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Campaign launched to save historic former Grimsby side trawler Ross Revenge

On 4 April 2023 a Crowdfunder Campaign was launched to save the historic former Grimsby side trawler and ‘pirate’ radio ship Ross Revenge

The charity which maintains the former Radio Caroline pirate radio ship Ross Revenge has launched an ambitious campaign to raise funds to move the ship in to dry dock for essential repairs to ensure its survival.

The registered charity MV Ross Revenge (Home of Radio Caroline) aims to raise £125,000 through the Crowdfunder to add to the £57,000 already raised.

This will total approximately half the amount required to approach the National Lottery for additional funding to carry out initial surveys of the ship in dry dock – paint the hull and superstructure and carry out necessary repairs to seals and valves.

“Ross Revenge is a remarkable ship with a fascinating fishing and broadcasting history,” said Radio Caroline station manager and charity chairman Peter Moore.

“It is one of only a couple of surviving British super trawlers, the pride of a fleet of distant- water vessels that once plied their trade in the cold and turbulent seas of the North Atlantic from ports such as Grimsby and Hull, but were wiped out when the fishing industry went into steep decline in the late 1970s. Ross Revenge still holds the record for the biggest catch.

“It is the only remaining pirate radio ship still afloat, having avoided the cutter’s torch when sent to the breaker’s yard to become the floating broadcast base for the Radio Caroline in 1983.

The ship has endured many dramas during its time on the North Sea, including a brutal armed raid by Dutch Authorities in 1989 and the 300ft radio mast falling overboard after the 1987 hurricane,  nearly taking the ship down with it.

Ross Revenge is also one of only a few ships to survive grounding on the notorious Goodwin Sands, when its anchor chain broke during a storm in 1991. Ross Revenge is now maintained by volunteers and is on the National Historic Ships Register.

“Ross Revenge is an iconic ship that has played a significant role in the history of broadcasting in the UK,” said Peter Moore. “We are launching this Crowdfunder  Campaign  to ensure that the ship can continue to operate and provide a platform for independent radio broadcasting and be of interest to future generations, on which our future will depend.

“Our future plans to turn the forepeak area of the ship into an interactive fishing heritage centre will provide a hub for learning about maritime engineering and the ship’s deep sea fishing history.”

The Crowdfunder campaign will run for six weeks from Good Friday 7 April, and donors will be able to choose  from a range of rewards.

To support the Crowdfunder Campaign and secure the future of MV Ross Revenge, please visit the Crowdfunder campaign page for MV Ross Revenge (Home of Radio Caroline) at rossrevenge.com.

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