1989: Raid on Pirate Radio Caroline Station in the North Sea

1989: Raid on Pirate Radio Caroline Station in the North Sea
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/Tom Lodge was a radio disc jockey for Radio Caroline from 1964 until his death in 2012

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 19 August 1989
  • On this day, armed British and Dutch agents boarded the ship Ross Revenge. They damaged and confiscated part of the equipment. It is interesting that the raided radio station made a live broadcast of the raid until the agents disabled the transmitters.

On this day in 1989, a raid was conducted on the pirate Radio Caroline station in the North Sea.

That station had been active since 1964, and had transmitted a signal from a ship anchored near the British coast.

In this way they sought to circumvent the British laws on transmitting radio signals. Throughout the decades, the ships from which the signal was transmitted were changed.

On the eve of the raid, they were using a ship called Ross Revenge. The signal was transmitted not only to Britain, but also to the Netherlands (the ship was anchored in the North Sea, between these two countries).

On this day, armed British and Dutch agents boarded the ship Ross Revenge. They damaged and confiscated part of the equipment.

It is interesting that the raided radio station made a live broadcast of the raid until the agents disabled the transmitters.

The Dutch citizens aboard the ship were arrested and deported to the Netherlands, while the British were allowed to choose whether they would stay on the ship or return to their country.

Despite the raid, the station continued to transmit with the help of improvised equipment already in October that same year.

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