilly & Simon Dee

Ronan O'Rahilly & Simon Dee

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The Opposition


Gerard van Dam

Gerard van Dam


Museum conversion ?


fredericia scrapped

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