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2014 - 2017 River Blackwater


After ten years berthed in Tilbury Docks, and a considerable amount of work being carried out on the Ross Revenge by volunteers, it was time for the Ross to return back to her former home on the River Blackwater, located off the Essex coastline near Bradwell.

Prior to the move a lot of work, and money, was spent on the Ross Revenge - not least the required stability tests to prove the ship would make the voyage - but on the 31st July 2014 after final preparations were made, checks were carried out by marine engineer Andy Wood, and all the necessary insurance paperwork was in place, tugs GPS Avenger and Horton were given the instruction to begin the move out of Tilbury.

With GPS Avenger taking the lead and Horton at Stern (as the standby tug) Ross Revenge left the Tilbury lock gates and made her way out of the River Thames into open sea.

With Chief Engineer Peter Clayton onboard the Ross Revenge made her way to the River Blackwater, the voyage being documented by Radio Caroline DJ, Steve Anthony.

Arrival on the River Blackwater saw new challenges and, to the credit of Radio Caroline, new achievments.

Finding a way to transmit via the 4G mobile network enabled Radio Caroline to route their broadcasts to Manx Radio's transmitter on the Isle of Man, and with Manx Radio making their 1368kHZ frequency available to Caroline an ongoing relationship was born.

We were fortunate to be onboard for some of the first Manx / Caroline - [Caroline North] - broadcasts - the video opposite shows Manx Radio's Chris Williams onboard the Ross Revenge.

We will update this page as necessary to include ongoing achievments, but for now we've listed below what has been achieved since the Ross Revenge arrived back on the River Blackwater;

2015-2016
Public Visits - After working through the ships insurers 19 page list of recommendations Knighthood Insurance agreed that enough work had been completed to allow public visits onboard the Ross Revenge.

May 2017
Radio Caroline awarded AM License on 648kHZ by Ofcom.

June 2017
Ross Revenge added to the National Historic Ships register.
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