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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© Edson de Lima Lucas

MV Minerva – Past and Present

MV Minerva – ex Saga Pearl, Okean – Steel twin screw motor vessel originally part-built in 1990 at Okean Shipyard, Nikolayev, Soviet Union (Yard No 1) as a research ship, the partially completed the hull being which was sold to Swan Hellenic Cruises, Nassau, Bahamas, in 1994 and fully completed at T. Mariotti Yard, Genoa, Italy (Yard No 595)

© Fotoflite

MV Olau Kent – Past and Present

MV Apollo, ex Corbiere, Benodet, Gelting Nord, Olau Kent, Apollo – Twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 560) for Ab Slite/Rederi Ab Volo as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry.

MV Pacific Princess - Past and Present

MV Pacific Princess – Past and Present

MV Pacific Princess, ex R Three – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No N31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Renaissance Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

© John Wilson

MV Costa NeoRomantica – Past and Present

MV Costa NeoRomantica, ex Costa Romantica – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Fincantieri, C.N. Italiana (Breda), Venedig, Italy (Yard No 5899), for Costa Crociere, Naples, Italy

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