Hi again David.
I have been out in the windy and icy raindrops falling
on Falkirk and its environs, hence my absence with a quick response.
Thanks for the confirmation of where the paper trail seems to end at the
moment. I can see that we both have a vested interest in finding the
true history of this vessel:
I have just taken a look at your Chapter 36 - http://cormorantlightship.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/lightship-cormorant-lady-dixon-chapter_6.html
- about GBOK, and the most reliable source of information about the use
of ships as broadcasting vessels to and anchored off the coast of the
British Isles is Chris Edwards and his digest-sized magazine of
longstanding called 'Offshore Echos' - http://www.offshoreechos.com/
and for information about people connected with offshore radio I would
recommend for reliability and authenticity Jon Myer's 'Pirate Radio Hall
of Fame' - http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/ I cannot make such claims about other sources of similar information.
Chris and Jon are on a contributing email list which I am maintaining,
and which is also sent to a number of other people who share similar
interests in the same subject matter. Chris has personally investigated
the records at Kew on many occasions, and he wants to know whether you
have seen the Kew archives relating to GBOK and its sister project
'Voice of Slough'? We would be happy to share this information with you
if it is of any assistance.
Our interest is in ships and marine
structures from the standpoint of offshore broadcasting. My specific
line of research at the present moment is on the years from about 1959
to about 1969.
We are wrestling with a somewhat large cast of
characters about whom many myths and outright deceptions have been
manufactured and retold by 'mainstream media'. This list includes Allan
Crawford (Australian); John Thompson (British-Canadian), and Arnold
Swanson (Canadian). Some of the technical data published at the time is
semi-factual, much of the chronology of events is entirely bogus.
are several reasons why this story is so obfuscated, and some
explanations can be listed as a need for secrecy; some criminal and some
political. These events happened so long ago that it is difficult to
establish the truth about them. In a later phase (1963) my own interest
was seized upon when a friend in another country received a declassified
CIA document that revealed a very complex geo-political involvement
with the offshore stations that finally came on the air between 1964 and
1968 with broadcasts directed towards the United Kingdom. They might
have been called 'pop' stations but their real background story is
anything but fizz.
Lady Dixon research has come about as a result
of accepting nothing at face value and going back to the origins of
this story in order to discover what really happened, and not what we
were all led to believe.
I realize that this is somewhat off your
own twin tracks of interest in cars and ships, but perhaps there is
enough of a common thread that we can assist each other in discovering
the true pedigree of the Lady Dixon?
Thanks for that background and of course I would welcome any titbits
related to Lady Dixon and any guidance to keep me away from untruths and
Chinese whispers. I will follow up
on Chris Edwards and Jon Myers and of course I will let you have
anything I find on the 1960s era. If I had your e-mail address I could
send you everything I have so far - for you to pick through.
have been in contact with Kew, but not reference the ship post 1960. I
currently trying to establish contact with a researcher there who I met
at a car meet. No response so far.