The Thames forts - September 2014

On 28th September 2014 a number of former offshore radio presenters and listeners joined the other passengers on the historic paddle steamer Waverley as the ship made its regular trip from Tower Pier in London, via Gravesend and Southend, out to see the Thames forts. On this occasion the route took in the Shivering Sands and Red Sands fort complexes, very fitting in the fiftieth anniversary year of their first use for offshore broadcasting.
In 1964 Shivering Sands became the home of Radio Sutch, replaced a few months later by Radio City. Red Sands housed Radio Invicta, later King Radio and ultimately Radio 390. Thanks to Gerry and Roma Zierler for allowing us to include some of their photos.

Red Sands fort
Red Sands fort. The aerial mast and walkway are recent additions, built by Project Redsand
Red Sands fort
Red Sands fort. Photo courtesy of Gerry Zierler. Kevin Turner tells us the mast was installed for the Red Sands Radio broadcast in 2008 and he thinks the walkway dates from 2012.
Shivering Sands
Shivering Sands fort.
Shivering Sands
Shivering Sands fort.
Phil Martin and Martin Kayne
Phil Martin, left, and Martin Kayne. Photo courtesy of Gerry Zierler.
Martin Kayne and Guy Hamilton
Martin Kayne, left, and Guy Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Roma Zierler.
Bill Rollins and Ray Clark
Tower Radio DJ Bill Rollins, left, and Ray Clark (Caroline eighties DJ “Mick Williams”). Photo courtesy of Gerry Zierler.
Woolf Byrne, Dick Dixon
Woolf Byrne, left, and Dick Dixon. Photo courtesy of Gerry Zierler.
Guy Hamilton, Woolf Byrne, Bill Rollins, Dick Dixon, Alan Turner, Phil Martin, Kevin Turner
Left to right: Guy Hamilton, Woolf Byrne, Bill Rollins, Dick Dixon, Alan Turner, Phil Martin and Caroline eighties DJ Kevin Turner. Shivering Sands in the background.
Ray Clark, Dick Dixon, Alan Turner
Left to right: Ray Clark, Dick Dixon and Alan Turner. Photo courtesy of Gerry Zierler.

See also pictures from a similar trip on the Balmoral and one on the barge Greta, both taken in 2003.

A couple of days later, on 30th September 2014, the Waverley made a trip along the River Blackwater, passing Radio Caroline's ship, the mv Ross Revenge. Ray Clark took this photo of the two vessels from St. Lawrence Bay, aka Steeple Stone. Thanks to Ray for the photo.

Waverley and Ross Revenge

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