We begin by returning to Rusling's page 56, because that is where he ultimately shoots himself in the foot! How? By claiming that when the mv Mi Amigo left Galveston Island during the closing hours of 1963, the ship had two refurbished Continental Electronics transmitters on board, plus two new units from the same manufacturer!
By making that claim, Paul Rusling acknowledged the source of his new information:
We are his source!
This information began with us, and it originated as a result of an analysis of known facts, and a very controversial working hypothesis. There is no hard evidence that we know of at this moment to support our claim that the Mi Amigo carried 4 transmitters on board when it left Galveston Island: two used and two new.
The evidence is circumstantial. But remember, in many cases brought to trial the evidence is circumstantial. Seldom is someone "caught in the act" by the police who can swear by first-hand testimony that their evidence is 100% true. Usually someone swears to "the best of their knowledge" that something is true. That is where we are with this information. It offers the most likely explanation, and that was and still is our hypothesis, which is the same one that Rusling claimed as his own work. That is another dishonest claim made by Paul Alexander Rusling.
We began working backwards from what we knew for a fact from other reliable and proven sources. This resulted in a lot of email correspondence with many people in which we floated our hypothesis (no one had ever suggested it before we did), that there was a problem with the accepted storyline about the outfitting of the mv Fredericia which became the mv Caroline.
For instance, we knew that when the Fredericia arrived at Greenore, it was already equipped with two new Continental Electronics transmitters, and a generator to power them. We also knew that this ship spent as long in Rotterdam with Wijsmuller, as it did after it arrived at Greenore. We knew the dates and therefore the timelines involved.
We also knew that the Mi Amigo left Galveston Island for the Bahamas, and we were given this information while in Houston back in the 1970s. Only much later did we discover where in the Bahamas the ship went to before crossing the Atlantic for Spain.
The question in our minds was: How did two new Continental Electronics transmitters made in Dallas, Texas, get on board the mv Fredericia at Rotterdam, Holland? We also wanted to know how the two refurbished Continental Electronics transmitters got on board the Mi Amigo at Galveston. There was a timeline problem.
We had access to the Continental Electronics factory worksheet, and we knew that on December 11, 1963 the original transmitters were still at the factory in Dallas, and we knew that they were reinstalled on the Mi Amigo together with a new generator on December 21, 1963, and that the ship left the Port of Galveston on December 29, 1963. We also knew that after it arrived in Galveston during March 1963, it was stripped of all broadcasting equipment and some of it was recycled for use by other McLendon stations. So some of the equipment put back on board the Mi Amigo was new, and not the same as the equipment that had been taken off the ship.
We knew who supervised the work of unloading and reloading this equipment, because we knew that Bill Weaver of KILT in Houston was ultimately responsible for the entire project. So we made a lot of enquiries and came up with the name of Frank Maher. This part is not a secret because we wrote about that for the 'Pirate Radio Hall of Fame' long ago, and due to new information, we need to update it. (Click the link.)
When we tracked the Mi Amigo's journey to Europe, we did so through a variety of means and sources, including the destination to which the Mi Amigo was first headed, after leaving Galveston. We also knew the limited ability of the Mi Amigo to carry excess bulky cargo, as well as the sea weather conditions for December into January. It all left very little in the way of options for delivering two new transmitters to Rotterdam for installation on board the Fredericia. In the end we narrowed it down to one option only.
The waters of the Gulf of Mexico which surround Galveston Island, and which flow into the Caribbean Sea connecting to the Bahamian archipelago, offer a little more protection than the violent waves encountered from then onwards across the Atlantic Ocean on a voyage to Europe. But even so, this was no joy ride, and it has been widely reported that when the Mi Amigo did enter the Atlantic Ocean, it "almost sank" due to Winter storms.
So we reasoned, if we were faced with this problem, what would we do? The answer seemed to be reinstalling the two refurbished transmitters on the Mi Amigo in their original locations, and then, before the factory released the two new transmitters, stripping anything fragile from their cabinets, and then delicately sealing and packing those parts for storage below the top deck. Carefully wrapped and sealed to protect against water damage, the two cabinets could be temporarily stored on the upper deck for the journey from Galveston to the Bahamas.
This seems to be the only logical answer to this situation given all of the other limitations on alternative explanations. Our scenario is that at Sun Cay in the Bahamas which was owned by Clint Murchison, he had an airstrip; a house and he also had a dock. So the Mi Amigo arrived at Sun Cay and transferred its top deck cargo with its stored parts below deck, onto a waiting Wijsmuller vessel. That ship then went on to Rotterdam, where another transfer was made to the Fredericia. The Mi Amigo went on to El Ferrol in Spain.
So that is what we came up with, and in general terms, that is also what Paul Alexander Rusling has in fact reprinted in his 'bible'. But for him, this acceptance of our hypothesis creates a major problem which he then tries to skip over. In doing so he hopes that his readers do not notice the anomaly in his own storyline.
Rusling wants to maintain the myth that 'Radio Atlanta' and 'Radio Caroline' were rival projects by rival backers, when in fact they were part of one project financed by the same people. But how could Rusling tell readers on the one hand that the 'Radio Caroline' transmitters had been carried on board the Mi Amigo, before either ship ever docked at Greenore, or for that matter, before anyone ever admitted to the existence of the 'Radio Caroline' project? If you carefully read all of the accounts given by Allan James Crawford about what he knew beforehand about the 'Radio Caroline' project, you will discover that it has been difficult to pin him down due to variations by him in responding to questions about his version of the story.
But of course Allan James Crawford was not running the show and neither was Jocelyn Stevens. As for Ronan O'Rahilly, he was a mere 'decoy duck': a 'useful fool' employed to serve the project by misleading the UK government; the press and the public. Behind it all was an impressive blue-ribbon panel of directors. Oliver Smedley was not in their league at all. He was another bit player added for decoration, who later on would go rogue and cause his own kind of havoc by killing Reg Calvert. Kitty Black is another person who had a lot to hide, because in this venture, no one was telling the truth, and everyone was operating with limited knowledge under a military-style "need-to-know".
We will have a lot more to say about the true financial structure later on, including a video about 'Mister Big', who Jocelyn Stevens claimed did not exist! But it was because of the lies and misdirection that the mythology about a "Jimmy", was born. However, until recently we did not know who "Mister Big" was, and so Paul Alexander Rusling could not steal from us what we ourselves did not know at the time of his theft!
But now we do. So we can now explain why Paul Rusling not only stole intellectual property from us, but why he stole from every single buyer of his fake 'bible' in order to prop-up another myth that the original 'Radio Caroline' which began in 1964, continues on the airwaves today.
It does not.
It was killed-off by UK government legislation on August 14, 1967.
What is on the UK licensed airwaves today, is a totally new and unrelated venture called 'Radio Caroline'. It began in recent times with an auto mechanic who uses a fake personal identity and operates in the London area. He is the end-user beneficiary of the mythological tales which have been woven together in a so-called 'bible' sold by Paul Alexander Rusling.
But the people who paid money to support this fake story believing it to be true, are the real victims. We have recently been asked by a reader of this Blog why do we care what Rusling has written? The answer is very basic:
We take pride in telling the truth regarding this investigation which we have financed at cost to ourselves. Therefore we are also attempting to undo and negate some of the intellectual damage that Paul Alexander Rusling has caused by taking our paid-for research and then twisting it to support what amounts to a confidence trick on listeners today. That is why we care.
Our investigation continues here ....
In tomorrow's Blog, because the text in this montage of pages is too small to read comfortably, we will also add enlargements at appropriate moments, along with notes explaining the reason for our numbered references.