THE RECORD LIBARY
The Ross Revenge Record Library is currently home to some 17,000 titles that have been kindly donated by Radio Caroline fans over the years. We dont know anyone that has actually counted these but the library is both substantial and impressive.
At the height of Radio Caroline's popularity the record library would have been at the core of every DJ's pre-show preparation - thumbing their way through albums and singles to create their show playlist. Unfortunately (or fortunately ), depending on your view, the advent of PC based
MP3's and Playout systems rendered the record library obsolete - effectively making this area a 'museum piece' for the moment.
What is not apparent when you first set foot into the Record Libary is what the rooms previous use was. Back in both the Freyr and Ross Revenge fishing days this area was the Captain's accomodation, ideally located directly beneath the Bridge.
Shown opposite is a screen capture of the Captain's Cabin from an original 1959 Freyr construction plan. As you walk through the door, looking left the area marked as 1900x900 would have been the Captain's bed, with a small settee adjacent to it - finished off with a wardrobe and privacy curtain.
In the main lounge the Captain was provided with a writing table and seating area. Bathroom and WC facilities were shared with the ships 1st Mate and WT Operator.
As you would expect, the Captains accomodation was self contained - complete with lounge area, writing table and of course his sleeping cabin (shown top right of the plan layout - detailed as 1900 x 900 Gardine).
Not much is left to indicate the previous use of this area but if you are ever in the Record Library look up on the ceiling and you can still see the track which was used for the sleeping quarters privacy sliding partition (curtain).