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 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.