Paddy Roy Bates

Paddy Roy Bates (born 1922Fact|date=August 2008) is a former British pirate radio broadcaster and founder of the Principality of Sealand, styling himself HRH Prince Roy of Sealand.

Roy served in the British Army, rising to the rank of Major. He then became a fisherman before moving into pirate radio. In 1965 he ousted Radio City staff who had occupied Knock John Tower, a Maunsell Sea Fort (a World War II British naval defence platform). From there he ran Radio Essex from 1965 to 1966. The station changed its name in October ?1966 to "Britain's Better Music Station" (BBMS), shortly before going off the air on Christmas Day of 1966.

After being convicted of violating British broadcasting law, Bates moved his operation to the nearby Roughs Tower, another Maunsell Fort further out beyond the then boundary of the United Kingdom's territorial waters. Roughs Tower had earlier been claimed by Jack Moore and his daughter for Ronan O'Rahilly of Radio Caroline. On learning that Roy had set up there, O'Rahilly sent men to land on the tower, but their boat was driven off with petrol bombs and (according to O'Rahilly's men) gunfire.

The radio station never began broadcasting from the new location, but Roy nonetheless decided to stay, and proclaimed Roughs Tower to be the Principality of Sealand in 1967.

Roy is now retired and living with his wife Joan in Spain. The couple have two children, Penelope and Michael. Michael is the self-styled Prince Regent of Sealand, and has taken on most of the royal duties of the principality due to Roy's old age. Although Michael is the regent, Roy has no intention on 'abdicating' and will continue to reign along with his son.

Notes


*Samuel Pyeatt Menefee, "Republics of the Reefs:" Nation-Building on the Continental Shelf and in the World's Oceans, "California Western International Law Journal", vol. 25, no. 1, Fall, 1994 [http://mntzion.com/cesidio/RepublicsoftheReefs2.html] , [http://fletcher.tufts.edu/faculty/rubin/courses/l201/L201_VIIA4_Reefs.doc] .
* [http://www.seanhastings.com/havenco/sealand/judgement.html Transcript of the 1968 court decision]
*http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070110/NEWS/701100394/1050&template=currents


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