The march of health and safety and today's litigation culture, mean that we could not offer access to Ross Revenge without having comprehensive insurance.
The ship was surveyed in May 2015 to see what improvements were needed. We were given a mighty list of work to do and items to obtain.
As ever, all the work was carried out by volunteers who bought their own food and often their own materials. It is difficult to thank everyone, but we mention Peter Clayton and his team, Alan Beech and his team and George Johnson for his work on our electrical systems. We also thank the kind people who offered fire and first aid training at no cost and who provided valuable items free of charge.
In spite of these advantages, the work took 16 months and cost a giddy fortune and the more we did, the more we were required to do. When a second survey in August found the ship to be in fit condition, our Insurance Premiums went up on the basis of the more visitors we have, the more we pay.
The tender we use for trips to visit Ross Revenge from West Mersea is Razorbill 3. The boat is fully licensed and insured with a fully qualified skipper.
We offer two types of trips, those during a live Radio Caroline North broadcast from the ship and those when there is no broadcast. Both tours of the ship last approx one-and-a-half hours and the journey time between West Mersea and the ship is approx 20/30 mins.
The ship is broadcasting and the DJs are resident on board. After a welcome cuppa and introduction, the group is split into two and the tours are taken by two of the weekend's resident DJs, most of whom have served at sea during the pirate radio days and who can talk about their experiences. They are also happy to answer any questions. The tour covers the whole ship, with the exception of the cabins, and includes a visit to the main studio while the on-air presenter is broadcasting.
On arrival on board there is a short talk on the history of Ross Revenge as a record-breaking fishing trawler by our tender skipper Stuart Belbin, an experienced fisherman. The tour of the ship is the same as during a live broadcast, but the studios are not up and running. Caroline DJs Paul Brown or Lee Shuttlewood take the part of the tour which includes the studios and crew rooms, while Stuart takes people to visit the engine room, transmitter room and generators.
Reductions are available for contributing members of the Radio Caroline Support Group. See below for details of how to book a trip
We are delighted that our trips to visit and tour Ross Revenge have been awarded a Travellers' Choice 2020 Award by Tripadvisor. A Travellers’ Choice award is given to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.