During the darkest hours of the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and Western governments employed unusual methods to gather electronic intelligence on one another. In an era before sophisticated satellites were able to gather radio trasmissions, ships were often fitted with technologically sophisticated radio devices that would allow for electronics eavesdropping while the ships skirted the edge of territorial waters. However, North Koreaís seizure of the USS Pueblo of the United States led to an international incident when the American ship was accused of invading Korean territorial waters. Intelligence agencies then had to turn to more creative means of intelligence gathering. Russia adapted fishing trawlers for the task, and Western governments utilized their commercial passenger fleets.

Ken Mugridge served as radio officer aboard Caronia from 1962-1965. During that time he had the unique experience of gathering intelligence for MI6. His experiences are related on the following pages.

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