Forget the trio of 'useful idiots' who spread fanciful silly stories to the media which they picked-up and presented as 'news'. It is not Ronan O'Rahilly, Ian Cowper Ross and Christopher Moore who are keys to understanding how and why Radio Caroline came on the air in 1964, the person you should know about is this man: James Deterding.
Who is James Deterding? He is the grandson of the man looking down on him from a portrait hanging on his wall.
His name is Sir Henri Deterding.
In 1913, Henri Deterding commissioned the building of Kelling Hall in Norfolk. Originally it occupied 1,600 acres, and Kelling Hall became home of Henri's son, and then his grandson James.
His grandfather was the primary mover and shaker behind the creation of Royal Dutch Shell, and after becoming an ardent supporter of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party, Henri helped to fuel those German tanks that raced across occupied Nazi Europe, and those German planes that bombed the British Isles.
The story of oil is not only the story behind the militaristic rise of the Nazi Party, but it is also the backbone to the story about World War II.
James Deterding climbed onto the board of directors of Project Atlanta Limited after it had been formed, and contrary to all of the nonsense spun by people like Paul Rusling in his 'Radio Caroline Bible', it was from Project Atlanta Limited that both Radio Atlanta and Radio Caroline were born.
But why was James Deterding on the board of directors that controlled two 'pirate' radio stations?
To find the answer to that question you have to find the story behind the rush to exploit North Sea oil and natural gas. All of the other issues are sidebar issues. This is why we were stopped dead in our tracks back in 2014 after reading the book 'Radio Man' concerning the involvement in Radio Caroline by Charles Orr Stanley and his son John, both of whom managed the Pye Group of companies.
We also researched Jocelyn Stevens and all of his printing and publishing associates, but the key to the entire offshore broadcasting story of the Nineteen Sixties was the search for and development of North Sea oil and natural gas. Now we are talking about real money; serious money; big money relating to substances that make modern life possible.
Oil doesn't just fuel engines, it also has derivates that allow for the manufacture of many products used by humanity in everyday life. See our previous Blog entry at: https://www.yesternoir.org/caroline-brooks-blog/in-the-beginning-there-was-oil