In an effort to improve Radio Caroline's reception in northern England, in October 1965 it was decided that the station's north ship should seek out a new anchorage. The plan was that the mv
Fredericia would leave her normal home in Ramsey Bay, off the Isle of Man, and head towards the mainland British coast. The Beat Fleet by Mike Leonard reports the intended route: across the Irish Sea from the Isle of Man to Fleetwood in Lancashire, then down the coast, across Liverpool Bay and around the North
Wales coast, ending near Llandudno. Listeners were asked to help by sending in reception reports. Howard Bond was one of them. He writes: “The recent BBC radio programme celebrating the history of Radio Caroline
North prompted me to dig out some old items from a sixties scrapbook. As a cadet in the signals platoon at William Hulme's Grammar School in South Manchester I had access to some fairly sophisticated radio
receivers which outperformed any portable radio commercially available, especially as ours were hooked up to a 400 feet long receiving antenna. This piece of kit would easily pull in all of the offshore stations
irrespective of their location and output power. The main stations (Caroline North and South, Radio London, 390 and, from 1966, SRE and Britain Radio, Radio 270 and Radio Scotland) all came in loud and clear.
When we heard the plan to move the good ship Fredericia to a new anchorage we were very excited as the new location would have improved reception on portables quite considerably in the Manchester area particularly.”
Unfortunately for Howard - and the other eager listeners waiting to help by sending in their reception reports - bad weather delayed the cruise. First it was postponed to the following weekend and then cancelled
altogether. The Fredericia stayed put in Ramsey Bay. Our grateful thanks to Howard for offering these documents to The Pirate Radio Hall Of Fame.