Radio Del Mare was a short-lived Dutch offshore station which had two brief periods on air from two different ships.
It first launched in 1978, broadcasting from a ship called the Aegir, named after the Norse sea god. The vessel had previously been a deep-sea trawler called Express. Unfortunately after only a few weeks on air, on Monday 11th
September, the anchor chain parted during a force 9 gale and the Aegir began drifting towards some rocks. The two DJs on board broadcast a Mayday message. A tug arrived and the ship was towed into harbour where the crew
were arrested and the ship impounded.
The following year Del Mare was back from a new ship called the Aegir 2, formerly the 270 ton fishing boat Martina. She had previously been called Scheveningen 159 and was a sister vessel to Radio 270's Oceaan VII. Programmes began on
2nd June but things did not go smoothly. By October there was only one person on board and, when his supplies ran out, he set sail for shore. On the way the engine packed up and, on 31st October 1979, the Aegir 2 was brought into
Stellandam harbour where, like her predecessor, she was impounded.
Ray Clark happened to be there at the time, with his trusty instamatic camera, and captured these images. We are grateful to Ray for sharing them with us.