THE FORT BASED STATIONS

During the 60s most of the offshore pirate radio stations were transmitting from ships outside territorial waters but some used the ex army defence forts in the Thames Estuary.The War Office tried to sell these structures in 1963 but no one was interested !!!  New stations were born, on this CD you'll hear Radio Invicta, Radio Essex later BBMS, Radio Sutch, Radio City, Radio 390, all based on these stilts and most in the Thames Estuary originally built to defend London during the war. All the forts had names, Red Sands, Shivering Sands, The Great Nore, Rough Tower, Sunk Head , and Knock  John and all new homes for the pirates. In theory these stations were better than being on a ship, more stable and much more comfortable, later some of these structures proved to be inside Territorial Waters, that was their main downfall. Listen to the full history of these stations on stilts and what happened to them. Hear the news report of Radio City being taken over and listen to another news report about 3 men drowned after a supply boat sank. Listen to the Managing Director of Radio 390 Ted Albury and his fight to keep the station on the air. Also a rather mysterious transmission from Radio 310 !!  Hugh Jenkins MP says these broadcasters will close. Hear comments from MPs and station owners and the arguments for and against closure. 15th August 1967 and the Marine Offences Bill becomes law.........all the stations closed but some with a fight especially Radio 390 Ted Albury explains. This is a very informative CD concerning the plight of these fort based broadcasters in the Thames Estuary. Near the end of the recording you'll hear The Johnnie Walker Lament the song that he made about the dream of Radio Caroline sailing up the River Thames. Also a recording of  "We Love The Pirates" by The Roaring 60s. A unique CD charting the complete history of the pirates on stilts. Those were the days. One for the avid collector.     Footnote:  These sea structures still remain off the coast of the UK , mainly around the Thames Estuary , they are home to seagulls and various other birds, constantly battered by the elements  and are now considered too dangerous to board. The rusting hulks protrude from the sea and are still to this day an impressive site.

Approximate running time: 80mins

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