• “New” PMV Farringford – Past and Present

    PMV Farringford – Steel double ended diesel-electric paddle vessel built in 1947 at Wm Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton (Yard No. 1402) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Freshwater (II) – Past and Present

    MV Sound of Seil, ex Freshwater (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1959 at Ailsa SB Company, Troon (Yard Number. 505) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Fishbourne (II) – Past and Present

    MV Kibris I, ex Fishbourne (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1318) for British Railways Board, London, England as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry

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  • MV Camber Queen – Past and Present

    MV Mira Troia, ex Camber Queen – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1319) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Lady Rosebay – Past and Present

    MV Lady Rosebay – Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2010 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (Yard No. 508), as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

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  • MV Cenred – Past and Present

    MV Cenred – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended “C Class” vessel built at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (yard no. 562) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Cenwulf – Past and Present

    MV Cenwulf – Steel twin screw double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1973 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 561) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • Turning 40 – Room with a View

    Foreword It’s been a very long time since I have posted anything to the website, well over a year in fact! Not […]

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  • MV Akademik Ioffe – Past and Present

    MV Akademik Ioffe – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 by Hollming Oy, Rauma (Yard No 266) as a Research Vessel for the Russian Academy of Science

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  • MV Cuthred – Past and Present

    MV Mira Praia, ex Clemtyne, Cuthred – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1969 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 498) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Caedmon – Past and Present

    MV Caedmon – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1973 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 560) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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  • MV Viking Sea – Past and Present

    MV Viking Sea – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2016 by Fincantieri Spa, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6245) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

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  • MV Wight Sun – Past and Present

    MV Wight Sun – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2009 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 552) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

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  • MV Hornbay – Cargo from the Past

    MV Hornbay © Brian Fisher (August 1992) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Brodogradiliste “Uljanik”, Pula (Yard No 389 […]

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  • MV Wight Sky – Past and Present

    MV Wight Sky – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2008 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 551) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

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Past and Present

"New" PMV Farringford - Past and Present

“New” PMV Farringford – Past and Present

PMV Farringford – Steel double ended diesel-electric paddle vessel built in 1947 at Wm Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton (Yard No. 1402) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Freshwater (II) – Past and Present

MV Sound of Seil, ex Freshwater (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1959 at Ailsa SB Company, Troon (Yard Number. 505) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© British Railways Board

MV Fishbourne (II) – Past and Present

MV Kibris I, ex Fishbourne (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1318) for British Railways Board, London, England as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry

© J K Byass

MV Camber Queen – Past and Present

MV Mira Troia, ex Camber Queen – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1319) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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

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.

Ferries

"New" PMV Farringford - Past and Present

“New” PMV Farringford – Past and Present

PMV Farringford – Steel double ended diesel-electric paddle vessel built in 1947 at Wm Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton (Yard No. 1402) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Freshwater (II) – Past and Present

MV Sound of Seil, ex Freshwater (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1959 at Ailsa SB Company, Troon (Yard Number. 505) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© British Railways Board

MV Fishbourne (II) – Past and Present

MV Kibris I, ex Fishbourne (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1318) for British Railways Board, London, England as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry

© J K Byass

MV Camber Queen – Past and Present

MV Mira Troia, ex Camber Queen – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1319) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

Cruise Ships

© Mikkel

MV Akademik Ioffe – Past and Present

MV Akademik Ioffe – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 by Hollming Oy, Rauma (Yard No 266) as a Research Vessel for the Russian Academy of Science

© Cees Bustraan

MV Viking Sea – Past and Present

MV Viking Sea – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2016 by Fincantieri Spa, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6245) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Viking Jupiter – Past and Present

MV Viking Jupiter -Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2019 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., Stabilimento di Ancona, Ancona, Italy (Yard No 6254) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Ltd, Bermuda

© Wil Weijsters

MV Celebrity Reflection – Past and Present

MV Celebrity Reflection – Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2012 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 691) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Celebrity Cruises

Cargo Vessels

© Gerolf Drebes

MV Lady Rosebay – Past and Present

MV Lady Rosebay – Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2010 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (Yard No. 508), as a Refrigerated Cargo ship

© Brian Fisher

MV Hornbay – Cargo from the Past

MV Hornbay © Brian Fisher (August 1992) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Brodogradiliste “Uljanik”, Pula (Yard No 389 […]

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