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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Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise IV – Past and Present

MV Tag El Salam – ex Falster Link, Free Enterprise IV – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 719), engined by Smit Kinderdijk V.O.F, for Townsend’s in 1969 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Andreas Wörteler Collection

MV Viking I – Past and Present

MV Edi, ex Media V, Viking I – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 158) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Ted Ingham

MV Free Enterprise III – Past and Present

MV Al Fahad – ex Mona’s Isle, Tamira, Free Enterprise III – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 538) Holland, for Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd, in 1966 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by J. & K. Smit, Kinderdijk.

TS Halladale - Past and Present

TS Halladale – Past and Present

TS Ferrymar III, ex Halladale, K-417 – Former Royal Naval “River” class frigate, built in 1944 by A. & J. Inglis Ltd., Pointhouse, Glasgow (Yard No 1266). Bought by Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd. in 1949 and converted into a car ferry by the Cork Dockyard Company at Rushbrooke (Cork Harbour), Eire

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Sally Star – Past and Present

MV Wasa Express, ex Betancuria, Thjelvar, Rostock, Thjelvar, Color Traveller, Thjelvar, Sally Star, Travemünde Link, Travemunde – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by OY Wartsila Ab Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 432) for Gedser-Travemunde Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark, as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry in 1981

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