The Broadcasting Fleet

A large part of the texts published here are based on the great “Encyclopedia of Offshore Radio” by Jim Parkes. We are very grateful to Dr. Adrian Peterson from Adventist World Radio. And we also received valuable information from Mike Brand, Paul Rusling, Andy Sennitt, Bernhard Beck, John S. Platt, Raoul Verolleman, Prince Holman, Leendert … Read more

Die traurige Göttin der Demokratie

Das Fracht- und Vermessungsschiff Gorsethorn, ursprünglich die Dido 77, mit einer Länge von 258 Fuß, wurde 1963 von Charles Hill & Sons Ltd in Bristol, England, erbaut. Das Schiff, nun in rostigem Braun gestrichen und mit einem Gewicht von 1.140 Tonnen, wurde im Frühjahr 1990 mit monumentalen chinesischen Schriftzeichen versehen. An der Bugseite des Radioschiffs … Read more

The Sad Goddess of Democracy

The 258-foot-long Gorsethorn, formerly known as Dido 77, was built in 1963 by Charles Hill & Sons Ltd in Bristol, England, and served as a cargo and surveying vessel. The now rust-brown-painted, 1,140-ton heavy freighter was adorned with massive Chinese characters in the spring of 1990. At the bow of the radio ship was a … Read more

The Offshore Radio Masts

By Ian Anderson In Offshore Echo’s Magazine 150 I explained how in the summer of 2007 I decided to settle something that had bugged me about Radio London’s radio mast ever since the time I first saw a picture of the Galaxy in 1965. In that article, and in the follow-up in Offshore Echoes 151, … Read more

Lady Dixon

Ship details: The Lady Dixon was an ex Commissioners of Irish Lights lightvessel. She was built in 1876/78 by the Victoria Shipbuilding Co., West Passage Cork, Ireland. She was 91 ft long, 21 ft wide and her draft was 11ft. She cost £7.500 to build and served on many Irish stations. Her construction was a … Read more


Ship details: An ex Admiralty 70 ton 65 feet fishing vessel was said to have been purchased to be converted into a radio ship in Scotland. The very small “Ellen” had the call letters: GBLN – London. The financial backer was to be “The World Tomorrow” radio program which then was slated  for Radio Atlanta … Read more

Mebo I

Ships details: The contract for its construction was concluded in 1939, and in August 1940 it was to be completed in Trondhjem/Central Norway as the HERLAUG. Due to the German occupation of Norway in April 1940, construction was stopped. The launch as a guard ship for the German Navy took place on May 27, 1941 … Read more

Broadcasting ships during the Gulf War

Shock and awe on the air – US steps up propaganda war By Mika Mäkeläinen [Editor of and foreign news reporter for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE)] Surrender or die is the message beamed at the remaining Iraqi Republican Guard soldiers in trenches around Baghdad. Coalition propaganda is aired 24 hours a day over … Read more

M.V. Piscator

Ship details: Ex-fishing vessel NOORDERKROON (SCH-55) – IMO 5254541 Shipyard: Sleephelling Maatschappij ScheveningenEngine: 750 hp 6-cylinder M.W.M, built in 1955Gross tonnage: 213.19 tonsNet tonnage: 97.66 tonsLength: 37.63 metersWidth: 6.83 metersDraft: 3.15 metersStart: 1955 SCH 55 Noorderkroon Owned by Verre Visserij MIJChange: 1963 SCH 55 Noorderkroon Owned by M den Dulk. Gz1970 SCH 55 Noorderkroon Owned by … Read more

U.S.S. Leviathan

Ship details: Launched 04-03-1913, Blohm&Voss Shipyards, HamburgCommisioned 05-01-1914Size: 54.282 gross tons (European); 15.000 tonsLength: 289.55 m over all (276.59 registered)Width: 30.48 mDepth: 19.20 mMachines: 4 turbines B&VSpeed: 23 knots normal, 25.84 maximumCapacity: 752+228 first class, 330+205 second class, 850+1532 third class passengers, 1234 crew Leviathan was built in 1913 as SS Vaterland, Germany’s largest passenger … Read more