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

PMV Farringford – Past and Present

PMV Farringford – Steel double ended diesel-electric paddle vessel built in 1947 at Wm Denny & Bros Ltd., Dumbarton (Yard No. 1402) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Freshwater (II) – Past and Present

MV Sound of Seil, ex Freshwater (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1959 at Ailsa SB Company, Troon (Yard Number. 505) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© British Railways Board

MV Fishbourne (II) – Past and Present

MV Kibris I, ex Fishbourne (II) – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1318) for British Railways Board, London, England as a RoRo Cargo/Ferry

© J K Byass

MV Camber Queen – Past and Present

MV Mira Troia, ex Camber Queen – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended vessel built in 1961 at Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (Yard Number. 1319) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

British Railways Board

MV Cenred – Past and Present

MV Cenred – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended “C Class” vessel built at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (yard no. 562) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© British Railways Board

MV Cenwulf – Past and Present

MV Cenwulf – Steel twin screw double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1973 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 561) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© British Railways Board

MV Cuthred – Past and Present

MV Mira Praia, ex Clemtyne, Cuthred – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1969 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 498) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry