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Radio Life
Vincent Monsey had been employed by Ronan O'Rahilly to find investment and backing for Radio Caroline. Monsey, whose name had been heard a year or so previously in connection with an offshore project called Radio Amanda that had apparently come to nothing, found some advertisers and sponsors. As well as Caroline's programmes on 963 kHz, a second transmitter was to carry programmes by Radio Life, an American organisation who'd booked airtime. The format would be Adult Contemporary (Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand etc...). As a result of the legal problems, Vincent Monsey, also known as Paul Collins, claimed that he had lost approximately £100,000 so far in the venture. He also says that the dozen or so major advertisers, including Newsweek and 7-UP, have remained loyal and will still go on air with the station. Late in 1982 Ronan O'Rahilly, obtained new backing for the Caroline Project. Plans were made to take money out of Ireland and London, but failed when two people were caught taking large sums of money out of the country. As a result of information obtained from them, Interpol, FBI and Scotland Yard started to investigate the Caroline Organisation.

Unchained
During mid May, legal ownership of the radio ship Ross Revenge reverted to Caroline Communications, after the difficulties with James Ryan were resolved. In June, the chains that Ryan had put on the Ross Revenge were removed, and the ship was taken into dry dock to be given a special coating of bright red protective paint. In mid-June the portakabins at the rear of the ship were removed and the studios rebuilt in the Captain's accomodation on the main deck of the ship. The space where the portakabins had been was painted green and the now famous legend "LA CAROLINE 319" painted in white over this. Towards the end of July, the Ross Revenge was nearly ready to sail, and arrangements were started to enable the ship to move. To satisfy the Spanish Harbour Authorities a qualified seaman had to be recruited to guide the ship out of the boat yard. Mr Martin Eve of Ipswich, who saw service in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War as a salvage tug skipper was the man chosen. On the 28th July a report appeared in the Dublin "Evening Herald" stating that the Ross Revenge was ploughing her way through the sea waves. In fact this was untrue, the ship was still in harbour at Solares near Santander where she had been converted. Radio Nova in Dublin also mentioned this report in their 'Look at the papers' spot.

Ross Spain

Vincent Monsey

Vincent Monsey

Martin Eve

Captain Martin Eve

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Ross Revenge Papers registration

 

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Ross Spain

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