How a radio ship and 7 men shook up Britain in 1964

Fifty years ago this week, a 35-year-old former passenger ferry was being equipped with a 165-foot radio mast in the tiny Irish port of Greenore, while its crew bought up the entire stock of a small record shop in nearby Dundalk and dozens of tins of baked beans from a local store. Within two weeks, the ship had sailed throughstormy seas to take up an anchorage in international waters off the UK’s east coast. But the weather was nothing compared with the political storm that erupted on March 28, Easter Saturday in 1964, when the ship began broadcasting as Radio Caroline “Britain’s first all-day music station”.

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