The Dutch authorities claimed they were justified in carrying out their action as the Ross Revenge was stateless because the Panamanian registry had lapsed. They also quoted the 6215 kHz interference and the actions of the American FCC against the Radio NewYork ship Sarah as further reasons. It now seems certain that the Dutch action was aimed against Radio 819 and also as a warning to those planning to set up other offshore stations such as the Mi Amigo/Nannell and the Communicator, they did not seem especially concerned with Radio Caroline. The complaints of interference to 6215 kHz, actually concern the secondary distress frequency on 6215.5 kHz. The French maritime radio station at Saint Lys near Bordeaux, had complained to World Music Radio of interference, receiving no response they had then contacted the relevant authorities. This resulted in several Dutch citizens being questioned about operating WMR and allegedly tendering the Ross Revenge.

Show of Support
Following the raid, a fund was set up to help pay for legal aid for the Radio Caroline disc jockeys. On Sunday 17th September 1989, a rally was organised as a practical display of support for the station. Listeners were asked to bring along non-perishable food and some of their favourite records to replace those taken by the Dutch authorities. Between six and seven hundred people turned up to the rally outside the offices of the UK Department of Trade and Industry, bringing with them food and about 5000 records. After speeches by some of the Caroline jocks who'd been aboard the ship at the time of the raid, a petition and letters were handed in at the DTI building by the Caroline Movement's John Burch. The supporters then moved off, marching to Lambeth pier where a number of Caroline deejays were waiting aboard a Thames riverboat to meet the supporters.

The raid on Radio Caroline resulted in a lot of publicity for the station, with the Dutch authorities almost universally condemned for their action. People writing to the Dutch Embassy in London received a standard letter from the Press department in reply. As well as the campaign in the United Kingdom, Offshore Echo's was making the French media and the authorities aware of the situation regarding the raid. The French edition of Offshore Echo's carried an appeal for readers to send money to help Caroline. Among those making a financial donation was Jean Paul Baudecroux, head of France's NRJ radio network. Jean Paul said he "started NRJ because of Caroline. Pirate radio has always been in my eyes something important and symbolic that's why I am very sad for what happened to the Ross Revenge. I consider free radio such as Radio Caroline have gained the right to obtain their own frequency because they have the greatest of all legitimacy... that of the audience. I would like you to let the crew of the Ross Revenge know that NRJ radio in France think of them".





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Complete Radio Caroline and
Radio 819 News as published in OEM 78/79

Caroline Martin

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