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 very much focused on the history of the local ferry fleets which have served the Port of Dover, the site has now been expanded to include all different vessel types from around the UK and Ireland.

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.

HSC Hoverspeed Boulogne (Incat 027) – Past and Present

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…
MV Argo – Past and Present

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…
HSC Cote d’Argent – Past and Present

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
MV European Seaway – Past and Present

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…
MV St Anselm – Past and Present

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…
HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

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,…
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…
MV Amadea – Past and Present

MV Amadea – Past and Present

MV Amadea, ex Asuka - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan. (Yard No 2050) for Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Tokyo, Japan. Launched April…
MV Albatros – Past and Present

MV Albatros – Past and Present

MV Albatros - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Oy Wartsila Ab, Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 397) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Royal Viking Line, Oslo,…
MV Ailsa Princess – Past and Present

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…
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