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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© A G Jones

MV St Christopher – Past and Present

MV European Star, IBN Batouta, ex Stena Antrim, St Christopher – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1716) for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Senlac – Past and Present

MV Apollon, ex  Express Apollon, Apollo Express, Senlac – Steel twin screw motor vessel built at the Arsenal de Brest , (Yard No. CF 3), for the British Railways Board in 1972.

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Prince Laurent – Past and Present

MV Superferry II, ex Prince Laurent – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by N.V. Boelwerf S. A., Temse, (Yard No. 1477) in 1974 for the Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Princesse-Marie Christine – Past and Present

MV Elegant I, ex Primrose, Princesse-Marie Christine – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 878) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire

© Bob Scott

MV Saint Eloi – Past and Present

MV Aeolos, ex Moby Love, Moby Love 2, King Orry, Channel Entente, Saint Eloi – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cantieri Navali di Pietra Ligure, Genoa. Italy (Yard No. 12) for the Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (or A.L.A. for short) in 1972 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles.

© Bob Scott

Mv Prinses Maria-Esmeralda – Past and Present

MV Al Arabia, ex Aqaba Express, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Prinses Maria Esmeralda – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 877) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

Mv Prins Albert (III) – Past and Present

MV Voyager, ex Eurovoyager, Prins Albert (III) – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken, (Yard No. 887) in 1978 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

TS Holyhead Ferry I - Past and Present

TS Holyhead Ferry I – Past and Present

TS Earl Leofric, ex Holyhead Ferry I – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Hawthorn, Leslie, Newcastle-on-Tyne, in 1965 (Yard No. 757) for the British Railways Board (London Midland Region) Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire service

MV Côte Des Flandres - Past and Present

MV Côte Des Flandres – Past and Present

MV Côte Des Flandres, ex Berlioz – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Chantiers Atlantique, France in 2004 (Yard No.032) for Seafrance SA as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry.