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Dover – Zeebrugge Timeline – Past and Present (Request)

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 state-owned Belgian operator Regie voor Maritime Transport/Regie des…
Turning 40 – Room with a View

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 to sure how that has happened but life…
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…
Russian Fleet in the Dover Strait

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…
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…
Camber Infill & Berth 2 – (Part 2)

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…
Four Seasons

Four Seasons

In what has become a yearly trip around the Easter period we joined the Brittany Ferries vessel Normandie on the 30th March for her overnight crossing to Caen (Ouistreham). After…
The Condor Liberation

The Condor Liberation

On the 19th March we were invited by Condor Ferries to join them for a shakedown cruise on their new vessel the Condor Liberation from Poole. The purpose of the…
Camber In-Fill (Project 45) – (Part 1)

Camber In-Fill (Project 45) – (Part 1)

Project 45, Camber In-Fill Nigel Thornton Collection     Nigel Thornton Collection (both) “In January 1984 work started on the construction of 4.13 hectare area of land for the much…
Number 1 Berth – Dover Eastern Docks

Number 1 Berth – Dover Eastern Docks

Berth 1 at the Eastern Docks (ED1) was designed and installed by MacGregor-Navire (MGN). It was designed to be capable of servicing a wide range of vessels including freight only…
The Night Ferry – Shipping Timeline

The Night Ferry – Shipping Timeline

Introduced on the night of the 14th-15th October 1936, the Night Ferry was an international sleeper train operating between London Victoria and Paris Gare du Nord. In later years Brussels was also served. The service was operated by…
Admiralty Pier Ro/Ro Berth No 3

Admiralty Pier Ro/Ro Berth No 3

After the transfer of much of British Rail’s classical passenger services to Folkestone and to relieve the heavily used ramps at the Eastern Docks, a new car ferry berth was…
Saga Ruby – The Final Farewell

Saga Ruby – The Final Farewell

Saga Ruby “The Final Farewell” Today (26/09/2013) was a very sad day. After her arrival, and together with her Fleet Mate Saga Sapphire, Saga Ruby lazed in the sunshine. All…
My Ferry Link – Rodin and Berlioz, a comparison (28/06/2013)

My Ferry Link – Rodin and Berlioz, a comparison (28/06/2013)

I have to make an admission. During all my years as a ferry enthusiast I have only ever travelled on a French ferry once before and that was the Saint…
The Evolution of a Darwin

The Evolution of a Darwin

Introduction Originally built as the European Pathway (Pride of Canterbury) and the European Highway (Pride of Kent) in 1992 as freight vessels for P&O European Ferries for use on the…
Farewell to a Pride……..

Farewell to a Pride……..

Introduction The Pride of Dover arrived in the Essex port of Tilbury from Dover on the 16th December 2010 having finally finished on the Dover-Calais service on the 15th December…
Dover Port Control

Dover Port Control

Have you ever departed or arrived at the Port of Dover on a ferry and wondered what that strange building was at the end of the Eastern Arm? The answer…
Lighthouse and Café, Prince of Wales Pier.

Lighthouse and Café, Prince of Wales Pier.

The Prince of Wales Pier was completed in May 1902, having been started ten years earlier. The then Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone in 1893. Preliminary designs were…
Admiralty Pier Train Ferry Berth

Admiralty Pier Train Ferry Berth

With ships becoming much larger only vessels built up to and before the early 1970’s could fit into the original train ferry dock situated within Dover Western Docks. The new…
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