© Nigel ThorntonMV Dovorian – Past and Present

MV Dovorian

© Ashley Hunn

© Ashley Hunn

Glass reinforced plastic hulled, twin screw Aqua-Star Nelson 42, built in 2006 by Goodchild Marine Services Ltd, Burgh Castle nr Great Yarmouth (Yard No. DHB42-001), for Dover Harbour Board as a harbour patrol/pilot vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 12.80m
  • Breadth of Hull: 3.98m (moulded)
  • Draught: 1.08m
  • Tonnage: 13 tons displacement
  • Engines: 2 x Scania D19 46M diesels
  • Power: 259kw (352 bhp at 2,200 rpm)
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Capacity: 7 Passengers (max)
  • Call Sign: MNDF9
  • MMSI Number: 235037385
  • Registry: United Kingdom


“The hull is a one-piece moulding manufactured by Aqua-Star, Guernsey at their own yard and delivered to Goodchild Marine as a complete hull incorporating girders, stingers, transverse frames and bulkheads. A one-piece GRP deck moulding manufactured on the premises by Goodchild was bonded to the hull with mechanical fastenings, adhesive and over-bonding. Wheelhouse and superstructure were also produced on site and constructed as a balsa cored, one-piece moulding bonded to the main deck. The forward coach style roof has a bolted, removable section to enable the engines to be removed.” (www.maritimejournal.com)

October 11th 2006: Formally introduced and christened, by Mrs Dibble the wife of Dover Harbour Board’s then chairman. She replaced DIPLOMAT.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

© Ray Goodfellow 2014  lillarge23

© Ray Goodfellow

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Alan Goodchild , Ashley Hunn and Ted Ingham for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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

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