based on board the former barge HMS Roughs which was sunk on Rough
Sands, United Kingdom
This new web site began construction on Friday, February 28, 2003
for the sole purpose of showing that the so-called "PRINCIPALITY OF SEALAND" is
neither a principality nor a sovereign country, but the site of a sunken Royal
The pictures above show HMS Roughs being sunk; a drawing of
the Royal Navy vessel sitting on the sand bar of Rough Sands, and what is
currently left of that superstructure that now pokes above the shallow waters
above the sand bar. It is this pathetic wreck that squatters have laughingly
called a micro state. The absurd title of "Principality of Sealand" is but the
foolish name given to the unauthorized occupation of a sunken Royal Navy barge
which was built and paid for by UK taxpayers on the UK mainland, and then
floated into position with Royal Navy sailors on board. Clearly this sunken
barge is not an island. It is a ship wreck marked by UK buoys paid for by UK
taxpayers to warn UK shipping of danger.
The original squatter who gained
control by fighting earlier squatters is Roy Bates, who over a drink or two or
three in a pub, came up with the idea that he would call his wife the "Princess
of the Princality of Sealand". At the time of that booze session, the clock was
running down for Her Majesty the Queen to name her son Charles as the prince of
the Principality of Wales in a spectacular ceremony. The Principality of Monaco
gains its secondary sovereignty from its principal France. Bates, by his own
admission got his authority from his own head filled with booze and headlines
promoting the then upcoming creation of a new Prince of Wales. Bates obviously
took his ideas out of one pub and began retelling them at another pub, and after
a while a lot of boozed up people lost touch with reality and came to promote
these same ideas even when they appeared to be sober. However, the source of
this absurd nonsense by the admission of Roy Bates, began in a pub.
former HMS Roughs, unlike former British Army towers which were built on the sea
bed, is an actual vessel belonging to the Royal Navy. Pictures have been
published showing the actual moment of sinking and the subsequent flooding of
the barge's hold.
The twin "towers" that can be seen above the water line
are actually one superstructure - like the conning tower of a submarine - that
was built within the barge itself so that it became a part of the vessel. This
conning tower has simply been taken over by con men.
As such it is a
mistake to refer to the former HMS Roughs as anything but a hulk, which while
abandoned for use as a Royal Navy ship fortress, is still regarded as a former
Ministry of War, now Ministry of Defence property that is clearly marked with
buoys maintained by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Contrary to published
reports, no "High Court" in the UK has ever ruled that "Sealand" is a foreign
country or beyond the jurisdiction of UK law. Instead a now defunct local court
in Chelmsford, Essex once ruled that it did not have jurisdiction. Had the same
case been brought before a court in Colchester or Southend, the answer may have
been different, because those courts do have Admiralty jurisdiction. Chelmsford
The UK HM Treasury Solicitor has stated that all appropriate UK
courts have jurisdiction, and Essex Police have admitted to having jurisdiction,
although it is neither a part of the County of Essex, nor is it a part of the
Crown Estates. It is a disused military vessel whose navigation buoys are still
paid for by the United Kingdom, just as they always have been.
contrary to popular opinion, the question of international legal jurisdiction
over this sunken vessel has already been determined by a USA Administrative
Court which ruled in 1990 and reaffirmed in 1991 at the behest and intervention
by the UK Secretary of State for the Department of Trade and Industry through
the office of the UK Official Solicitor, that Rough Tower is under the
administrative jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. That ruling has never been
challenged in any court of law in any country of the world. The governments of
the USA and UK do not and never have recognized any jurisdiction over Rough
Sands upon which the former HMS Roughs (Roughs Tower) is situated, other than
the sovereign jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.
The UN agrees that it
is British property within the UK and the Internet licensing authority will only
grant a UK designation for any Internet activity taking place on Rough Tower.
The squatters attempt to fool the unwise by combining the words "sealand" and
"gov" as "sealandgov" because they are unable to use "sealand.gov" due to the
basic fact that they lack a national designation of their own. This is because
Rough Tower location is a part of the UK. Consequently they use "sealandgov.com"
and variations thereof, just as they rely upon the British Post Office to bring
them any mail.
All mail to the squatters on Roughs Tower is delivered to
the British Post Office at Felixtowe, Suffolk, England, for collection. The
Haven Company claiming to operate a computer business from Rough Tower was
originally registered as a British company with UK DTI Companies House at
Cardiff, and it named a London, England address where the company could be
served with legal papers.
Any person tempted to part with money on the
fraudulent basis that they are engaging in a transaction involving a sovereign
state called "Sealand", should be advised that Ryan Lackey who gained worldwide
fame during 2000 by claiming to establish an Internet haven for colocation, has
now admitted on his own web site that he was lied to by Roy and Michael Bates.
Lackey has also noted the USA court case which resolved the ownership issue in
favour of the UK, but which Roy and Michael Bates avoid mentioning to
The fact that the world's media was conned into publishing and
broadcasting a falsehood about "Sealand", is proof that individual investors
should do their own legal research and not simply believe what they see and hear
in the media.
The fraud began when the Cabinet of Prime Minister Harold
Wilson decided not to take any action against the trespass of Roy Bates on a
former Royal Navy barge, because they did not want to give Bates any media
attention since they decided that he was merely a harmless publicity seeker. In
line with that 1968 decision, every time Bates has announced that he will do
anything contrary to UK laws, he has been quietly advised that he should not do
it. Thus all of his announced radio and television plans came to nothing and he
further decided against even trying to place his own marker buoys in the waters
off the sunken barge.
If you have any specific questions about this
matter, please address them to Paul John Lilburne-Byford who will helpfully
inform you of his personal knowledge concerning this fraud and hoax, to which
much of the world media has also fallen victim. It is hoped that this
information will spare you from financial loss due to Internet