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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MV Seafreight Highway - Past and Present

MV Seafreight Highway – Past and Present

MV Urd, ex Seafreight Highway, Easy Rider – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania S.P.A. Marina di Carrara, Italy (Yard No. 2119) for Castello Hellas Shipping Co, Piraeus, Greece in 1981 as a commercial vehicle ferry

© Mike Sartin

GTS (20) Prinses Stephanie – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Yume, ex Seajet Kristen, Adler Wizard, Prinses Stephanie – Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 20) for Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium.

© Mike Sartin

GTS (19) Princesse Clementine – Past and Present

GTS Seven Island Niji, ex Seajet Kara, Alderney Blizzard, Adler Blizzard, Princesse Clementine – Aluminium 929-115 series Jetfoil high speed passenger ferry built in 1981 by Boeing Jetfoil Industries, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (Yard No 19) for Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Ostend, Belgium.

© Cees Bustraan

MV Empress of the Seas – Past and Present

MV Empress of the Seas, ex Empress, Nordic Empress – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1990 by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France (Yard No G29) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Admiral Cruises.

© Ken Larwood

MV Dawn Merchant – Past and Present

MV Kaiarahi, ex Norman Trader, Dawn Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1998, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 287) for Cenargo as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

MV Midnight Merchant - Past and Present

MV Midnight Merchant – Past and Present

MV Finbo Cargo, ex European Endeavour, Midnight Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 290) for Cenargo (owners of Norse Merchant Ferries plc) as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

© Cedric Hacke

Mv Larkspur – Past and Present

MV Lucky Star – ex Larks, Larkspur, Eurotraveller, Sally Sky, Viking 2, Gedser – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser Ag, Bremerhaven (Yard No. 2269) in 1976 for Gedser-Travemunde Ruten A/S, Gedser Denmark.