• “New” MV Bison – Past and Present

    MV Ant I, ex Stena Pioneer, European Pioneer, Bison – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 755) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

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  • MV Merchant Venture – Past and Present

    MV Basem I, ex Shahpaa I, Sunlight Bey, Warsun, Merchant Venture, Merchant Isle, Argenta, Med Adriatico, Farman – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Est. Nav.De Viana do Castelo S.A., Portugal (Yard No 103) as a RoRo Cargo ship

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  • MV Ibex – Past and Present

    MV Envoy I, ex Reyes B, Envoy I, Envoy, European Envoy, Ibex, Norsky, Norsea, Ibex – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Tamano, Japan (Yard No 1163) as a RoRo Cargo/Passenger vessel for P&O Ferries Ltd (Pandoro)

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  • MV Viking Trader (1976) – Past and Present

    MV Black Horses, ex Black Iris, European Navigator, Leopard, Viking Trader, Oyster Bay, Manuare VII, Caribbean Sky, Federal Nova, Goya, Stena Tender – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Linz-Korneuburg (Yard No 709) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Stena Line AB

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  • Dover – Zeebrugge Timeline – Past and Present (Request)

    Dover – Zeebrugge Timeline “For many years Townsend management had been trying to establish a ferry link into Belgium from Dover, but […]

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  • Requests for ships histories

    History Requests   Well, the time has come when our shipping community needs a break from the current World situation. I, along […]

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  • MV Puma – Past and Present

    MV Ant 2, ex Stena Seafarer, European Seafarer, Puma, Union Trader, Union Melbourne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 577) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

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  • MV Aurora – Past and Present

    MV Aurora – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jos L. Meyer Werft GmbH Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 640) as a Passenger Ship for P&O Cruises

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  • MV Felicity – Past and Present

    MV Rigel II, ex Scandinavia, Visborg, Visby, Stena Felicity, Felicity, Visby – Steel twin screw ”Visby Class” motor vessel built in 1980 by Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona (Yard No 278 ) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry

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  • MV Oceana – Past and Present

    MV Oceana, ex Ocean Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA. Monfalcone (Yard No 6044) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

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  • MV Lady Rose – Past and Present

    MV Lady Rose Lady Rose – © John Mavin (Dover, 23/03/2009) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding […]

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  • MV Director – Past and Present

    MV Director Director – © Nigel Thornton Glass reinforced plastic hulled, twin screw built in 1996 by Aquastar Workboats Carrigaline Co. Cork  […]

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  • MV Viking Star – Past and Present

    MV Viking Star – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2015 by Fincantieri Spa, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6236) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

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  • MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

    MV Azamara Pursuit, ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8 – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship

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  • MV Lady Rosebud – Past and Present

    MV Lady Rosebud Lady Rosebud – © Juan Carlos C (Valparaiso, Chile 29/12/2019) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2009 by […]

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Past and Present

© Aubrey Dale

“New” MV Bison – Past and Present

MV Ant I, ex Stena Pioneer, European Pioneer, Bison – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 755) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

Courtesy of PWR

MV Merchant Venture – Past and Present

MV Basem I, ex Shahpaa I, Sunlight Bey, Warsun, Merchant Venture, Merchant Isle, Argenta, Med Adriatico, Farman – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Est. Nav.De Viana do Castelo S.A., Portugal (Yard No 103) as a RoRo Cargo ship

© Robbie Cox

MV Ibex – Past and Present

MV Envoy I, ex Reyes B, Envoy I, Envoy, European Envoy, Ibex, Norsky, Norsea, Ibex – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Tamano, Japan (Yard No 1163) as a RoRo Cargo/Passenger vessel for P&O Ferries Ltd (Pandoro)

© Brian Fisher

MV Viking Trader (1976) – Past and Present

MV Black Horses, ex Black Iris, European Navigator, Leopard, Viking Trader, Oyster Bay, Manuare VII, Caribbean Sky, Federal Nova, Goya, Stena Tender – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Linz-Korneuburg (Yard No 709) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Stena Line AB

Maritime Photography

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

I am marking my return to the website by detailing a multi trip journey that Paul Cloke and I undertook almost a year ago between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth and Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth. Travelling with Brittany Ferries this report describes the three principle elements of there current fleet operations from Portsmouth, économie, high speed and cruise ferry.

A Weekend in Portsmouth

A Weekend in Portsmouth

A weekend in Portsmouth – Photographs from a weekend break to the South Coast city of Portsmouth. Well we went, we saw and we conquered (that’s a reference to me and tall structures!)

It's been a while... Photographs

It’s been a while… Photographs

It’s been a while since I have posted any photographs to the website and that’s because it has been a while since I have wielded a camera. Time hasn’t been in my favour of late but I wanted you to all know that I am still around and I do poke my head into the hobby side of my life occasionally. Anyway I digress…. Please find in this album a few photographs taken during October and November.

Articles

Requests for ships histories

Requests for ships histories

History Requests   Well, the time has come when our shipping community needs a break from the current World situation. I, along […]

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

I am marking my return to the website by detailing a multi trip journey that Paul Cloke and I undertook almost a year ago between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth and Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth. Travelling with Brittany Ferries this report describes the three principle elements of there current fleet operations from Portsmouth, économie, high speed and cruise ferry.

Ferries

© Aubrey Dale

“New” MV Bison – Past and Present

MV Ant I, ex Stena Pioneer, European Pioneer, Bison – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 755) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

Courtesy of PWR

MV Merchant Venture – Past and Present

MV Basem I, ex Shahpaa I, Sunlight Bey, Warsun, Merchant Venture, Merchant Isle, Argenta, Med Adriatico, Farman – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Est. Nav.De Viana do Castelo S.A., Portugal (Yard No 103) as a RoRo Cargo ship

© Robbie Cox

MV Ibex – Past and Present

MV Envoy I, ex Reyes B, Envoy I, Envoy, European Envoy, Ibex, Norsky, Norsea, Ibex – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Tamano, Japan (Yard No 1163) as a RoRo Cargo/Passenger vessel for P&O Ferries Ltd (Pandoro)

© Brian Fisher

MV Viking Trader (1976) – Past and Present

MV Black Horses, ex Black Iris, European Navigator, Leopard, Viking Trader, Oyster Bay, Manuare VII, Caribbean Sky, Federal Nova, Goya, Stena Tender – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Linz-Korneuburg (Yard No 709) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Stena Line AB

Cruise Ships

© Erwin Willemse

MV Aurora – Past and Present

MV Aurora – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jos L. Meyer Werft GmbH Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 640) as a Passenger Ship for P&O Cruises

© Erwin Willemse

MV Oceana – Past and Present

MV Oceana, ex Ocean Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA. Monfalcone (Yard No 6044) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Princess Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

© Ken Smith

MV Viking Star – Past and Present

MV Viking Star – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2015 by Fincantieri Spa, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6236) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

MV Azamara Pursuit, ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8 – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship

Cargo Vessels

© Nigel Thornton

MV Lady Rose – Past and Present

MV Lady Rose Lady Rose – © John Mavin (Dover, 23/03/2009) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding […]