In 1964 a brochure was issued in the name of the original Radio Caroline on board the mv Caroline (ex-Iseult; ex-Fredericia), which claimed to explain who built the radio station on board that ship.
Then a second brochure was issued once Radio Atlanta changed its name to Radio Caroline South and the original station became Radio Caroline North. It repeated the same story about the same person who it claimed had installed a radio station on board the original ship.
In 1965, this book appeared, and it continued with the same storyline about about a person named Arthur Carrington. He was credited with achievements that included equipping the mv Caroline.
In book after book that followed, the same information has been repeated about the engineering side of Radio Caroline and its "Installer-in-Chief" named Arthur Carrington.
Notice that credit for installing equipment on the southern ship which had been Radio Atlanta, was heaped upon A. N. Thomas, who our own investigation has revealed as being Alfred Nicholas Thomas.
The problem with the second claim is that this ship came fully equipped from Texas, albeit sans radio mast and antenna, and it was under the direction of a U.S. engineer named Milan Leggett.
The new radio masts for both ships were built by Isle of Man rigger Harry Spencer, and both antennas were designed by John Howard Gilman.
In 1959, Alfred N. Thomas retired after a career in BBC Engineering, and he then began employment with the Pye Group of Companies. Gilman had also been with the BBC, and after he retired, he began reporting to A. N. Thomas. But what about Arthur Carrington?
Arthur Carrington had a career with the Marconi company, and his specialty was television cameras: he sold them at trade shows to government institutions. But Radio Caroline was not a television station and it did not require television cameras. However, years before the advent of Radio Caroline, Carrington did come into contact with A. N. Thomas via an early BBC television aerial experiment. But again, this was not background information that was of any use in equipping an offshore radio station.
So why the mystery?
Why credit Alfred Thomas with work on the Mi Amigo (the south ship), when it was actually under the supervision of Milan Leggett? He was a Texan employee connected to the companies controlled by the McLendon family in Dallas which owned the mv Mi Amigo.
Why credit the installation of the north ship (Caroline), to Arthur Carrington whose specialty was in selling television cameras and overseeing their installation in television studios, when Radio Caroline was obviously not a television station?
The answer is very plain:
A myth was being created to convince the public that these two radio ships were rival ventures and not two parts of the same venture.
In order to promote that deceit it was necessary to have two different people in charge of two different ventures. But as you will soon come to understand, what the writers of all of the newspaper, magazine and book accounts, as well as the radio and television scriptwriters all failed to comprehend, was that the entire story as promoted by Radio Caroline was one gigantic hoax. It was a lie that was soon embellished with more lies about the origin of the financing of both stations in order to give the false impression that they were also financed by different means.
The engineering team for the entire venture was under the control of Alfred Nicholas Thomas, and among his initial team was John Howard Gilman and Arthur Carrington. In turn, Thomas was reporting to Charles Orr Stanley and his son John who were managing the Pye Group of companies. But for financial reasons connected to UK government contracts, the Pye Group could not be seen to be playing both sides of a broadcasting debate that came to be known as the Pilkington Report. In fact, to distance themselves from Radio Caroline, they even complained in the press about this upstart 'pirate' radio station, when this upstart 'pirate' radio station was their creation!
Fans might have been fooled, but the UK government and the Director General of the BBC always knew the true story, even though they could not prove it!
It was for this very purpose of total deceit that the top layer of a 'decoy duck' was then employed in the form of a young Irishman named Ronan O'Rahilly. He was given a completely bogus CV, just like Arthur Carrington.
To make the lies work there always had to be an element of truth attached to them, but just like O'Rahilly's bogus claims to fame, it was accomplishment by taking real events that were in fact attributable to other people, and then attaching them to bogus CVs of O'Rahilly and Carrington.
It was a fraud indeed!
Lies upon lies were piled on to these fables which can only be pulled apart in the same way in which they were constructed, and that is by exposing one lie at a time.
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