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

© National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

MV Penda – Past and Present

MV Express Ex Caribbean Express, Peveril, nf Jaguar, Penda, ASD Meteor, Holmia Penda – © National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library […]

MV Dalriada – Past and Present

MV Lampung Ex Mesuji, Wolin, Sarmacja, Trailer, Trader, Stena Trader, Viking Trader, Dalriada, Stena Trailer Dalriada – Nigel Thornton Collection Steel twin […]

© Pieter Melissen

MV RoRo Dania – Past and Present

MV RoRo Dania Ex Nanomark RoRo Dania – © Pieter Melissen Steel twin screw motor vessel built in1972 by Ankerløkken Verft, Glommen […]

© Simonwp

MV Tidero Star – Past and Present

MV Aegean Glory Ex Tolosa, Vilja, Tidero Star, Anzere. Anzere – © Simonwp (Immingham, 07/04/1982) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in […]

© Brian Fisher

MV Saint Colum I – Past and Present

MV Express P Ex Express Poseidon, Poseidon Express 2, Dimitrios Express, Kadia Express, Dimitrios Express, Saint Colum I, Saint Patrick (I) Saint […]