ROSS   FISHERIES

Ross Fisheries
Less than a year after the Mi Amigo had sunk, news started to appear of a re-launch of Radio Caroline from a brand new ship. 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 Revenge. 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.

Wolfman Jack
Shortly after, the Ross Revenge arrived in Solares, the first publicity for the re-launch of Radio Caroline, appeared in several Dutch newspapers, and showed a photograph of the new ship. The announcement said that legendary American DJ Wolfman Jack would present the official opening hour live from the ship, then pre-recorded daily shows from him would be broadcast. Wolfman Jack (real name Bob Smith), became well known through the Mexican "border blaster" station XERB. He appeared in the 1973 cult film "American Graffiti" as himself. The film, directed by George Lucas, cost approximately $750,000 to make and grossed $55 million. The financial rewards from this film allowed George Lucas to make "Star Wars" in 1977. As part of the publicity drive, Wolfman Jack travelled over to Europe, making a number of press appearances and interviews. He also pre-recorded a number of programmes for Radio Caroline in a Paris studio. As well as Wolfman, Tom Hardy, Stevie Gordon and Tom Anderson -all survivors of the Mi Amigo- were two young Americans, Mitch Parker from Washington and Vincenta, a female from KSAN, who'd worked with Johnnie Walker, whilst he was there. Caroline 60's deejay Johnnie was to be Programme Director of the new Caroline. 

Johnnie Walker - KSAN

Johnnie Walker - KSAN

Ross 70s

Ross Revenge back deck in the 70s

Ross Fleet

The Ross Fleet in action in the 70s

Ross Spain

The Ross Revenge arrives in Spain

Ross Spain

 

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman with Vincent Monkey

Wolfman Jack with Vincent Monsey (Radio Caroline) 9-1981

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