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Bob Arnold's Radio Northsea International photo album

Bob Arnold has very kindly allowed us to publish some photos he took while visiting Radio Northsea International's ship, mv Mebo II. He writes: “I'd been an avid listener to the pirates of the 60s but just too young to get a job out there. When RNI started I got more involved in things and did a bit of work distributing the RNI election handbills for Ronan (O'Rahilly) and Urs Emmenegger (see next page). Also, about then, I joined the Free Radio Association and the Campaign for Independent Broadcasting, and also started doing mobile discos in 1970, working for a guy called Mick Francis who ran an agency. One of his other DJs was Mike Ross so Mike and I got to know each other through that. I also started an offshore radio magazine called Newsbeat International. Basically, I built up some quite useful contacts through all of this and one of those contacts was friendly with Eva Pfister in the Mebo Zurich office who arranged for me to go out to the Mebo II for a week as a guest.”
The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame is very grateful to Bob for sharing his photos. Most of these photos date from the time he stayed on board the Mebo II although a few are from earlier visits to Holland.

Ian Anderson, who features in the photos, has been in touch. He has very kindly provided a DJ rota from that time, drawn up by Eva Pfister, which is below. He and Bob, after a bit of debate, have decided the visit was probably in March 1973. Ian has also made some other comments which are included in red.

mv Mebo II
RNI's ship, mv Mebo II. This photo is from June 1971, not long after the fire-bomb attack.
deck of Mebo II
Deck of the Mebo II.
Don Allen
Don Allen in the RNI newsroom. This, and most of the other photos, date from Bob's visit in March 1973.
Trip tender
The Trip Tender.
Don Allen and Arnold Layne
Don Allen and Arnold Layne in the newsroom.
Don Allen
Don Allen in the studio.
Hans Molenaar, Hans ten Hooge, Leo van der Goot
Dutch DJ/newreaders Hans Molenaar, left, and Hans ten Hooge facing the camera. Leo van der Goot behind.
Hans Molenaar
Hans Molenaar.
Ian Anderson, Graham Gill
Ian Anderson climbs down to the tender before going on shore leave, Friday 23 March 1973. Graham Gill, facing the camera, is about to join him.
Mike Ross, Graham Gill
Graham Gill climbing down from the Mebo II to the tender. Mike Ross, in the the red jacket, above. On the tender, in the red shirt, Dutch DJ Dick de Graaf.
Mike Ross, Ian Anderson
Mike Ross watches the tender leave with Ian Anderson on board. We previously said that Brian McKenzie was also there but now we are not so sure. Ian comments that: “tenders were on Fridays and Tuesdays.”
Supplies being brought aboard.
crew in rubber boat
Crew-members in the rubber boat prepare for a trip to visit the Radio Veronica ship, mv Nordeney.
crew in rubber boat
Among the crew-members is one known as King Kong. Ian: “He is in a black pullover at the front of the RIB, facing the camera, going to Veronica. Why did he get the name? He was not all that big.”
alongside the Mebo II
Alongside the Mebo II, June 1971.
studio 2
RNI's studio 2.
crew watching television
Crew-members watching television in the mess room. Ian: “King Kong at the right, his head appearing over the fridge.”
Mike Ross
Mike Ross.

RNI DJ rota
RNI disc-jockey rota, courtesy of Ian Anderson. He says: “There were meant to be two teams, one led by Brian and the other by Don, but Mike and myself were offset by that mainly because we often were on board longer - Mike because of his transmitter commitments and myself because none of the others wanted to do the news, which I liked doing. The longest I was on was 6 weeks.” The rota was drawn up by Eva Pfister in the Zurich office. Ian says: “you can see my two-weeks-on (in red) has been extended to three weeks (dotted line). This is Eva's work, a hand-drawn rota in which she highlighted our personal copies in red.”

More of Bob's photos on the next page.
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