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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© Saga

NEWS: New ships for the Saga cruise fleet

It’s full steam ahead for Saga Cruises which has today announced plans to update its shipping capacity, with an all-new Saga cruise ship expected to be delivered in Summer 2019 and the option to order a second for delivery in 2021. The ships will be built by the renowned Meyer Werft shipyard – a recognised leader in cruise ship construction.

© Ken Larwood

MV Olau Britannia (II) – Past and Present

MV GNV Atlas, ex SNAV Lazio, Pride of Portsmouth, Olau Britannia (2) – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1068) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

MV Costa Pacifica - Past and Present

MV Costa Pacifica – Past and Present

MV Costa Pacifica – Steel twin screw ‘Concordia’ class motor vessel built in 2009 by Fincantieri, Marghera, Venice, Italy (Yard No 6148) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Costa Crociere, Genoa, Italy.

© Federico Bolognini

MV Costa Fortuna – Past and Present

MV Costa Fortuna – Steel twin screw ‘Destiny’ class motor vessel built by Fincantieri, Sestri Ponente, Genova, Italy (Yard no 6086) in 2003 as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Costa Crociere, Genoa.

© Will Weijsters

MV Costa Favolosa – Past and Present

MV Costa Favolosa – Steel twin screw ‘Concordia’ class motor vessel built in 2011 by Fincantieri, Marghera, Venice, Italy (Yard No 6188) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Costa Crociere, Genoa, Italy.

© Simonwp

MV King Seaways – Past and Present

MV King Seaways, ex King of Scandinavia, Val De Loire, Nils Holgersson – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1987 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1059) for Wallenius Safe Felicia Ab, Trelleborg as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Pride of Hull – Past and Present

MV Pride of Hull – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 2001 by Fincantieri-Cantieri Nav. Italiani S.p.A. (Breda), Venedig, Italy (Yard No. 6066), for P&O North Sea Ferries, Rozenburg, Holland as a passenger car, and commercial vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.

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