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.

Related Vessel Archives

Nigel Thornton Collection

TS Cote D’Argent (I) – Past and Present

SS Ostmark, ex Cote D’Argent (I) – Steel twin screw turbine ship, built for Societe Anonyme de Gérance et d’Armement. by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, Le Havre in 1932 for the Calais-Dover service

Nigel Thornton Collection

TS Cote D’Azur (I) – Past and Present

SS Elsass, ex Cote D’Azur (I) – Steel twin screw turbine ship, built for Societe Anonyme de Gérance et d’Armement. by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, Le Havre in 1930 for the Calais-Dover service

Courtesy of John Hendy

MV Olau Hollandia (II) – Past and Present

MV GNV Cristal, ex SNAV Sardegna, Pride of Le Havre, Olau Hollandia (II) – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1989 at Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, Germany (Yard No 1067) as a passenger car and commercial vehicle trailer ferry.

© 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.