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Radio Atlanta - Key Dates

** **** 1961

Allan Crawford forms Project Atlanta Ltd to launch an offshore radio station beaming programmes to Britain

** June 1962

Project Atlanta negotiated a deal with the American backers of Swedish offshore station Radio Nord to purchase that station's vessel, Magda Maria, complete and ready to broadcast, together with the entire contents of the fully equipped land-based studios in Stockholm

2nd August 1962

The Magda Maria docked at El Ferrol in northern Spain where a complete overhaul of the vessel took place as part of the agreement with Project Atlanta.

14th September 1962

The renovated ship left El Ferrol, giving her destination as Dover, England and a few days later she dropped anchor in the Thames Estuary.

** September 1962

Following the boarding of the former Radio Mercur ship, Lucky Star by the Danish authorities some of Allan Crawford's financial backers feared that the British authorities may do the same to the Magda Maria, now anchored in the Thames Estuary, and withdrew their funding from Project Atlanta.

** October 1962

Unable to agree a compromise the deal between the American backers of Radio Nord and Project Atlanta was called off and the Magda Maria sailed from the Thames Estuary anchoring off the coast of Holland, near the Radio Veronica ship Borkum Riff.

** October 1962

After three weeks lying at anchor the Magda Maria entered Ostend Harbour amidst rumours about her possible future role as a base for various offshore radio and television projects



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