Follow-up: what happened to these ships?

Radio Caroline - Ross Revenge

The Ross Revenge ran aground after breaking her anchor chain in 1991 and was salvaged and towed to Dover where repair work was carried out.
A group of Caroline supporters managed to get a temporary radio licence with which the station was able to celebrate its Birthday at Easter 1992.
Since then she has visited many Thames area ports such as Dover, Bradwell, Clacton, Southend and Sheerness. Technically she is still subject to a detention order by the DTI and movement is restricted to the Thames area.
In 1996 she was towed to Chatham, Kent and put into dry dock after which she was moved to various other locations throughout the UK.

Her current location is quay 12 at the port of Tilbury in Essex near the London cruise terminal.

Ross Revenge in the docks for maintenance
The Ross Revenge at the dry dock in Cahtham

Ross Revenge in Chatham (UK)
The Ross Revenge in Chatham

The bridge (left) and record library (right)

Left: the galley (the impressive but very dangerous to repair DC operated stove is no longer there)
Middle and right: the mess room

This really looks bizarre: The Ross Revenge moored

Laser 558 - Communicator

The Former Laser 558 ship the Communicator was towed to Lisbon, Portugal in 1989.
In 1994 she was sold to Holland FM and towed from Lisbon to a specially built pier between Enkhuizen and Lelystad in the IJsselmeer.
She served as a broadcasting ship for Holland FM (1994-1995), Radio Veronica (1995-1998),
Q Radio (1998-2003) and finally for Superstation Orkney (2004).

Communicator goes legal for Radio Holland

Left: October 10, 1994: the Communicator with her slim new mast goes 'legal' for Radio Holland. In the background the Nozema transmission tower (190 m) near the IJsselmeer docks at Lelystad
(photo: Jelle Boonstra)
Below: Former Laser 558 ship the Communicator first housed Radio Holland (1224 AM), was then sold to Veronica for transmissions of Veronica News Radio, after which it was sold to Q Radio.
Communicator houses Radio Holland

On December 19, 2003 the Communicator was moved to the UK and half a year later it was bound for St. Margarets Hope in the Orkney Islands to broadcast for Superstation Orkney. In December 2004, it was announced that the vessel was up for sale and sadly in August 2007 the Communicator went for scrap (see above).

The REM island

The REM island was built in 1964 in Ireland and then towed to a position near Noordwijk aan Zee, just outside the Dutch waters. It served as the broadcasting home of Radio Noordzee and Noordzee TV.
Both stations were knocked off the air on December 17 1964 by a sea and air raid by the armed forces of the Netherlands.

In 1974, the government began using REM Island as a base for carrying out marine investigations and measurements.
In September 2006 the authorities started to dismantle the REM island.

The REM island as seen from the North sea, a few months before dismantling

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