Mebo II

Posted: 3 February, 2009 by SeaBart in paintjob
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picture by Mare Liberum scheepsfotografie, via the Interweb

picture by Mare Liberum scheepsfotografie, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Dunno source, via the Interweb

Mebo II

IMO : 5328512

Build : N.V. Scheepswerf v/h De Groot & v. Vliet, Slikkerveer in the Netherlands, nr 267 as Silvretta

A dutch coaster modified to act as an radio-broadcasting station, this vessel kept the public and the politics divided and on their toes. Broadcasting programs in English & German and later also in Dutch she had a hugh fanbase on both sides of the North Sea in the few years (1970-1974) she was used to broadcast RNI: Radio Noordzee International. The reason she is featured here is the paintjob, although hugely modern in her days by now it’s not done anymore….It’s deemed ugly!

Picture by Radiovisie, via the Interweb

Picture by Radiovisie, via the Interweb

See the paintjob?? Do you also recognize a explosion pattern in it?? ironically she was temporarily put out of business by a bomb, ordered by a competitor.

Dunno source, via the Interweb.

Dunno source, via the Interweb.

And to continue on the ironical path: Sold to Lybia in 1979, her life came to an end, sinking as a practice targetship in 1984!

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Comments
  1. What a nerve calling the Mebo II “ugly”!!!!! Some of the facts are also somewhat iffy. The statement “temporarily put out of business by a bomb” makes it sound like she was off air for weeks, but it was a matter of under 3 hours before she was back on the air. Here are the facts:-

    At 23:40 on Saturday 15th May 1971 the transmitters were switched off and the Mebo II was abandoned by DJ’s. The fire was tackled and put out by those who stayed on board. The following morning, at 02:30, the Mebo II recommenced broadcasting, closing at 03:00 as normal. The following morning Dutch language programming commenced as usual at 06:00 on Sunday 16 May 1971.

  2. seabart says:

    Still counts as “temporarily out of business” though.

  3. Steve Jansen says:

    Ugly? Yes Sir this ship is so ugly that I happen to have a poster of it hanging on my wall as we speak 🙂 Seriously now, that’s a true floating work of art if you ask me. Oh and the great sounds of Radio Northsea International can still be heard today at http://www.radionorthsea.tk

  4. Sorry, I don’t agree seabart. “temporarily out of business” suggests unable to trade. I doubt any loss of advertising revenue from this 3 hour break. In fact it was ADVANTAGEOUS to advertisers as they made every news channel in Europe as a result, meaning MORE listeners to their adverts!!!!

  5. seabart says:

    Then how would you have put it?

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