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 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 lose connection with the port town of Dover.

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.

Past and Present Archive

MV Pointer – Past and Present

MV Kapetan Christos, ex Alastair, Fehim Bey, Zebbug, Pointer, Preseli, Antwerpen, Isartal – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Krögerwerft G.m.b.H., Rendsburg, Germany  (Yard No 1356) as a RoRo Cargo ship

© Barry Graham

MV Stena Lagan – Past and Present

MV Stena Lagan, ex Lagan Seaways, Lagan Viking – Steel twin screw “NAOS241” motor vessel, built in  2005 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard No. 212) as a Ro-Ro Passenger ship

© Carsten Dettmer

MV Stena Mersey – Past and Present

MV Stena Mersey, ex Mersey Seaways, Mersey Viking – Steel twin screw “NAOS241” motor vessel, built in  2005 by C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard No. 213) as a Ro-Ro Passenger ship

© Erwin Willemse

MV Vasco Da Gama – Past and Present

MV Vasco Da Gama, ex Pacific Eden, Statendam – Steel twin screw motor vessel (Statendam Class or ‘S’ Class) built in 1993 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy. (Yard No 5881) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Holland America Line

© Wolfgang Kramer

MV Regal Princess (1991) – Past and Present

MV Pacific Dawn, ex Regal Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italiani, Monfalcone, Italy (Yard No 5840) as a Passenger (Cruise) Vessel for Sitmar Cruises

© Steven Brown

MV European Mariner – Past and Present

MV European Mariner, ex European Highlander, Lion, Merchant Valiant, Salahala – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1978 by Rickmers Werft, GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. (Yard No. 390) as a RoRo Cargo ship

© Sydney Sinclair

MV Magellan – Past and Present

MV Magellan, ex Grand Holiday, Carnival Holiday, Holiday – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1985 by Danyard Aalborg AS, Aalborg. Denmark (Yard No 246) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for Carnival Cruise Lines

MV Ionic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Tamerlane, ex Kamasin, Ionic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1958 at Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton,  (Yard No 1493) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo ferry for the Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

© Patrick Hill

MV Norwave – Past and Present

MV Italia Express, ex Norwave – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1966 by A.G.”Weser” Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 898) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry

© Simonwp

MV Norwind – Past and Present

MV Grecia Express, ex Norwind – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1966 by A.G.”Weser” Werk Seebeck, Bremerhaven, (Yard No 899) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry

© Cees Bustraan

MV Arcadia – Past and Present

MV Arcadia, ex Queen Victoria – Steel twin Azipod ‘Vista Class’ motor vessel built in 2005 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Nav. Italiani S.p.A. Porto Marghera, Italy (Yard No 6078) as a Passenger (Cruise) ship for P&O Cruises

© Jim McFaul

MV Bardic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Nasim II, ex Bardic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1957 at Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton, Scotland (Yard No  1489) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for the Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd