It is probably hard to believe that it is now over sixty years since motorists were first able to drive their cars directly on and off the ships at the Port of Dover. We often take it for granted that we can drive into the port and drive directly on to our ship with the whole process taking a matter of minutes. Prior to this people taking their cars across the Channel watched from the quayside as their cars were crane loaded as cargo into the ship’s hold as they boarded the ship on foot via the gangway.
Port of Dover Archive
In 1933 Southern Railway undertook to order three new train ferries and to construct a train ferry dock at Dover. It was agreed that a site, lying between the South Pier and the base of the Admiralty Pier, would be suitable.
MV Dovorian – Glass reinforced plastic hulled, twin screw Aqua-Star Nelson 42, built in 2006 by Goodchild Marine Services Ltd, Burgh Castle nr Great Yarmouth (Yard No. DHB42-001), for Dover Harbour Board as a harbour patrol/pilot vessel