Somehow overlooked in our previous editorials on this same subject, is the fact that the replacement date for the THV Satellite is given as May 1, 1961. That replacement vessel was the THV Stella, and it was built at East Cowes, along with many other Trinity House ships. This date is extremely important in the chronology to the spin-off of the Radio Caroline project!
Allan James Crawford's first radio ship is identified by Jack Kotschack in his book originally written in the Swedish language, and then both redacted and translated into the English language by Paul Harris, the ship was to be rename 'SS Atlanta'. That vessel was a steam ship (SS) like the THV Satellite. However, there is some documentation, which we are currently investigating which shows that Crawford intended to rename the vessel SS Atalanta, and that the original name for his station might have been Radio Atalanta. It was possibly after Crawford met Bill Weaver in London during late 1962 that "Atalanta" became "Atlanta", which was after John Delaney had removed his financial support for the mortgage on the THV Satellite.
Now if its replacement was not even launched until May 1, 1961, it means that the THV Satellite was still in service. Allan James Crawford came to the attention of British authorities when they noticed that he held a ship's mortgage on the former THV Satellite which was docked at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. But they discovered this late in the day when Crawford had already abandoned his intention of using the THV Satellite. So, because it was no longer topical and relevant information, it was not followed-up by the government investigators.
It also means that since the ex-THV Satellite was Crawford's original radio ship, he could not have begun his venture before May 1, 1961, and allowing time to locate the vessel and get a ship's mortgage - in his own name - it probably pushes the start-date of Radio Atlanta back towards the end of 1961, or even the beginning of 1962 - which is the year before (1963) when Crawford said that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly! (He is on film stating this, see the video at http://radiocaroline.info
This means that the events that took place after May 1, 1961 to the beginning of 1962, the year before Crawford says that he first met Ronan O'Rahilly, can now be reexamined in microscopic detail to see how the pieces of the puzzle go together with the episode involving John Delaney. These events are important because Radio Nord on board the ship that became Mi Amigo, did not close down until June 30, 1962, so Crawford could not have used that vessel at any time before that date.
Later we will do the same thing with the lives of Ronan O'Rahilly; Ian Cowper Ross and Christopher Moore who are all on that first Granada TV film that caused so much trouble in Greenore for Aodogán O'Rahilly and Weatherwell Ltd. That company was headquartered near Dublin in the general location of Aodogán's home.
No one have ever created a timeline such as the one we are now building in microscopic detail. People like Paul Rusling try to gloss over it completely, and the Offshore Radio Museum is just a fantasyland of misinformation about this subject.
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