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

© Ken Larwood

MV Euromagique – Past and Present

MV Magi, ex Euromagique, Attika, Naesborg, Dana Corona, Naesborg, Kaprifol – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Ab Lödöse Varv, Lödöse. (Yard No 169) as Roll on Roll off (RoRo) Cargo vessel

© Ted Ingham

MV Suffolk Ferry – Past and Present

MV Suffolk Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1947 at John Brown & Co., (Clydebank) Ltd (Yard No 638) for The British Transport Commission (L.N.E.R. Harwich) as a passenger and train ferry

© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

MV Norfolk Ferry – Past and Present

MV Norfolk Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1951 at John Brown & Co., (Clydebank) Ltd (Yard No 661) for The British Railways, Southern Region as a passenger and train ferry

TSMV Lymington (II) – Past and Present

TSMV Sound of Sanda, ex Lymington (II) – Steel twin screw double ended vessel built in 1938 at William Denny Brothers, Dumbarton (Yard Number. 1322) for British Railways Board, London, England as a Motor Car Ferry (Double-ended)