Something that the trolls and anoraks and sloppy historians fail to take notice of is the fact that the mv Fredericia was in Rotterdam for a longer period of time than it was at Greenore.
What took place at Rotterdam after the ship was taken there by Wijsmuller?
For a long time no one seemed to know where the information came from about the mv Fredericia being bought by Cross Channel Container Services Limited, or why there is a note of a name change to Iseult, which seems to be fleeting.
We contacted a lot of the leading authorities who have taken an interest in this ship, and we finally tracked down the source to an encyclopedia published by DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs Selskab which translates as The United Steamship Company). See the spine illustration above in the masthead. It also shows the ship before it was converted into the home of a floating radio station.
So who owned Cross Channel Container Services Limited, and when was it registered. The DFDS listing shows Ronan O'Rahilly was the owner, but that information came from the kind of handout misinformation that found its way into 'Lloyd's Registry of Shipping', which we discovered is a most unreliable source of information - because Lloyd's did not perform their own research: they just accepted handouts from self-identified ship owners!
We don't accept anything just because someone else says that it is true.
Quite often claims made are either a downright lie, or there is a modicum of truth surrounded by an avalanche of untruth!
In forthcoming editions we will not only peel back Cross Channel Container Services Limited, but we will also reveal the best account of the life of Ronan O'Rahilly that is available to explain a reason why he showed up in London. He said that he wanted to escape from his father's business, but did he? Was he in London to try to assist his father's business?
We will review his real motives and what he was really up to.
Oh, yes, Ronan had a motive for arriving in London and it had nothing to do with music or offshore radio!
In the next edition we will wrap up our current theme called 'Sabotage from Dundalk', and that we will do it with the account of George Saunders.
It will be another lengthy edition, which is why we postponed it today!
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