Past and Present

Maritime Photography

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!)

The Ones That Got Away

The Ones That Got Away

I am just in the process of finalising plans to visit Portsmouth this coming weekend (3rd-4th June 2017) with my fianceé and some friends when I suddenly realised that I hadn’t posted the photographs from our last visit back in February when myself and Paul Cloke travelled on Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven to St Malo, returning on the Armorique from Caen, hence the title, ‘the ones that got away’.

It's been a while... Photographs

It’s been a while… Photographs

Its 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. Even though I am now semi retired from the website due to some super big massive changes in my personal life, such as trying to find a new job, settling down with the girl I love and I am not sure if I have mentioned it on here, getting married! As you can see 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

© Nigel Scutt

Russian Fleet in the Dover Strait

A Russian naval task force believed to be heading to Syria passed through the Channel on Friday 21st October 2016. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, Kirov Class battle cruiser Peter the Great and their accompanying contingent of seven ships, (including Severomorsk (619) and Vice Admiral Kulakov (626) was understood to be sailing for the Syrian coast to take part in the assault on Aleppo. Separately, two Russian ships are heading north from Portugal to join up with the task-force.

Roy Thornton Collection

Christmas Past at the Port of Dover

This article was originally published on the 1st December 2012 but with the festive season rapidly approaching it’s time to resurrect an old favourite. As can be seen below, the ferries have certainly changed over the years (in both number and in size) but there is still one tradition that remains and that is the local fleet’s official day of rest, Christmas Day. In these modern days of the 24 hour operation at the Port of Dover it is very rare to see the ships laid up.

Bretagne and Mont St Michel - 'The Event Before the Event'

Bretagne and Mont St Michel – ‘The Event Before the Event’

On Tuesday 14th July 2015 Paul Cloke and myself departed Kent for Portsmouth for a a short mini cruise with Brittany Ferries travelling out on the Bretagne to the Breton port of St Malo before returning the following day from the Norman port of Caen (Ouistreham) on the Mont St Michel.

© Mike Jackson

Camber Infill & Berth 2 – (Part 2)

In January 1988 Dover Harbour Board confirmed that more sand would be dredged from the Goodwin Sands to reclaim the remainder of the Camber at the Eastern Docks. The Board obtained a licence from the Crown Estate to dredge the Goodwins and for every cubic metre of sand dredged the Harbour Board paid the Crown a fee.

Ferries

© Simonwp

MV Norbank – Past and Present

MV Norbank – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Holland (Yard No 961) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England.

Brittany Ferries

MV Connemara – Past and Present

MV Connemara, ex Asterion, Norman Asturias, Baltic Amber, Stena Ausonia – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2007 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C, Porto Viro yard, Italy (Yard No 216) as a Passenger Roll on – Roll off cargo ferry.

TS Paris (IV) - Past and Present

TS Paris (IV) – Past and Present

TS Paris (IV), ex Hospital Carrier 32, Paris – Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1913 (Yard No 973) at William Denny Bros of Dumbarton for London, Brighton & South Coast Railway as a passenger/mail vessel.

Cruise Ships

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Viking Sun – Past and Present

MV Viking Sun – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2017 by Fincantieri Spa, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6246) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda.

© Cees Bustraan

MV Zenith – Past and Present

MV Zenith – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 620) as a passenger cruise vessel for Celebrity Cruises

Cargo Vessels

© Bob Scott

MV Pasadena – Cargo from the Past

Mv Citrus Do Brasil Ex Ouri Do Brazil, Pasadena I, Pasadena, Navelina, Navelinacore © Bob Scott Steel single screw “Core Class” motor […]

© Ed Connell

MV Spring Bok – Cargo from the Past

MV Spring Bok, ex Spring Bee, Spring Bird – Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1984 by Koyo Shipyard, Mihara (Yard No. 1057), as a refrigerated cargo ship.

© Frits Olinga

MV Lady Ariane – Past and Present

MV Lady Ariane – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2015 by Groningen Shipyards B.V, Waterhuizen, Netherlands (Yard No 157) as a General Cargo Vessel.