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Fred Kooreman's Radio Caroline photos

Following the towing away of the Radio Caroline ships in March 1968, the two vessels languished, rotting, in harbour in Holland. Then, in 1972, they were put up for auction. The Fredericia, the Caroline North vessel, was bought by a scrap-dealer and broken up but the mv Mi Amigo, home of Radio Caroline South was saved. Offshore radio enthusiast Gerard van Dam bought the ship and, together with a group of fellow fans, he started work on renovating her. To help pay for this, the ship was opened to the public. (There are more details on this page.) One of the first to take advantage of the offer was Fred Kooreman who writes: “I visited the Mi Amigo in summer 1972 when she was in Zaandam, close to Amsterdam. I was at that time 20 years old.” Fred has very kindly provided some photos that he took at the time and, on the following pages, his memories of the visit and some documents that he rescued. We are very grateful to him for allowing us to publish them on The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.

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deck of the Mi Amigo

On the deck of the mv Mi Amigo.

upper deck of the Mi Amigo

The upper deck of the Mi Amigo.

The Mi Amigo

The mv Mi Amigo in Zaandam harbour.

Mi Amigo aerial mast

The Mi Amigo aerial mast.

looking down into the transmitter hold

Looking down into the transmitter hold of the mv Mi Amigo.

Caroline's transmitters

In the transmitter hold.

Caroline's transmitters

Radio Caroline's transmitters.

a hatch on the Mi Amigo

A hatch on the Mi Amigo.

corridor on the Mi Amigo corridor on the Mi Amigo
Corridor to the DJs' cabins, below decks on the Mi Amigo.

Fred's memories of the visit are over the page.
Photographs © Fred Kooreman. Many thanks to him for allowing us to publish them.
See also Rob Olthof's and Paul May's pictures of the Mi Amigo from the same period.
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