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

© Capt Jan Melchers

MV Norstar – Past and Present

MV SNAV Campania, ex Norstar – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by AG ‘Weser’, Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 973) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England

© Simonwp

MV Norland – Past and Present

MV SNAV Sicilia, ex Norland – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 by AG ‘Weser’, Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 972) for North Sea Ferries, Hull, England

© Cees Bustraan

GTS Serenade of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Serenade of the Seas – Steel twin Azipod ‘Radiance Class’ gas turbine vessel built in 2003 by Meyer Werft GmbH & Co, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 657) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Royal Caribbean International (RCI).