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, Prince Holman, Leendert Vingerling, Geoff Toon, Göran Carlsson, Wikipedia, The … 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

Hendrik Jan

Ship details: A ninety foot canal ship (the former Ijmuiden 17), owned by Fietje Donselaar, fitted out in the canal Sparne (in Haarlem) by Steph Willemsen and Bob Peeters. During 1970, the Hendrik Jan was partially rebuilt in the Sparne canal by a couple of illegal immigrants from Angola, the former Portuguese colony. Bob Peeters … Read more

Hospitaal-Kerkschip De Hoop IV

Ship details: The Hospital Church vessel De Hoop IV, 208 feet long, 1,106 tons gross, 390 tons net, was built in 1963. The crew consisted of 24 members, including a minister and a doctor. The ship was constructed at N.V. Scheepsbouwwerf Gebroeders Pot in Bolnes, with the hull number 950. From 1964 until 1st January … Read more

Radio Diego-Suarez von der HMS Winchester Castle

Die schwimmende Radiostation der britischen Besetzung in Madagaskar Nach der Unterzeichnung des deutsch-französischen Waffenstillstands im Wald von Compiègne am 22. Juni 1940 infolge der deutschen Westoffensive wurde Frankreich aufgeteilt. Der Norden mit der Hauptstadt Paris befand sich unter deutscher Besatzung. Im unbesetzten Süden wurde der Kurort Vichy im Departement Allier ab Juli 1940 zum Sitz … Read more