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

© Ken Larwood

MV Koningin Beatrix – Past and Present

MV SNAV Adriatico, ex Stena Baltica, Koningin Beatrix – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in by Van der Giessen De Noord, Krimpen an de Ijssel, Holland (Yard No 935) in 1985 for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V (SMZ), Hoek van Holland, Holland, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Mike Jackson

Camber Infill & Berth 2 – (Part 2)

In January 1988 Dover Harbour Board confirmed that more sand would be dredged from the Goodwin Sands to reclaim the remainder of the Camber at the Eastern Docks. The Board obtained a licence from the Crown Estate to dredge the Goodwins and for every cubic metre of sand dredged the Harbour Board paid the Crown a fee.