FLYING  THE   FLAG

Flying the flag
The Guardian newspaper for 29th October 1985 reported that the government is trying to put Caroline and Laser off the air by persuading the Panamanian authorities to withdraw their registry of the radio ships and the protection afforded by the Panamanian flags of convenience. On the 31st October 1985, a new ship anchored near the Ross Revenge and Communicator, this turned out to be no less than the Gardline Tracker, sister ship to Laser 558's Communicator (formerly Gardline Seeker). A Haloween party was held aboard Caroline that night, from 22.00, to 01.00 the next morning. On the 3rd November 1985, Nick Richards mentioned that he'd been on the bridge the previous night watching firework displays on the Kent coast, during Susan Charles's show she commented that they'd had a lot of visitors out and that their friends on the Communicator had taken their ship for a ride and gone sailing. The next day, the 4th Susan announced during her 09.00 to 12.00 show that she'd been on the air exactly a year to the day with Caroline.

Cosmic

Andy 'Cosmic' Johnson

At 20.40 that evening Cosmic thanked the Walton on Naze lifeboat for rescuing a Honduras ship out there.

Windy
Local Essex newspapers and TV reported on the 5th November 1985, that the British Honduras registered fishing boat Windy had got into difficulties about 20 metres from the Ross Revenge when a rope became entangled in her propeller. Windy was towed by the Walton lifeboat, into Harwich where she was boarded by Police and Customs officers. Police say the incident reports have been sent to Essex Police HQ at Chelmsford for consideration. Windy was the smallest of three tenders, that generally operated out of the French port of Dunkirk, and serviced the Ross Revenge. The other tenders were the Poolster, and the large Bellatrix.

Windy

Tender Windy

Gardline Tracker

The Gardline Tracker arrives on site

Nick Richards and Susan Charles

Nick Richards and Susan Charles

Windy

Tender Windy alongside the Ross

Windy

Windy

The Windy leaves Dunkirk

Windy

 

 

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The Gardline Tracker

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