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Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast

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Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, Essex coast

The pirate radio ship, Radio Caroline, anchored off the Essex coast near Walton-on-the-Naze, with a boat alongside.
circa 1966

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1966 Anchor Anchored Broadcasting Caroline Essex Illegal Naze Off Shore Pirate Radio Tyres Walton


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This evocative photograph captures the Pirate Radio ship, Radio Caroline, anchored off the Essex coast near Walton-on-Naze around 1966. The ship, a former Norwegian ferry named the MV Caroline, was used as a broadcasting platform for the illegal offshore radio station that brought pop music to the UK airwaves before the Radio Act of 1967. With a boat alongside, the ship appears anchored steadily amidst the choppy waters of the North Sea. The ship's distinctive red, white, and blue stripes, along with the large "Radio Caroline" sign, stand out against the grey sea and sky. The ship's hull is surrounded by a flotilla of tyres, a common method used to stabilize the ship in the rough waters. The 1960s were a time of cultural revolution, and the pirate radio stations, including Radio Caroline, played a significant role in shaping the music scene. They broadcasted the latest hits, often before they were released in the UK, and provided a platform for new and upcoming artists. The ships were often situated off the coasts of Essex and Kent, out of reach of the UK authorities, and their broadcasts could be heard across the country. Despite the illegality of their operations, the pirate radio stations were hugely popular, and Radio Caroline was one of the most famous. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, a reminder of the rebellious spirit of the 1960s and the role that pirate radio played in shaping the cultural landscape of the time.

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