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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Dover © Ray Goodfellow

HSC Norman Arrow (Incat 066) – Past and Present

HSC Express I, ex KatExpress I, Norman Arrow, MGC 066 – Aluminium catamaran built in 2009 by Incat Tasmania Pty. Ltd, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 066) for MCG Chartering Limited. Christened on December 24th 2008.

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

HSC Hoverspeed Boulogne (Incat 027) – Past and Present

HSC Atlantic Express, ex Golden Blaze, Pescara Jet, Zara Jet, Pescara Jet, Seacat Danmark, Seacatamaran Danmark, Hoverspeed Boulogne, Hoverspeed Belgium – Aluminium catamaran built in 1991 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 027) for Hoverspeed Ltd, (Sea Containers Ltd) Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. Launched October 29th 1991.

© Ken Larwood

MV Argo – Past and Present

MV Ammari, ex Sally Euroway, Norcove, Argo – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Kroger werft GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany (Yard no 1391) for Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Sons, Bremen, Germany, as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Stéphane Poulain Collection

HSC Cote D’Argent – Past and Present

HSC Cote D’Argent – SEDAM type N500 naviplane Hovercraft built in 1976 by Sedam, Pauillac, France (Yard No 1) for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de fer Frances (SNCF), France. Launched November 15th 1976

© Ian Collard

MV European Seaway – Past and Present

MV European Seaway – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 1075) Germany for P&O European Ferries (managed by Sutton Ltd) in 1991 as a commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. Launched April, 20th, 1991

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

MV St Anselm – Past and Present

MV Bari, ex Isla de Botafoc, Stena Cambria, St Anselm – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1715), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Stéphane Poulain

HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Anne (GH 2007) – “Mountbatten” (SRN ‘Super’ 4) Hovercraft built in 1968 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 004) for Seaspeed, Dover, England

MV Anderida - Past and Present

MV Anderida – Past and Present

MV CTMA Voyageur, ex Anderida – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 at Trosvik Verksted A/S Brevik, Norway (Yard No 95) for Stena AB, Göteborg as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Dover Ferry Photos Archive

MV Ailsa Princess – Past and Present

MV New Cambay Prince – ex New Caribbean Princess, Express Adonis, Naias Express, Dimitri, Earl Harold, Ailsa Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Ansaldo & Co, Genoa at Cantieri Navale, Breda, Venice in 1971 (Yard No. 272) for Sealink U.K. Ltd., as a passenger Roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. She was registered in London engined by Pielstick- Crossley.

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