View Full Version : Belgians in Rockall broadcast bid

Davie Tait
27th April 2009, 20:12

A team of Belgian radio enthusiasts were due to set off for the North Atlantic islet of Rockall where they hope to make a series of broadcasts.

The volcanic rock is 100ft wide and 70ft high and a 250-mile boat trip from Stornoway on the Western Isles.

Electrical engineer Patrick Godderie is leading the expedition, which will set up a temporary home on Rockall in a specially designed shelter.

Skipper Angus Smith, from Inverness, was to take the team on the trip.

The UK, Ireland, Iceland and Denmark lay claim to the rock and to the possible huge oil and gas reserves surrounding it.

Rockall act

Under Rockall lies a massive subsea landmass, the Rockall Hatton basin, five times the size of Ireland.

The earliest recorded landing on Rockall was in 1810, by an officer called Basil Hall from the HMS Endymion.

Its exact position was first charted by Royal Navy surveyor Captain ATE Vidal in 1831.

In 1972, the Isle of Rockall Act was passed, which claimed to make the rock officially part of Inverness-shire, Scotland.

In 1997, Greenpeace activists opposed to oil and gas exploration landed on the island, stayed for 42 days, replaced the navigational beacon with a solar-powered one and declared Rockall the sovereign territory of Waveland.

Hmmmm are these guys mad... I've seen waves right over the top of that rock lol

27th April 2009, 23:50
I think your right davie... at least they didn't try in january...
Unless their broadcasts will sound better from Rockall? :rolleyes:

28th April 2009, 00:00
what a damn fine place for greenpeace activists-and they didn`t even have to be forced!

28th April 2009, 22:58
They will be more famous than Tintin and Hercule Poirot