Radio Caroline was the iconic pirate radio station. It invigorated a generation, capturing the imaginations of millions of people across Britain and Ireland when it started broadcasting music twenty-four hours a day from the North Sea in 1964.
In 1985, twenty-one-year-old IT executive Steve Conway left his job in England and moved to the ship the Ross Revenge to work as a newsreader for Radio Caroline. Shiprocked is the story of his adventures on board, as a member of a dedicated crew struggling to keep the radio station – and the ship – afloat in hazardous conditions, amid the stress of operating on a shoestring budget, with ever-present government harassment.
Hurricane-force winds and towering waves propelled the sad demise of the Ross Revenge’s outlaw days in 1991, smashing it onto the UK’s notorious Goodwin Sands in a dramatic storm that almost drowned Conway and his companions.
This new edition of Shiprocked, marking Radio Caroline’s fiftieth anniversary, includes a new introduction and a fresh epilogue on the revolutionary era of pirate radio.