Past and Present


In September 2006 Nigel Thornton joined the team and started compiling his hugely popular ‘Past and Present‘ features on this website. His features profile the timeline of an individual vessel through photography and historical information. Originally focused on the history of the local ferry fleets which have served the Port of Dover over the years it has now been expanded to include all vessel types which have a connection with the town and ships connected to our recent travels.

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© 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.

 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.

© 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

© 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.

© Carsten Dettmer

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)

© Cedric Hacke

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.

© 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.

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