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 very much focused on the history of the local ferry fleets which have served the Port of Dover, the site has now been expanded to include all different vessel types from around the UK and Ireland.

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.

MV Cotentin (2007) – Past and Present

MV Cotentin (2007) – Past and Present

MV Cotentin Ex Stena Baltica, Cotentin Cotentin © Brittany Ferries Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Aker Finnyard (STX Europe), Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 1357) as a…
MV Longrun – Past and Present

MV Longrun – Past and Present

MV Longrun Ex Espero, Flinter Ridhi Espero © Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 25/07/2017) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2013 by Chowgule and Company PVT. Limited Mormugoa, India (Yard No…
MV Stena Scotia – Past and Present

MV Stena Scotia – Past and Present

MV Stena Scotia, ex Scotia Seaways, Maersk Exporter - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Miho Shipyard, Shimizu, China (Yard No 1459) as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry ship…
MV Epsilon – Past and Present

MV Epsilon – Past and Present

MV Epsilon, ex Cartour Epsilon - Steel twin screw “NAOS 271” motor vessel, built in 2011 by C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard No. 228) as…
MV Fri Dolphin – Past and Present

MV Fri Dolphin – Past and Present

MV Fri Dolphin, ex Hav Dolphin, Canum, Saar Rouen, Canum - Steel single screw motor vessel hull built in 1991 by Shipyard Begej, Zrenjanin, Serbia  (Yard No 230) completed by…
HSC Stena Pegasus – Past and Present

HSC Stena Pegasus – Past and Present

Steel hulled MDV 1200-class mono-hull high speed craft built in 1999 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso, Italy (Yard No. 5965) as a Roll-On/Roll-Off carrier - High speed craft…
MV Stena Hollandica (2010) – Past and Present

MV Stena Hollandica (2010) – Past and Present

MV Stena Hollandica Ex Stena Britannica Stena Hollandica – © Simonwp (Felixstowe, 22/02/2019) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2010 by Wadan yard, Wismar,Germany (Yard No 159) for Stena…
MV Misida – Past and Present

MV Misida – Past and Present

MV Misida Misida  ©  Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 11/07/2008) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Sietas Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. Hamburg-Neuenfelde, Germany (Yard No 1282) as a Roll-On/Roll-Off…
MV Stena Vinga – Past and Present

MV Stena Vinga – Past and Present

MV Stena Vinga, ex Hammerodde - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2005 by B.V. Schps & Mfbk De Merwede v/h van Vliet & Co, Hardinxveld, Holland. (Yard No…
MV Spauwer – Past and Present

MV Spauwer – Past and Present

MV Spauwer Spauwer – © Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 21/06/2017) Steel twin  screw motor vessel built in by DaoDA Heavy Industries Qidong, China (Yard No DB006)and completed by Shipyard Trico B.V.Rotterdam,…
MV DC Vlaanderen 3000 – Past and Present

MV DC Vlaanderen 3000 – Past and Present

MV DC Vlaanderen 3000 Ex Orisant DC Vlaanderen 3000 – © Wil Weijsters (Terneuzen, 10/07/2017) Steel single screw motor vessel built 2002 in by Barkmeijer Stroobos NV Hellingstraat 10, 9872…
MV Disney Wonder – Past and Present

MV Disney Wonder – Past and Present

MV Disney Wonder - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Fincantieri, Marghera Shipyard, Venice, Italy (Yard No 5990) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Disney Cruise Lines,…
MV Stena Estrid – Past and Present

MV Stena Estrid – Past and Present

MV Stena Estrid - Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2019 by China Merchants Jinling Ltd (CMJL) (ex Avic Shipyard), Weihai, China (Yard No W0263) as…
MV Tertnes – Past and Present

MV Tertnes – Past and Present

MV Tertnes - Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1985 by Kleven Mek Verksted A/S, Ulsteinvik, Norway (Yard No 92) as a Bulk Carrier (Fall Pipe Self unloader)
MV Stena Forecaster – Past and Present

MV Stena Forecaster – Past and Present

MV Stena Forecaster - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China (Yard No RO123-2) as a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship for Stena RoRo, Gothenburg, Sweden
MV Stena Edda – Past and Present

MV Stena Edda – Past and Present

MV Stena Edda - Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2020 by China Merchants Jinling Ltd (CMJL) (ex Avic Shipyard), Weihai, China (Yard No W0264) as…
MV Galicia – Past and Present

MV Galicia – Past and Present

MV Galicia - Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2021 by China Merchants Jinling Ltd (CMJL) (ex Avic Shipyard), Weihai, China (Yard No W0267) as a…
MV Stena Forerunner – Past and Present

MV Stena Forerunner – Past and Present

MV Stena Forerunner - Steel twin screw 'Stena 4Runner Mk II' motor vessel built in 2003 by Dalian Shipyard, Dalian, China (Yard No RO123-3) as a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship
MV Beaumont – Past and Present

MV Beaumont – Past and Present

MV Beaumont Exam Damen Bergum 9350 Beaumont – © Frank Behrends (Terneuzen, 01/05/2009) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2005 by BV Scheepswerf Damen Bergum Industrieterrein Zuid, 9250 AA…
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