Roy Thornton CollectionChristmas Past at the Port of Dover

25/12/2016: Gallery updated - NT

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This article was originally published on the 1st December 2012 but with the festive season rapidly approaching it’s time to resurrect an old favourite. As can be seen below, the ferries have certainly changed over the years (in both number and in size) but there is still one tradition that remains and that is the local fleet’s official day of rest, Christmas Day. In these days of 24 hour operations at the Port of Dover it is very rare to see the ships laid up. – Ray


Christmas trees on masts were in vogue in 1967

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

(When all that started and stopped, I have no idea)

© John Hendy


……Boxing Day 1979 – “the FE I had finished service on Christmas Eve and was spending her last Christmas in the port before sailing for Tilbury to lay-up pending sale.” (and trees were still with us)

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

© John Hendy


A bit of colour was added in 1982

© Ken Larwood

1982, © Ken Larwood


1983…..It was back to Black & White and, just like in 1982, there was not a parking space to be had!

© John Hendy  © John Hendy

1983, © John Hendy


1984…Was when pics really started to be collected…

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Roy Thornton Collection

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1986……. Still a colourful sight!!

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Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection


In 1991, at Folkestone, “The Anglo Saxon” twins rested

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© John Hendy


1992…..All was blue!

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Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection


1996.. Was the last time we had a full harbour?

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

1996, © Mike Jackson (all)


2000… A lonely “Racehorse” in the P&O Stena Line herd

© Mike Jackson

2000, © Mike Jackson


2003.…..the loneliness continued. Bored yet?

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

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2003, (scan) © Nigel Thornton


In 2004 the Pride of Calais hid in the Cruise Terminal car park

 © Nigel Thornton

2004,  © Nigel Thornton

 © Mike Jackson

 © Mike Jackson


and 2005….. Was my first real attempt at digital….

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

2005, © Nigel Thornton (all)


2006… I tried from different angles

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

2006, © Nigel Thornton (both)


… 2007 was “Gloomy”

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

2007, © Nigel Thornton (all)


and……Everybody went home for Christmas in 2008….

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

2008, © Nigel Thornton (both)


…….which was followed by 2009 and….

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 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

2009, © Nigel Thornton

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)


……2010. The seagulls decided Christmas Day, for Dover Ferry Photos, had finally become boring!

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)


….but no! A selection from the port in 2011!

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 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

 © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

© Ed Connell

© Ed Connell

© Ed Connell (26/12/2011)


What will there be in 2012 ?????? Errr…these

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© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)


Well 2013, I got it completely wrong. Having to be somewhere mid morning my only photo opportunity was at a time when the sun (remember that?) was in the wrong place!

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

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© NigelThornton

© NigelThornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

© "andrew757"

© Andrew Smith

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)


2014: Well, less ships and very quiet!

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)


2015

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)


Here we are again, the annual pilgrimage,  still going strong! 2016

(Assorted pics)

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© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

…Finally Stena Nordica (ex Malo Seaways) en-route to Dublin 

(Really, it is her, I promise!)

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)


 Ed Connell, John Hendy, Ken Larwood, Mike Jackson and Andrew Smith for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

2 Comments

  1. Hello Nigel and Ray, i like to tell you that you have a fantastic, great, wonderful website, maybe more but it seems more than enough.
    To wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2015
    Sincerely, Henk from Netherlands

    1. Hi Henk,

      Thank you very much for your kind words, I am sure I can talk on Nigel’s behalf here and say that we really appreciate them. I apologise that I haven’t been in contact recently but working in retail this time of year results in very little free time to indulge in this hobby. Thankfully Christmas will soon be over (well there is another 20 hours of work to undertake) and normal service from my perspective will be restored 🙂 I have a weeks leave booked for early January and I intend on catching up with the website and my emails then.

      I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and a very happy new year and I will be in contact soon.

      Ray

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