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Welcome to the Ross Revenge website.
All about one of the most superb ships ever built.

Radio Caroline and the crew of the Ross Revenge are proud to have been involved with the production of the new Universal Pictures movie. Released in the USA and Canada on November 13th as "Pirate Radio" the movie has been on release in Europe since the spring under its original name "The Boat That Rocked". "Pirate Radio" aka "The Boat That Rocked" is a fictional comedy set on a 1960's pirate radio ship, Radio Rock. Read all about our contribution here, and see how much of the Ross Revenge's authentic equipment you can spot in the movie.

Built in Bremerhaven, Germany, in 1960 as one of three similar vessels and christened "Freyr", registration "RE1", the Ross Revenge was originally owned and operated by an Icelandic fishing company. After just 3 years she was sold to Grimsby based Ross Fisheries and re-named "Ross Revenge", where she became one of the most successful vessels to ever fish from the UK. By the late 70's the fishing industry was in sharp decline and along with many of her contemporaries she became surplus to requirements. For a while she was operated as a salvage and recovery vessel but in the early 80's she was sitting in a breakers yard almost inevitably facing the cutters torch. However, Radio Caroline were searching for a new ship, and in August 1983 she became home to the legendary radio station. For a period of over 8 years she was kept at anchor outside territorial waters broadcasting to up to 23 million people. Finally, beaten and battered, and in very poor condition she was shipwrecked onto the Goodwin Sands off the Kent coast from where she was eventually towed into Dover and arrested. Since 1991 she has been cared for and maintaned by an enthusiastic voluntary support group with the aim of preserving and restoring her to her former glory.

This Site (C), Launched July 13th 2001, Re-launched July 6th, 2004

Calling all old Ross Revenge Crew.

A video documentary project is in the planning stages to cover the history of the Ross Revenge and her amazing story. This will be a professionally produced product, and will feature her career as a record breaking trawler and a floating broadcasting station. We are interested in getting in touch with as many of her old crew as possible, with a view to inviting everyone onboard to share and tell their story. If you served onboard the Ross Revenge (or Freyr) and would like to take forward in this unique project, please get in touch.

You can use the "feedback form" or send an email to "ship[at]rossrevenge[dot]co[dot]uk"