The myth about the origins of the name 'Radio Caroline' did not begin until after March 1965, but the myth about the origins of the money to fund 'Radio Caroline' did not begin until 1990!
It was in 1990 when Ian Cowper Ross wrote his novel and that is when he recited a tale about driving to Hindhead to see his father who made it possible for Ronan O'Rahilly to get a suitcase full of cash. Then, like sheep in a pen, a flock of anoraks streamed in with vanity publications to republish what Ross had claimed as fiction, is fact.
So come on anoraks, when can you PROVE that the name 'Caroline' was first painted on the ship formally known as 'Fredericia'? By when, we mean MONTH and YEAR. Give us a date supported by proof from an independent source that first published this information.
The explanation why this name was chosen gave rise to a hoax that began in New York during 1965, and the reason was two-fold: One was to obscure the original reason for this name that had absolutely nothing to do with Ronan O'Rahilly, and the second reason was that after October 15, 1964, the original plans for 'Radio Caroline' had collapsed and its original participants were running for cover under an alternative explanation.
Anoraks, give us an alternative story to the 1990 fiction spun by Ross. Surely with all of the books you have published you must be able to explain by now where the money came from - without quoting Ian Cowper Ross. The one clipping so far cited naming John Sheffield and 'Jimmy Ross' won't do. It does not explain anything.
Ian Cowper Ross does in his 1990 novel.
He says that Ronan O'Rahilly had some papers given to him by Crawford which he showed to his father and yet, there is absolutely no mention of Ian's father having anything to do with this venture. The name of Ian's father was not 'Jimmy' but Charles, and Charles Edward Ross had a long career as a director of a dry-cleaning business.
Furthermore, his step-brother was successful in running a show biz career with a partner, and they also ran a restaurant and a car wash business on King's Road. Ian was a wastrel according to his own account and Ian says that his real father had no respect for the life Ian was leading!
So tell us all, when did the name 'Caroline' originally get painted on the ship once known as 'Fredericia'? Show us the proof that will stand up in court as evidence. It has to be something that existed when 'Radio Caroline' left Greenore for the Essex coast in March 1964. Then tell us all about the money to fund 'Radio Caroline', and that too must be information that existed prior to the purchase of the ship once known as mv 'Fredericia'.
It is time for anorak vanity self-publishers like Ray Clark, Paul Rusling and all the rest to put their cards on the table, if they have any, and we say that they do not!
The reason for this challenge is because we will be soon revealing to everyone what the real story is behind the mythology of 'Radio Caroline'.
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