Ross Revenge

Trawler built 1960 by

Designated ensign Designated house flag

3487

Registered


Fishing Vessel

Trawler


Trawler

Blackwater


Private use

Restoration


Yes

Yes


31/05/2017

30/11/-0001


Web site

www.radiocaroline.co.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Diesel and electric


1958

None


None


Dimensions

110.00 feet (33.53 metres)

39.00 feet (11.89 metres)


220.00 feet (67.06 metres)

16.00 feet (4.88 metres)


950.00 feet (289.56 metres)


History

Ross Revenge was built for Icelandic owners, but sold on Ross Fisheries in 1963. Thereafter she operated from Grimsby, bringing in record catches and then took part in the final Cold Boat, ramming an Icelandic gun boat.

After the collapse of the UK fishing industry she was awating scrapping in Cairnryan but was purchased by Radio Caroline and taken to Santander to be converted to a radio broadcasting ship. The tallest mast ever placed on any ship was put on her to facilitate broadcasting. In her radio role she stayed permantly at sea from 1983 to 1991.

The vessel was shipwrecked in 1991 and brought to Dover harbour in very poor condition. Volunteers paid the salvage costs and started to make repairs which are ongoing today. There has been no outside funding. Donations to the value of £250.000 have been raised and spent since 1991.

Significance

It is believed she is the last example of a distant water side trawler and the only remaining pirate radio ship in the world. She is significant as she remains as she was built, only with the addition of radio broadcasting equipment which remains in place.

Previous names

  1. Freyr

Key dates

  1. 1960 Vessel built In Germany. 
  2. 1963 Sold to Ross Fisheries.
  3. 1981 Bought by Radio Caroline
  4. 1987 Rode out the 1987 hurricane but she lost her 300ft mast.
  5. 1989 Raided at sea by armed personnel from the Dutch authorities.
  6. 1991 Shipwrecked on the Goodwins, being one of the few vessels, if any, to survive this.
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

parrel:

a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement