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Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Galloway Princess – Past and Present

MV Le Rif, ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by  Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1713), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Crossley-Pielstick.

© A G Jones

MV St Christopher – Past and Present

MV European Star, IBN Batouta, ex Stena Antrim, St Christopher – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1716) for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Senlac – Past and Present

MV Apollon, ex  Express Apollon, Apollo Express, Senlac – Steel twin screw motor vessel built at the Arsenal de Brest , (Yard No. CF 3), for the British Railways Board in 1972.

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Prince Laurent – Past and Present

MV Superferry II, ex Prince Laurent – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by N.V. Boelwerf S. A., Temse, (Yard No. 1477) in 1974 for the Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Princesse-Marie Christine – Past and Present

MV Elegant I, ex Primrose, Princesse-Marie Christine – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 878) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire

© Bob Scott

MV Saint Eloi – Past and Present

MV Aeolos, ex Moby Love, Moby Love 2, King Orry, Channel Entente, Saint Eloi – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cantieri Navali di Pietra Ligure, Genoa. Italy (Yard No. 12) for the Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (or A.L.A. for short) in 1972 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles.

MV Côte Des Flandres - Past and Present

MV Côte Des Flandres – Past and Present

MV Côte Des Flandres, ex Berlioz – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Chantiers Atlantique, France in 2004 (Yard No.032) for Seafrance SA as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry.

Dover Port News, Roy Thornton Collection

Admiralty Pier Train Ferry Berth

With ships becoming much larger only vessels built up to and before the early 1970’s could fit into the original train ferry dock situated within Dover Western Docks. The new generation of ships that were then being developed were twice the size in terms of size and capacity and they could make up to five round trips of the busy Dover Straits each day.

© Fotoflite

MV Cambridge Ferry – Past and Present

MV Sirio, ex Ita Uno, Cambridge Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built by Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd, Hebburn, England, (Yard No. 754) for the British Railways Board in 1965.

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Nord Pas-de-Calais – Past and Present

MV Al Andalus Express, ex Nord Pas-de-Calais, Seafrance Nord Pas-de-Calais, Nord Pas-de-Calais – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Chantiers du Nord et de la Méditerranée SA, Dunkirk, (Yard No 325) for Societe Nationale des Chemin de Fer Francais (SNCF), Paris in 1987 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for lorries and railway vehicles