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

© 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.

© 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.