• “New” 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • TS Brighton (V) – Past and Present

    TS Brighton (V), ex Hospital Ship No 31, Brighton – Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1928 at Denny’s of Dumbarton, (Yard No 1203) for Southern Railway as a passenger/mail vessel.

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  • 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.

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  • MV Stena Traveller (1992) – Past and Present

    MV Patria Seaways, ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller – Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad AB, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 21) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 51) in 1992 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Goteborg.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • MV Arklow Cliff – Past and Present

    MV Arklow Cliff – Steel single screw “C” class motor vessel built in by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. Netherlands (Yard No 428) as General Cargo ship.

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  • MV Hilco Girl – Cargo from the Past

    MV Baltic Sea, ex Provincia de Guayas, Ciudad de Guayaquil, Lucky I, Lucky, Timur Girl, Hilco Girl, Golar Girl – Steel single screw motor (Clipper Standard class) vessel built in 1973 by Drammen Slip & Verksted, Drammen (Yard No 75) as Refrigerated Cargo ship.

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  • GTS (7) Flying Princess – Past and Present

    GTS Urzela, ex Princesa Voladora, Flying Princess – Aluminium 929-100 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1976 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 007).

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  • 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

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  • MV Manila Tiger – Cargo from the Past

    MV Montevideo, ex Qingdao Reefer, Green Mountain, Manila Tiger, Reefer Tiger – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1983 by Hayashikane SB & Eng. Co. Ltd., Shimonoseki (Yard No 1266) as a Refrigerated Cargo Ship.

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  • MV Leopard – Past and Present

    MV Talya I, ex Countess M, Leopard – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1968 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes (Yard No. 16/109), fitted out at Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

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  • MV Arklow Freedom – Past and Present

    MV Arklow Freedom – Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2008 by Astilleros de Murueta SA, Spain (Yard No. 265) as a general cargo ship

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  • MV Hanseatic – Past and Present

    MV Hanseatic, ex Society Adventurer – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Rauma Repola Yards, Finland (Yard No 306) for Society Expedition Cruises

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Past and Present

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.

Dover Ferry Photos Library

TS Brighton (V) – Past and Present

TS Brighton (V), ex Hospital Ship No 31, Brighton – Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1928 at Denny’s of Dumbarton, (Yard No 1203) for Southern Railway as a passenger/mail vessel.

© 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.

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

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.

Dover Ferry Photos Library

TS Brighton (V) – Past and Present

TS Brighton (V), ex Hospital Ship No 31, Brighton – Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1928 at Denny’s of Dumbarton, (Yard No 1203) for Southern Railway as a passenger/mail vessel.

© Fotoflite

MV Stena Traveller (1992) – Past and Present

MV Patria Seaways, ex Lisco Patria, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller, TT Traveller, Stena Traveller – Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad AB, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 21) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 51) in 1992 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Goteborg.

P & O Ferries

GTS (7) Flying Princess – Past and Present

GTS Urzela, ex Princesa Voladora, Flying Princess – Aluminium 929-100 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1976 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 007).

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

© Cees Bustraan

MV Hanseatic – Past and Present

MV Hanseatic, ex Society Adventurer – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Rauma Repola Yards, Finland (Yard No 306) for Society Expedition Cruises

© Cees Bustraan

MV Seven Seas Navigator – Past and Present

MV Seven Seas Navigator, ex Blue Sea, Akademik Nikolay Pilyugin – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by T. Mariotti, Genoa, Italy (for the Vaslov Group, Monte Carlo), (Yard No 6125)originally for the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Cargo Vessels

© 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.

© Erwin Willemse

MV Arklow Cliff – Past and Present

MV Arklow Cliff – Steel single screw “C” class motor vessel built in by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V. Netherlands (Yard No 428) as General Cargo ship.