Today we will continue to expound upon the texts we began to review yesterday, because they contain proof that 'The Radio Caroline bible' was compiled by someone who had no idea of what the real story was and is behind the 1964 birth of 'Radio Caroline'. By publishing his expropriated texts, Paul Rusling walked into our trap where he laid bare his theft, but because he did not know the rest of the story, he sold his gullible readers a total contradiction!
Here's the proof:
First of all let us go all the way back to March 2014 when we began a new phase of our ongoing research. In that February we wrote a Precursory Timeline for the Pirate Radio Hall of Fame - which was published the following month. At that time we had full intention of finishing a book about the origins of offshore radio, and then publishing it the following year! That was almost 7 years ago! This is where we first introduced the person of Frank Maher to offshore radio readers.
We do not know of any other source mentioning the person of Frank Maher in this context, other than The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame. But notice what Paul Rusling did with this information: He claims that "Frank Maher remembers .... that there was considerable official interest shown in the vessel after reports in local Galveston newspapers."
But the original item above in the PRHoF does not say that Frank Maher remembers anything at all. In fact, there was one newspaper in Galveston, and there was another in Houston which did become interested enough to write a feature that suggested a possible CIA past involvement. But it was our own research which resulted in contact with a Texas web site that specialized in the history of Houston station KILT, where someone recalled that it was Frank Maher who supervised the loading of equipment back on to the mv Mi Amigo. Maher worked under the management of Bill Weaver who was ultimately responsible for everything to do with that ship.
This reveals how little Paul Rusling knows about the entire subject regarding the ship Mi Amigo prior to 1964, but this ship is directly tied to the subject matter of Bill Weaver's book 'Triple Double Cross'. The Mi Amigo is also tied to the history of the radio ship mv Olga Patricia, because both of them are connected to the secret activities of U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He is the person who requested use of the ship Mi Amigo. His request went down the line to the Texas trio who owned it, and they in turn told Bill Weaver to bring it to Texas. But there was a problem.
The Cuban Missile Crisis and resulting embargo by the U.S. Navy beginning in the latter part of 1962 made it impossible to bring the Mi Amigo across the Atlantic at that time. Once the sea lanes were cleared Bill Weaver brought the ship over. That was its first trans-Atlantic crossing.
But the history of the Mi Amigo was being clouded back in 1964 when the second official 'Radio Caroline' booklet was published. According to its text (shown left), that ship made 4 trans-Atlantic crossings in 1963, but that would have been impossible since it was obtained in Europe and stayed in Europe until it was taken to Galveston where it arrived in March 1963, and that is where it remained until the last few days of December that year. Then it returned to Europe. That is a total of 2 trans-Atlantic crossings.
Although we began an academic series of articles in 2000, it was not until 2014 that we began to dig deeper, and after encountering the mystery of the book called 'Radio Man', we began to dig deeper still. It was then that we not only uncovered a hidden history, but we also ran into resistance from many who were merrily publishing vanity books about themselves and offshore radio.
These vanity publishers were repeating nonsense; lies; distortions and involuntarily assisting in a major cover-up of the real story. That is what we are now revealing bit-by-bit in this Blog, with the full intention of ultimately producing the promised volume, with or without help from other people.
It was in seeking assistance from others that we made contact with Paul Rusling (among many), but Rusling it turned out, only wanted to help himself and produce yet another worthless vanity book, to make money for himself. That is how he was able to steal our research and then twist it to create a book of contradictions, distortions and absolute fabrications!
Here is the trap that Rusling walked into:
Rusling failed to see what he had done by publishing the line about "two new units from the same manufacturer" being loaded on board the mv Mi Amigo in December 1963. He did not take time to ask what were these 2 new units for, or who loaded them on board the Mi Amigo for their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean? The only explanation for him to even know about Sun Cay, is because we told him! But even then, Rusling does not say that these 2 new transmitters were unloaded at Sun Cay, or offer any other explanation regarding their ultimate destination: In his texts these 2 new transmitters just vanish from view.
We know that when the mv Mi Amigo reached El Ferrol after almost sinking in the Atlantic Ocean, no move was made to retrieve the "2 new units". Why? Because they were no longer on board!
So what happened to them?
For this we need a quick lesson in geography with the help of some graphics:
This scenario causes a severe problem for Paul Rusling!
There are some questions that remain unanswered about the actual voyage of the Mi Amigo during the Winter of 1964, because some texts do not chart a direct course to El Ferrol from Sun Cay. In fact, those same texts do not even mention Sun Cay, or its ties to Clint Murchison. We learned long ago that the Mi Amigo left Galveston for the Bahamas, and not for Europe, but at the time we did not know where in the Bahamas it was headed.
The texts about the voyage of the Mi Amigo are somewhat ambiguous, because they chart a course across the Atlantic towards the coastline of Africa, and then turning in a northerly direction towards Spain. Because the ship apparently suffered damage and almost sank during that crossing, we have speculated that it might have put into port at an island for emergency repairs. It did arrive at El Ferrol, Spain later than originally expected. That information is supported by other texts.
Knowing that the voyage across the Atlantic would be dangerous for the Mi Amigo during Winter storms, it would have made sense to only have carried a cargo lashed to its top deck for as short a distance as possible after leaving Galveston. It then passed though the relatively shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and then into the Caribbean Sea, before unloading its cargo at Sun Cay. The question then arises as to what happened to the 2 transmitters after they were unloaded at Sun Cay?
We know that Wijsmuller had control of the mv Fredericia which they had taken to Rotterdam, and where it stayed for about as long as it would later remain at Greenore, Ireland. We also know that Wijsmuller had a history of involvement with the offshore natural gas and oil industry in Texas and Venezuela, and so it would make sense if Wijsmuller had one of its ships standing by at Sun Cay ready to receive the 2 new transmitters - which they would then take to Rotterdam for installation on board the mv Fredericia. The Wijsmuller ships were designed to meet the worst of weather conditions, but the little Mi Amigo had originally been designed for much calmer and protected waters.
All of this is a hypothesis for which we have no documentation. But neither does Paul Rusling when he claims that 2 new transmitters were loaded on board the Mi Amigo at Galveston. He got his information from us. However, what we have explained to you in detail as being a working hypothesis, Paul Rusling has stated as fact, and for him, that creates a total contradiction in his own fake story about the history of 'Radio Caroline'!
Here is the conundrum that Paul Rusling has created for himself. It is a trap into which he walked not realizing that he was about to box himself into a situation from which his lack of credibility would be exposed for all to read! The problem for Rusling is that he has clung on to the fraudulent story about 'Jimmy' who he relates to the father of Ian Cowper Ross. The only reason for that fake story is to try to convince everyone that 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline' were two separate and independent projects, when in fact they were two parts of the same project run by the same company: Project Atlanta Limited.
Here is the unanswered question that Paul Rusling created for himself: If 2 new transmitters were loaded on to the Mi Amigo as cargo during the closing days of 1963, who ordered and who paid for that cargo? Remember, the only appearance of any entity tied specifically to 'Radio Caroline' was not even registered until late February 1964, in Ireland, and that was Planet Productions Limited. But we are referring to an event that took place in December 1963!
The 2 new transmitters could not have been loaded as cargo on board the Mi Amigo without permission, so who gave that permission? The Mi Amigo was under charter to an entity with a contract to Project Atlanta Limited. So this was no 'secret cargo', and if it was not a secret, then why pretend that 'Atlanta' and 'Caroline' were two separate and rival ventures?
What was the reason for bringing in a kid like Ian Cowper Ross, or for that matter a club DJ named Chris Moore? Ronan O'Rahilly was a different matter. He was the link to his father and the derelict Port at Greenore which came into play because of the last minute diversion from the Isle of Wight. That original location made more sense because the company that was commissioned to rig the antennas was located there, and its facility on the Isle of Wight was not far from Rotterdam where the 'Fredericia' was tied up at dockside.
However, at that time there were many people attached to the UK government keeping tabs on both Weaver and his ship called Mi Amigo. But it seems that at this stage they were unaware of the 'Fredericia' and its ties to Weaver's business associates. This is why Ronan O'Rahilly became a useful 'decoy duck', and why Ian Cowper Ross was hired to assist him with scripts in order to create a diversion away from the real story: "Don't look there - look over here"!
There were two parts to this one venture and both of them had only one operating company: Project Atlanta Limited. Rusling can't have it both ways. He tries to cling on to the latter-day myth about 'Jimmy Ross' so that he could claim that there were two rival operations going on, and one of them was a secret. But clearly there never was a rivalry between the 'Radio Caroline' operation and the 'Radio Atlanta' operation. That is not to say that a lot of people were not being misled about what was really going on! They were, and to a limited extent this included Allan James Crawford.
Crawford became a pawn in a much larger game, but Crawford eventually learned some of the truth the hard way, and that was when the big movers and shakers moved on to his board of directors controlling Project Atlanta Limited! When that company was registered in August 1963, it had only a couple of people on its board, and it is true, Crawford had begun scrounging around for investors.
Then a blue-ribbon; gold-star bevy of people were added to that same board, including Jimmy Deterding, grandson of the founder of the Shell Oil conglomerate! These people were heavy-hitters in for big money. They were not in some game to make a few coins from spinning cover-records at sea benefiting an independent series of record labels controlled by Allan James Crawford!
Unless Crawford was totally thick, he had to know what was going on. The one person who did not get the 'plot', was Oliver Smedley. He seems to have been kept in the dark, and that led to him making some terrible decisions that led to the death of Reg Calvert.
Rusling pretends that while the 'Radio Atlanta' operation was managed by professionals, the 'Radio Caroline' operation was run by kids with pocketful's of cash! That is what Rusling wrote, because that is what Ian Cowper Ross had written in his absurd book called 'Rocking the Boat'.
That scenario is plainly ridiculous and it is not supported by any facts in evidence, and by incorporating our hypothesis about those 2 new Continental Electronics transmitters, Paul Alexander Rusling has, in effect, jammed himself up against the wall marked 'contradictions'!
There was only one project company, and that company was Project Atlanta Limited.
[This text was expanded in scope and details on 2/24/2021. Please let us know if you spot typographical errors and we will correct them as soon as they are brought to our attention.]