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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“New” MV Merchant Venture – Past and Present

MV Basem I Ex Shahpaa I, Sunlight Bey, Warsun, Merchant Venture, Merchant Isle, Argenta, Med Adriatico, Farman. Merchant Venture – © Robbie […]

© Robbie Cox

MV Ibex – Past and Present

MV Envoy I, ex Reyes B, Envoy I, Envoy, European Envoy, Ibex, Norsky, Norsea, Ibex – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Tamano, Japan (Yard No 1163) as a RoRo Cargo/Passenger vessel for P&O Ferries Ltd (Pandoro)

© Brian Fisher

MV Viking Trader (1976) – Past and Present

MV Black Horses, ex Black Iris, European Navigator, Leopard, Viking Trader, Oyster Bay, Manuare VII, Caribbean Sky, Federal Nova, Goya, Stena Tender – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Linz-Korneuburg (Yard No 709) as a RoRo Cargo ship for Stena Line AB

© Aubrey Dale

MV Puma – Past and Present

MV Ant 2, ex Stena Seafarer, European Seafarer, Puma, Union Trader, Union Melbourne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft G.m.b.H. & Co, Hamburg (Yard No 577) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ship

© Tony Garner

MV Felicity – Past and Present

MV Rigel II, ex Scandinavia, Visborg, Visby, Stena Felicity, Felicity, Visby – Steel twin screw ”Visby Class” motor vessel built in 1980 by Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona (Yard No 278 ) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry

© Dennis Mortimer

MV Azamara Pursuit – Past and Present

MV Azamara Pursuit, ex Adonia, Royal Princess, Minerva II, R8 – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, Frankrike (Yard No Z31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship