Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, William Lee, who shares this item from ABC News:
Radio Caroline: Golden age of British pirate radio remembered, 50 years on
They were the pirates of the open seas — bringing rock and pop music to a new generation.
And the British government was furious.
Back in the 1960s, when pop and rock were taking over the music scene, British teenagers had to turn to pirate radio stations to hear bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Barred from broadcasting from land, stations such as Radio Caroline and Radio London had taken to the water, using rusty old ships moored in international waters to broadcast to millions of eager listeners across the UK.
The government wasn’t happy and 50 years ago, on August 14 1967, the Marine Offences Act made it illegal to support the ships or broadcast from them.[…]
William note that this story can be found on multiple news sources, but the ABC has more photos.
Other sources include:
Many thanks for the tips, William! Like many Post readers, I do love Radio Caroline!