In Part Two Allan Crawford said he made contact with the Verweij's, along with others, to invest in Veronica in 1961/2 but that fell through. In Part Three Crawford says he was looking to start a station on one of the Thames forts and the Verweij's said they were interested in investing in it. The timing of this is unclear as Jon Myer comments.
As to the long term plan when the Verweij brothers got possession of the Mebo 2 I'm not sure there was one at the time since after three months Meister and Bollier tricked the Veronica captain off the ship.
"After leaving the British coast again, another attempt was made for the Dutch coast. Then the story went round, that Kees Manders was appointed director of a Dutch service for RNI. You already understand it exactly against the agreements. Eventually, they stopped broadcasting in September 1970. We would then get the ship. After all, it was a collateral and since the two gentlemen could not repay the borrowed money, they had to transfer the ship to Veronica. This was also the case in the first instance, and a Dutch captain, Arie de Ruiter, arrived. It was a nice thought, by the way, to suddenly have two shipping ships." (Google translate of Dutch)
There's another interview somewhere with Bull Verweij where he says that Meister and Bollier came to see him in Aug/Sep 1970, said everything had gone wrong, they'd run out of money etc etc so Verwey gave them a second loan which gave him control of the ship, he'd obviously heard of the involvement of Manders by this point.
Verwey's plan was the original contract stating that the Mebo 2 should never broadcast in Dutch in return for money so Meister and Bollier could pay the shipyard bills with the ship as collateral if this was going to be the case, "I had a life insurance for Veronica on the Northsea." he said in OEM 156.
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