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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© Patrick Hill

MV Leopard – Past and Present

MV Talya I, ex Countess M, Leopard – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1968 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes (Yard No. 16/109), fitted out at Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

© Brian Fisher

MV Dragon – Past and Present

MV Millennium Express II, ex Ionic Ferry, Dragon – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1967 by Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes (Yard No. 16/108), fitted out at Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes (Yard No 824) as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Simonwp

MV Speedlink Vanguard – Past and Present

MV Boa Vista, ex Bonavista, Normandie Shipper, Kirk Shipper, Stena Shipper, Karibe Express, Speedlink Vanguard, Stena Shipper, Alpha Express, Union Wellington, Stena Shipper – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1973 by A Vuyk & Zonen’s Scheepswerven B.V Capelle a/d, Ijssel, Holland, (Yard No. 864), for Stena Ab, Göteborg as a roll-on/roll-off vehicle ferry

© Simonwp

MV Sally Eurobridge – Past and Present

MV Riverdance, ex Sally Eurobridge, Schiaffino – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1977 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No. 389), for Oskar Wehr KG, Hamburg as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Ostend Way – Past and Present

MV Bostan N, ex Ostend Way, Sapphire, Rovinga, Azua, Rovinga, Balder Vinga – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1980 by Karlskronavarvet AB, Karlskrona, Sweden (Yard No. 398), for Engström & Larson, Lysekil, Sweden as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Ipswich Way – Past and Present

MV Istanbul N, ex Ipswich Way, Rodona, Balder Dona – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1980 by Karlskronavarvet AB, Karlskrona, Sweden (Yard No. 397), for Engström & Larson, Lysekil, Sweden as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry.

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