This was my first view of the
Ross Revenge - August 1995. Although I had been a long-term listener, I had
never been near the ship. It was an unrepeatable experience, for on this
occasion she was moored about one mile offshore from Clacton during a one-month
The sea was a little choppy, although nothing like that
which must have been experienced in the Knock Deep, enough to make boarding an
interesting experience. The ship itself was hardly moving - the concrete in the
fish holds put there to compensate for the original massive aerial ensured
A close-up view of the fore-end of the ship
distorts the perspective and makes the ship look enormous.
At this time,
repainting had clearly only been carried out on the parts of the hull easily
reached! The remainder had to wait a few years but now matches the rest.
Notice how the tide has caused the anchor chain to twist on itself as the ship
revolves with it. It is generally thought this was the cause of the final
failure of the anchor chain that led to the ship running aground on the Goodwin
Sands in 1991.
In contrast, the Ross Revenge is dwarfed by the
tall office buildings in London's Docklands, where she was moored for another
one-month broadcast during October and November 1995. Had the 300 foot mast
still been there, things might have looked a little different! For this
broadcast, a micro-wave link to a mast on Shooters Hill was used.
remained here for a while after the broadcast, but in February 1996 she was
towed from here to a new location. Within days, a terrorist explosion ripped
through the area. A close shave indeed.
More recently, the
ship has been moored off Queenborough (Isle of Sheppey) and a number of
broadcasts have been made from the harbour. This photograph was taken during
the August 1997 broadcast which finished without the usual celebration, as it
was also the day of the announcement of the death of Diana, Princess of