Past and Present

Roy Thornton Collection

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SS Mecklenburg II Roy Thornton Collection  Steel twin screw steamer, built in 1920 by Koninklijke Mij. “De Schelde”, Vlissingen. (Yard No. 170), for Stoomvaart Mij. Zeeland. Technical Data Length: 106.8m (registered) 110.72m (overall)Breadth of Hull: 13.01m Depth: 7.29m Draught: 4.27m (maximum)Tonnage: 2,907 gross/1,122 net/2408 deadweight [...]

© Ken Larwood

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Mv Radiosa Ex Exeter, Grida, Winchester   © Ken Larwood Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1947 by William Denny of Dumbarton (Yard No 1403) for The Southern Railway, as a cargo vessel. Technical Data Length: 70.1m (between perpendiculars) 76.69m (overall)Breadth [...]

Roy Thornton Collection

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Included as sister of Ts St Patrick.Ts Holyhead ex St David (III)   Roy Thornton Collection  Steel twin screw turbine ship, built by Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead (Yard No 1182) for Fishguard & Rosslare Railways & Harbours Co, [...]

© Ed Connell

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Mv Atlantic Klipper   © David Pratt  Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2011 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Hachinohe, Japan (Yard No. 392) as a refrigerated cargo ship. Technical Data  Length: 153.5m (between perpendiculars), 165.00m (overall)Breadth of hull: 25mDepth: 14mDraught: [...]

Photography

© Ed Connell

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Mv Atlantic Klipper   © David Pratt  Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2011 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Hachinohe, Japan (Yard No. 392) as a refrigerated cargo ship. Technical Data  Length: 153.5m (between perpendiculars), 165.00m (overall)Breadth of hull: 25mDepth: 14mDraught: [...]

© Ray Goodfellow

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Introduction With the cruise ship season here in Dover rapidly drawing to a close we have witnessed a mass exodus of ships from the Northern Europe cruise circuit over the last few weeks. Costa Pacifica was in port yesterday and today [...]

© Ray Goodfellow 2014

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Introduction It’s another day so it’s time for another cruise ship arrival. Today’s caller is the 85,000 GRT, ‘Costa Mediterranea’, operated by Costa Crociere. Built in Helsinki, Finland, she entered service in 2003 and reportedly cost €400 million to build. She is [...]

© Ray Goodfellow 2014

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Introduction On Sunday 25th May 2014 and with a bank holiday weekend here in the UK we decided to do a round trip to Calais with P&O Ferries on the Spirit of Britain. As soon as we boarded we headed [...]

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The Forum, One Year On..........

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Announcement: I would like to announce that our new ‘Community’ (the replacement for our forum) opened on the 31/08/2014 at 15:00 (British Summer Time). Please read this statement from Ray Goodfellow detailing the reasons why the community has been launched [...]

Nigel Thornton Collection

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Project 45, Camber In-Fill  Nigel Thornton Collection    Nigel Thornton Collection (both) “In January 1984 work started on the construction of 4.13 hectare area of land for the much needed land for the assembly of freight vehicles at the Eastern [...]

Project 42, Number 1 Berth, Eastern Docks

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Project 42, Number 1 Berth, Eastern Docks © Nigel Thornton Designed and installed by MacGregor-Navaire (MGN) it was constructed so that it was capable of servicing a wide range of vessels including freight only RoRo’s and car/passenger ferries. Nigel Thornton [...]

The "Night Ferry"

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The Night Ferry (Shipping Timeline). April 24th 1924 Harwich – Zeebrugge train ferry inaugurated by Great Eastern Train Ferries. 1926 Société Anonymé de Navigation Alsace-Lorraine – Angleterre (ALA) registered in Paris; renamed Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace on February 23rd 1927. Owned by LMS [...]

Voyage Reports

© Ray Goodfellow

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22nd April 2014 – Article published. Please be aware that this is a rather ‘image heavy’ post so may take a while to load, especially on slower internet connections or mobile devices. A number of Instagram images from this journey [...]

© Ray Goodfellow

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I last travelled with My Ferry Link in August of 2012 when the service was very much in it’s infancy so it was high time to try the service once again to see how things have changed so on Sunday [...]

Cruise Ships

© Willem Oldenburg

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Mv Artania Ex Artemis, Royal Princess   © Derek Sands Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1984 by Oy Wärtsilä Ab, Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 464) for Princess Cruises, London, England. Technical Data Original Cost: $165 million Length: 230.61m (overall), [...]

© John Wilson

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Ms Seabourn Quest © John Wilson Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2011 by T. Mariotti, Genoa, Italy (Yard No 64) for Seabourn Cruise Line Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas . Technical Data Length: 198.15m (overall), 169.20m (between perpendiculars) Breadth of [...]

© John Jones

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Mv SeaDream I Ex Seabourn Goddess I, Sea Goddess I © John Jones  Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Akers Finnyard, Rauma, Finland (Yard No 466) in 1984 for Norske Cruise. Technical Data Cost: $34 million Length: 104.81m (overall), [...]

© John Wilson

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Mv Crystal Serenity   © Aleksi Lindström Steel twin pod motor vessel built in 2003 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No H32) for Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles, United States (wholly owned division of Nippon Yusen Kasha (NYK), Japan). [...]

Cargo Vessels

© Ed Connell

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Mv Atlantic Klipper   © David Pratt  Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2011 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Hachinohe, Japan (Yard No. 392) as a refrigerated cargo ship. Technical Data  Length: 153.5m (between perpendiculars), 165.00m (overall)Breadth of hull: 25mDepth: 14mDraught: [...]

© Cees Bustraan

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Mv SWEDISH REEFER Ex CHIQUITA SCANDINAVIA © Cees Bustraan  Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1992 at Danyard A/S Frederikshavn, Denmark (Yard No. 714) as a refrigerated cargo vessel. Technical Data Length: 158.12m (overall), 144.99m (moulded)Breadth: 24.40m (moulded)Depth: 10.00mDraught: 11.90m (summer)Tonnage: 13,049 gross, 5,353 [...]

© Aleksi Lindström

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Mv Esmeralda   © Aleksi LindströmSteel single screw motor vessel, built in 1999 by Iwagi Zosen Co., Ltd, Imabari-City, Japan (Yard No. 10) as a refrigerated cargo ship. Technical Data  Length: 139.4m (between perpendiculars), 151.99m (overall)Breadth of hull: 23mDepth: 13mDraught: 8.65mTonnage: [...]

© Cees Bustraan

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Mv Nederland Reefer Ex Chiquita Nederland   © Henk Guddee Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1992 at Danyard A/S Frederikshavn, Denmark (Yard No. 707) as a refrigerated cargo/vehicles vessel. Technical Data Length: 158.13m (overall), 146.55m (moulded)Breadth: 24.40m (moulded)Depth: [...]

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The Forum, One Year On..........

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Announcement: I would like to announce that our new ‘Community’ (the replacement for our forum) opened on the 31/08/2014 at 15:00 (British Summer Time). Please read this statement from Ray Goodfellow detailing the reasons why the community has been launched [...]

Requests for site photos

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Over the past few months we have received numerous requests for copies of contributors images displayed on this website. Previously any request was considered on it’s own apparent merit. Unfortunately demand has now increased to a level where we cannot [...]

Dover Cruise Calls 2014

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The arrival and departure times for the ‘Mv Costa neo Romantica’ and ‘Mv Costa Luminosa’ on the 8th September have been updated. Please find below the 2014 Cruise Ship Schedule for the Port of Dover. The list has now been [...]