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

© John Wilson

MV Sirena – Past and Present

MV Ocean Princess, ex Tahitian Princess, R Four – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No O31) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Renaissance Cruises, Monrovia, Liberia

© Patrick Hill

MV Breizh-Izel – Past and Present

MV Duchess M, ex Balbeck, Duchess M, Breizh-Izel, Iniochos Express, Rata Hills, Wanaka – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Taikoo Dockyard & Eng. Co, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (Yard no 598) for Union Steamship, Wellington, New Zealand as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

© Ken Larwood

MV Duchesse Anne – Past and Present

MV Dubrovnik, ex Duchesse Anne, Connacht – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 at Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No 955) for B&I Steam Packet Co, Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.