FINAL HOUR OF RADIO SCOTLAND 242M 14TH AUGUST 1967

Radio Scotland operated from a converted light ship the Comet and commenced transmissions on 31st December 1965, anchored in international waters off Fifeness approx 25 miles east of Edinburgh. Then she moved to the west coast in April 1966. After operating off the coast of Troon for most of 1966 the station was summoned and fined £80 for being inside territorial waters. Then she returned later in the Forth in May 1967. The station was the brainchild of Tommy Shields who worked in management for Scottish TV in 1957. The Marine Offences Bill loomed and Radio Scotland closed down on August 14th 1967.  A few months after the station closed Tommy was admitted to hospital with kidney complaint but died shortly after the operation, it is said by many that his illness was brought on by seeing the end of his dream of owning his own Radio Station. A unique recording of an offshore pirate station and one for the avid collector. Footnote ; The MV Comet was later towed to Methill Harbour in Fife, the broadcasting equipment was removed and the vessell was offered for sale,  she was sold to a foreign buyer. In 1969 the Comet was scrapped at  Ouwerkerk in Holland and broken up by Van De Marel Shipworks in 1969.

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