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Dover Eastern Docks - The Advent of Drive on Drive Off (1952-53)

Dover Eastern Docks – The Advent of Drive on Drive Off (1952-53)

It is probably hard to believe that it is now over sixty years since motorists were first able to drive their cars directly on and off the ships at the Port of Dover. We often take it for granted that we can drive into the port and drive directly on to our ship with the whole process taking a matter of minutes. Prior to this people taking their cars across the Channel watched from the quayside as their cars were crane loaded as cargo into the ship’s hold as they boarded the ship on foot via the gangway.

The Dover Train Ferry Dock 1936-1988

The Dover Train Ferry Dock 1936-1988

In 1933 Southern Railway undertook to order three new train ferries and to construct a train ferry dock at Dover. It was agreed that a site, lying between the South Pier and the base of the Admiralty Pier, would be suitable.

© Andreas Wörteler

HSC Stena Lynx I (Incat 031) – Past and Present

HSC Seacat Moorea, ex Mandarin, Ocean Flower, Avant, Stena Lynx, Stena Sea Lynx – Aluminium catamaran built in 1993 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 031) for Buquebus International, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. Launched February 7th 1993.

© Stéphane Poulain

HSC Stena Lynx III (Incat 040) – Past and Present

HSC Ocean Flower 2, ex Orange 1, Sunflower 2, Stena Lynx III, Elite, Stena Lynx III, P&O Stena Elite, Elite, Stena Lynx III – Aluminium catamaran built in 1996 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 040) for American Fast Ferries Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Stena Challenger – Past and Present

MV Leif Ericson, ex Stena Challenger – Steel motor vessel, built by Bruces Verkstad A/B, Landskrona , Sweden (Yard No. 20) and fitted out by Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim, Norway (Yard No. 44) in 1991 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry, for Stena Rederi AB, Gothenburg.

MV Stena Invicta - Past and Present

MV Stena Invicta – Past and Present

MV Color Viking, ex Stena Invicta, Peder Paars – Steel motor vessel, built by Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Denmark (233) for DSB (Danish State Railways) in 1985 (Yard No 233) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Chris Howell

HSC Hoverspeed Great Britain (Incat 025) – Past and Present

HSC High Speed Jet
ex Cosmos Jet, Sea Runner, Speedrunner 1, Emeraude GB, Hoverspeed Great Britain, Christopher Columbus

HSC High Speed Jet, ex Cosmos Jet, Sea Runner, Speedrunner 1, Emeraude GB, Hoverspeed Great Britain, Christopher Columbus – Aluminium catamaran built in 1990 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 025) for Hoverspeed Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. Launched January 28th 1990.

© Fotoflite

MV Northern Merchant – Past and Present

MV Zurbaran, ex Northern Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 289) for Cenargo (owners of Norse Merchant Ferries plc) as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry. 

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Brave Merchant – Past and Present

MV Aquarius Brasil, ex Brave Merchant – Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1999, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 288) for Cenargo as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

© Pieter Inpyn

MV Seafrance Monet – Past and Present

MV Volcan de Tacande, ex Seafrance Monet, Stena Londoner, Versailles, Stena Nautica – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia in 1974 (Yard No. 163) for Stena Ab, Göteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Fantasia – Past and Present

MV Wawel, ex Alkmini A, PO Canterbury, P&OSL Canterbury, Stena Fantasia, Fantasia, Fiesta, Tzarevetz, Scandinavia – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1979 by Kockums Varv (shipyard) AB, Malmo, Sweden (Yard No. 569), as SCANDINAVIA for Rederi AB Nordo, Sweden, a passenger and roll-on roll-off and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Ken Larwood

MV Pride of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Sher, ex Sherbatskiy, Oleander, P&OSL Picardy, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 2281) West Germany in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

MV Spirit of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Anthi Marina, ex Pride of Kent, Spirit of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, W Germany in 1979 (Yard No. 2279) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry