Ships details: In 1965, the 320 ton stern fishing trawler MV Ross
Fortune was built by Cochrane & Sons Limited of Selby
Yorkshire, England for the Ross Fishing fleet. The ship was 129
feet 5 inches long by 30 feet 4 inches wide with a draught of 19
feet 6 inches (39.45 metres long, 9.25 metres wide 5.95 draught).
The ship was powered by a General Motors V12 1200 horse power
engine connected to a controllable pitch propeller. In 1972, the
ship was sold to a Canadian fishing company and renamed MV Fury V.
In 1989, the ship was owned by Naviera Fury S de RL and registered
in San Lorenzo, Honduras and used as a salvage vessel recovering
Transatlantic telephone cables. In 1993, The MV Fury was in Boston
harbour being converted into a radio ship. A 300,000 Watt generator
was purchased and installed. In November, the ship and station were
licensed and registered in Belize. It left Boston Harbour heading
towards Charleston for repainting. The ship underwent further
refitting at the Halsey and Cannon boat yard on the Wando
Planned offshore radio station: Any station name is not known. On
18th January1994, after driving around Charleston in an undercover
truck, the FCC claimed to have located the source of an illegal
broadcast. A court order was obtained claiming the source of the
broadcasts was the MV Fury. One day later US Coast guards and FCC
agents boarded the MV Fury and seized the ship, claiming it to be
an unlicensed pirate radio ship.
Planned location: International waters off Long Island (?)
Ship details: The one hundred and three foot tall aerial mast was
installed in September 1986. During spring 1987 a 5,000 pound
surplus battleship anchor was purchased. In May the Sarah was
reportedly registered in Honduras, but was in fact registered in
the US state of Maine. 20th July 1987: With the help of an offshore
supply vessel the Sarah was taken via Cape Cod canal to her
anchorage, about four and a half miles off Long Island, New York.
On board at the time were John M. Calabro, Pete Cipriano, Ivan
Rothstein, Randi Steele (Operations Manager) and Allan H. Weiner.
After twelve hours the Sarah was 3.5 miles off Long Island and the
5,000 pound anchor was dropped. On 28th July, the United States
Coast guard and the FCC mounted a joint venture against Radio New
York International. 05:30 the coast guard cutter Cape Horn was
along side the Sarah and members of the coast guard illegally board
the Sarah. FCC field agent Judah Masbach boarded the Sarah at gun
point. Allan Weiner, Ivan Rothstein and a press reporter from the
"Village Voice" newspaper were handcuffed and left in the sun for
six hours while the studio and transmitters were dismantled. During
the following months, the Sarah has undergone extensive refitting
in Boston harbour.
On 16th July 1988, the Sarah attempted to leave harbour, but was
prevented by the coast guard. A Port order was served against the
ship. Four days later, the Sarah left Boston harbour, just after
midnight the ship anchored four miles off Long Beach, Long Island,
New York. On 17th October the FCC asked district Judge John J Mc
Nought to issue a temporary restraining order forbidding broadcasts
to be made. 22:00 US officials on board a coast guard cutter
attempted to serve the restraining order, permission to board the
Sarah was refused. In December the Sarah was taken to Charleston,
where she stayed for a long time.
Offshore radio station: Radio New York International from 23rd to
28th July 1987 and from 15th to 18th (?) October 1988
Location: International waters off Long Island, New York (USA)
Ships details: A 88 foot former ocean going tug which has been
reinforced to withstand ice. The ship was built by Bath Iron Works
Inc. in Maine during 1922, and served at Cape Lookout Shoals.
During World War 2, the ship served at Portsmouth VA. In 1968 the
ship was decommissioned.
In 1995, Allan Weiner purchased the 750 ton, 133 foot 4 inch long
30 foot 6 inch wide ex US light ship Winter Quarter. The vessel was
re-named Electra in honour of the radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi.
The project was being handled by Lightwave Mission Broadcasting and
Becker Broadcast systems. In July 1997 Allan Weiner said the
Electra was in a ship yard in Boston, USA being converted into a
radio ship and would be ready to sail by the end of summer. In
September of that year the MV Electra was fully fitted out, but the
project didn't go through. In December 1999, Glenn Hauser announced
that the MV Electra whose destination was St. Kitts, just had sunk
in Rhode Island waters.
Planned offshore radio station: Yesterday USA. Lightwave Mission
Broadcasting had announced that the ship should be licensed to the
host countries, which would offer protection from the FCC or other
authorities. It was added that there were negotiations with
broadcast authorities in the Caribbean, France and Israel.
Planned location: International waters off the the Caribbean