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The Night Ferry - Shipping Timeline

The Night Ferry – Shipping Timeline

Introduced on the night of the 14th-15th October 1936, the Night Ferry was an international sleeper train operating between London Victoria and Paris Gare du Nord. In later years Brussels was also served. The service was operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, SNCF (French National Railways) and the Southern Railway.

MV Essex Ferry (II) - Past and Present

MV Essex Ferry (II) – Past and Present

MV Essex Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1957 at John Brown & Co., (Clydebank) Ltd (Yard No 694) for British Railways as a passenger and train ferry.

© 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.

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.

© Ken Larwood

MV Vortigern – Past and Present

MV Limon, ex Nisos Limnos, Milos Express, Vortigern – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Swan, Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders (Yard No.10) at their Wallsend-on-Tyne yard for the British Railways Board in 1969 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles.

MV Saint Germain - Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri A/S Helsingor, Denmark, (Yard No 303), for the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) in 1951.

© A G Jones

TS Shepperton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Shepperton Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1450), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

TS Hampton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Tre-Arddur, ex Hampton Ferry, HMS Hampton – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading train ferries ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1448), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

TS Twickenham Ferry - Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1446).

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.