Past and Present

 

In September of 2006 Nigel Thornton joined the website and started compiling his hugely popular ‘Past and Present‘ features. These features profile the timeline of an individual vessel through photography and historical information.

Originally very much focused on the history of the local ferry fleets which have served the Port of Dover, the site has now been expanded to include all different vessel types from around the UK and Ireland.

To help website visitors take their minds of the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020/21 Nigel started to take requests for Past and Present features which have resulted in a large number of updates to the website.


MV Acacia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Acacia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Acacia Seaways Ex Meleq Meleq – © Bob Scott (Gravesend, 17/10/2019) Steel twin screw “RoRo 4100” motor vessel built in 2017 by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft GmbH& Co KG, Flensburg, Germany…
MV Mustafa Yagci – Past and Present

MV Mustafa Yagci – Past and Present

MV Mustafa Yagci Ex Yilmaz 21 Mustafa Yagci – © Jens Boldt (Hamburg-Finkenwerder, 17/04/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2006 by Medyilmaz Gemi Insa Sanayi ve Ticaret AS,…
MV Botnia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Botnia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Botnia Seaways Ex Tor Botnia, Finnmaster Finnmaster – © Simonwp (Hull, 06/08/2005) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jinling Shipyard, Nanjing, China (Yard No 701) as…
MV Charles Island – Past and Present

MV Charles Island – Past and Present

MV Charles Island Charles Island – © Erwin Willemse (IJmuiden, 19/04/2019) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Danyard, Frederikshavn, Denmark (Yard No 718) as a Refrigerated Cargo…
MV Angara – Past and Present

MV Angara – Past and Present

MV Angara Ex Fleet Star, Ocean Energy, BBC Karan, BBC Arctic, Scan Arctic, Rickmers Arctic, Scan Arctic Angara – © Fabian Vornholt (Kiel, 12/02/2021) Steel single screw motor vessel built…
MV Maxine – Past and Present

MV Maxine – Past and Present

MV Maxine Ex Gothnia Seaways, Slingeborg, Flender No 678 Gothia Seaways – © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 16/08/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Flender Werft AG, Lübeck,…
MV Wilson Ghent – Past and Present

MV Wilson Ghent – Past and Present

MV Wilson Ghent Ex Northern Loknes, Northern Larsnes   Wilson Ghent © Wil Weijsters (Rotterdam,  16/02/2008) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Slovenske Lodenice AS. Komarno, Slovakia…
MV Amke – Past and Present

MV Amke – Past and Present

MV AMKE Ex Strandplate Amke – © Wil Weijsters (Bosphorus, 22/06/2009) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2006 by Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering Co. Ltd., Taizhou (Yard No SF6500-2)…
MV Aurora (Cargo Vessel) – Past and Present

MV Aurora (Cargo Vessel) – Past and Present

MV Aurora Ex Veendiep, Wisaforest Aurora © Fabian Vornholt  (16/10/2020) Steel single screw “Trader 7800” motor vessel built in 2002 by Bodewes Hoogezand B.V. Hoogezand. The Netherlands (Yard No 607)…
MV Abermarle Island – Past and Present

MV Abermarle Island – Past and Present

MV Abermarle Island Abermarle Island © Stan Muller (Antwerp, 06/09/2008) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Danyard, Frederikshavn, Denmark (Yard No 716) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship…
MV Global Freighter – Past and Present

MV Global Freighter – Past and Present

MV Global Freighter Ex Stena Freighter, Jolly Turchese, Jolly Giallo, Stena Freighter, Merzario Ausonia. Global Freighter © Simonwp (Travemunde, 01/10/2010) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Hyundai…
MV City of Valletta – Cargo from the Past

MV City of Valletta – Cargo from the Past

MV Kota Jade Ex City of Valletta, Athenian City of Valletta © Ken Lubi (Tyne, 16/09/1977) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1966 by Henry Robb & Co Ltd,…
MV Blue Star I – Past and Present

MV Blue Star I – Past and Present

MV Blue Star I Ex Superferry Atlantic Blue Star I © Carsten Dettmer (Syros, 18/08/2019) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Van der Gissen de Noord, Krimpen…
MV Global Carrier – Past and Present

MV Global Carrier – Past and Present

MV Global Carrier Ex Stena Carrier, Jolly Smeraldo, Jolly Bruno, Stena Carrier, Imparca Miami, Stena Carrier, Imparca Express I Global Carrier © Tim Becker (Travemunde, 02/10/2011) Steel twin screw “Stena…
MV Aasfjord – Past and Present

MV Aasfjord – Past and Present

MV Aasfjord Ex Humberborg Aasfjord © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 20/02/2016) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2006 by Maritim Sp. z.o.o. Gdansk Poland (Yard No 826)(Hull) & Royal Niestern Sander…
MV Pelagos – Past and Present

MV Pelagos – Past and Present

MV Pelagos Ex Liverpool Seaways, Liverpool Viking, Lagan Viking Pelagos © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 02/09/2020) Steel twin screw “NAOS 109” motor vessel built in 1997 by Cantieri Navale “Visentini” di…
MV San Blas (II) – Cargo from the Past

MV San Blas (II) – Cargo from the Past

MV Malayan Victory Ex San Blas (II)(1967) San Blas (II) Courtesy of Chris Howell Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1967 by Eriksberg Mekaniska Verkstad A/B, Gothenburg, Sweden (Yard…
MV Wilson Dordrecht – Past and Present

MV Wilson Dordrecht – Past and Present

MV Wilson Dordrecht Ex Kine, Countess Julia, Svenja Wilson Dordrecht © Tim Becker (Lübeck Lehmannkai 3,  19/05/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Slovenske Lodenice A.S. Rolnickej…
MV Finnforest – Past and Present

MV Finnforest – Past and Present

MV Finnforest Ex Bore Britannica, Stena Britannica, Stena Hispania, Kotka Violet, Stena Hispania, Merzario Hispania, Atlantic Project, Stena Project FinnForest © Simonwp (Travemunde, 01/04/2010) Steel twin screw “Stena Searunner” class…
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