• “New” Algeciras Carrier – Cargo from the Past

    MV Baltic Carrier Ex Algeciras Carrier, Zenit Carrier, Winter Sun. Nigel Thornton Collection Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1979 by […]

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  • “New” MV Viking Sky – Past and Present

    MV Viking Sky © Josep Pretel Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2017 by Fincantieri Spa, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6237) […]

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  • MV Celebrity Eclipse – Past and Present

    MV Celebrity Eclipse – Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2010 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 677) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Celebrity Cruises.

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  • MV Costa Allegra – Past and Present

    MV Santa Cruise, ex Costa Allegra, Alexandra, Regent Moon, Annie Johnson – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1969, as the container ship ANNIE JOHNSON by Oy Wartsila Ab. Abo, Finland (Yard No 1170) for Johnson Line Ab, Stockholm.

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  • TS Brittany – Past and Present

    TS Alandsfarjan, ex Brittany, HMS Brittany, Brittany – Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel built in 1933 by William Denny & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1261) as a passenger and cargo vessel for Southern Railways Co, London, England.

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  • 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.

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  • MV Seabourn Ovation – Past and Present

    MV Seabourn Ovation – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2018 by Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6258) as Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Seabourn Cruise Line

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  • MV Wild Cormorant – Cargo from the Past

    MV Marathon Reefer, ex Flamingo Reefer, Tuscan Star, Horncliff, Bassro Nordic, Silver Reefer, Attica Reefer, Wild Cormorant – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Lubecker Flender Werke AG Yard Lubeck-Siems, West Germany (Yard No 602) as a Refrigerated cargo ship.

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  • MV Crown Emma – Past and Present

    MV Crown Emma, ex Crown Emerald – Steel single screw “Crown Class” motor vessel built in 1996 by Iwagi Zosen Co., Ltd., Kamijima, Japan (Yard No SZ-164 ) as Refrigerated cargo ship.

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  • GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Past and Present

    GTS Brilliance of the Seas – Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2002 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 656) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI)

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  • MV Norbay – Past and Present

    MV Norbay – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Holland (Yard No 962) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England.

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  • MV Costa Mediterranea – Past and Present

    MV Costa Mediterranea – Steel twin Azipod ‘Spirit Class’ motor vessel built in 2003 by Kvaerner Masa Yard, Helsingfors, Finland, (Yard No 502) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Costa Crociere, Italy.

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  • MV Dover Phoenix – Cargo from the Past

    MV Lagoon Phoenix, ex River Phoenix, Clover Moon, Dover Phoenix – Steel single screw motor vessel built in in 1993 by Shin Kochi Jyuko KK Kochi Japan (Yard No 7028 ) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Past and Present

© Simonwp

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Past and Present

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2010 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 677) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Celebrity Cruises.

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!)

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

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.

© 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.

Ferries

 Roy Thornton Collection

TS Brittany – Past and Present

TS Alandsfarjan, ex Brittany, HMS Brittany, Brittany – Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel built in 1933 by William Denny & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1261) as a passenger and cargo vessel for Southern Railways Co, London, England.

MV Norbay - Past and Present

MV Norbay – Past and Present

MV Norbay – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1994 by Van der Giessen-De Noord, Holland (Yard No 962) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England.

© 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.

Cruise Ships

© Simonwp

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Past and Present

MV Celebrity Eclipse – Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2010 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 677) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Celebrity Cruises.

© Nigel Thornton

MV Costa Allegra – Past and Present

MV Santa Cruise, ex Costa Allegra, Alexandra, Regent Moon, Annie Johnson – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1969, as the container ship ANNIE JOHNSON by Oy Wartsila Ab. Abo, Finland (Yard No 1170) for Johnson Line Ab, Stockholm.

© Emmanuel L

MV Seabourn Ovation – Past and Present

MV Seabourn Ovation – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2018 by Fincantieri Marghera Shipyard, Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6258) as Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Seabourn Cruise Line

Cargo Vessels

© Mike Griffiths

MV Wild Cormorant – Cargo from the Past

MV Marathon Reefer, ex Flamingo Reefer, Tuscan Star, Horncliff, Bassro Nordic, Silver Reefer, Attica Reefer, Wild Cormorant – Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Lubecker Flender Werke AG Yard Lubeck-Siems, West Germany (Yard No 602) as a Refrigerated cargo ship.

© Erwin Willemse

MV Crown Emma – Past and Present

MV Crown Emma, ex Crown Emerald – Steel single screw “Crown Class” motor vessel built in 1996 by Iwagi Zosen Co., Ltd., Kamijima, Japan (Yard No SZ-164 ) as Refrigerated cargo ship.

© ToptoToe

MV Dover Phoenix – Cargo from the Past

MV Lagoon Phoenix, ex River Phoenix, Clover Moon, Dover Phoenix – Steel single screw motor vessel built in in 1993 by Shin Kochi Jyuko KK Kochi Japan (Yard No 7028 ) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship.

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