Past and Present


In September of 2006 Nigel Thornton joined the website and started compiling his hugely popular ‘Past and Present‘ features. These 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 lose connection with the port town of Dover.

To help website visitors take their minds of the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 Nigel started to take requests for Past and Present features which have resulted in a large number of updates to the website.

Past and Present Archive

© Brian Fisher

🆕 MV Saint Colum I – Past and Present

MV Express P Ex Express Poseidon, Poseidon Express 2, Dimitrios Express, Kadia Express, Dimitrios Express, Saint Colum I, Saint Patrick (I) Saint […]

© Simonwp

MV Belard – Past and Present

MV Hatay Ex Muirneag, Belard, Carrier II, Mercandian Carrier II, Alianza, Mercandian Carrier II Belard – © Simonwp (Troon, 01/02/1989) Steel single […]

© Ken Larwood

MV Sally Sun – Past and Present

MV Gute, ex Sea Wind II, Sally Sun, Gute – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Falkenbergs varv Ab Falkenberg (Yard No 175) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Rederi Ab Gotland, Visby

© Wil Weijsters

MV Majesty of the Seas – Past and Present

MV Majesty of the Seas – Steel twin screw ”Sovereign Class” motor vessel built in 1992 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St Nazaire, France (Yard No B30) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Royal Caribbean International

© Simonwp

MV Elk – Past and Present

MV Balticum Ex Tor Baltica, Elk Elk – © Simonwp (Immingham, 01/04/1989) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Hyundai […]