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 Queen Elizabeth (2010) – Past and Present

MV Queen Elizabeth (2010) – Past and Present

MV Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth – © Aleksi Lindström  (Helsinki West Harbour from Stockholm, 07/06/2011) Steel Twin Azipod “Vista Class” diesel electric motor vessel built in 2010 by Fincantieri-Cantieri Nav.…
MV Mekhanik Pustoshnyy – Past and Present

MV Mekhanik Pustoshnyy – Past and Present

MV Mekhanik Pustoshnyy Mekhanik Pustoshnyy – © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 01052021 Erwin Willemse aIjmuiden, 06/08/2012) Steel single screw “Mekhanik Yartsev class” motor vessel built in 1992 by Österreichische Schiffswerften AG (ÖSWAG)…
MV Finlandia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Finlandia Seaways – Past and Present

MV Finlandia Seaways Ex Tor Finlandia, Finnreel, Finnmaid  Finlandia Seaways – © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 30/08/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Jinling Shipyard, Yanjiang Road 55#,…
MV Humbergracht – Past and Present

MV Humbergracht – Past and Present

MV Humbergracht Ex HHL Tyne, Tyne, BBC Montana Humbergracht – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 08/02/2019)  Steel  screw “Beluga EF-240/Beluga Efficiency design” motor vessel built in 2009 by Taizhou Sanfu Ship…
MV Frisium – Past and Present

MV Frisium – Past and Present

MV Frisium Ex Thalassa Frisium – © Aleksi Lindström (Terneuzen locks, 16/06/2015) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Scheepswerf Peters B.V. Haatlandhaven 1 8263 AS Kampen. The…
MV Akedemik Zavaniskiy – Cargo from the Past

MV Akedemik Zavaniskiy – Cargo from the Past

MV Akedemik Zavaniskiy Ex Akademikis Zavarickis, Akademik Zavaniskiy Akademikis Zavaritskiy – © Erwin Willemse (IJmuiden, 05/09/2012) Steel single screw motor vessel built 1986 in by Aalborg Vaerft, Denmark (Yard No…
MV BBC Magellan – Past and Present

MV BBC Magellan – Past and Present

MV BBC Magellan Ex Extum BBC Magellan – © Aleksi Lindström  (Rendsberg, 25/06/2017) Steel single screw” BBC Atlantic class” motor vessel built in 2010 by Dalian Fishing Vessel Co. (Yard…
MV Fonnland – Past and Present

MV Fonnland – Past and Present

MV Fonnland Ex Aura, Lyme Bay, Jens Fonnland ©  Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Sagunto Port, 16/06/2014) Steel screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Ganz Danubius Shipyard And Machine Factory Plc.…
MV Talia H – Past and Present

MV Talia H – Past and Present

MV Talia H Ex SCL Anita, Safmarine Anita, Safmarine Andisa Talia H – © Luc Barry (Antwerp, 04/05/2019) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2008 by Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding…
MV Noordvliet – Past and Present

MV Noordvliet – Past and Present

MV Noordvliet Noordvliet – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 29/06/2014) Steel single screw “Damen Combi Freighter 3850” motor vessel built in 2014 by BV Damen Shipyard Bergum, Friesland, Netherlands (Yard No…
MV Sonreiras – Past and Present

MV Sonreiras – Past and Present

MV Sonreiras Ex Victoriadiep, OSC Victoriadiep, Victoriadiep Sonreiras – Dover Strait Shipping (Dover 05/05/2021) Steel single screw “V Class” motor vessel built in 2007 by Zaliv Shipyards Kerch. Ukraine and completed…
MV Lady Clara – Past and Present

MV Lady Clara – Past and Present

MV Lady Clara Ex Okko Tom Brook Lady Clara – © Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 15/06/2017) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Slovenske Lodenice Komarno a.s. Rolnickej Skoly…
MV Star Prima – Past and Present

MV Star Prima – Past and Present

Star Prima Star Prima – © Willem Oldenburg (Ijmuiden, 28/04/2021) Steel single screw, “Shikoku Stars” Class motor vessel built in 2006 by Shikoku Dockyard Co., Ltd. Takamatsu. Japan (Yard No…
MV Marella Explorer – Past and Present

MV Marella Explorer – Past and Present

MV Marella Explorer Ex Mein Schiff I, Mein Schiff, Celebrity Galaxy, Galaxy                                    Marella Explorer – © Gena Anfimov (Klaipeda, 30/07/2019) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Jos…
MV Cool Eagle – Past and Present

MV Cool Eagle – Past and Present

MV Cool Eagle Cool Eagle  – © Dover Strait Shipping “Steel single screw (880,000 cf type) motor vessel built in 2021 by Shikoku Dockyard Co. Ltd. Japan (Yard No 1152)…
MV Sierra Lara – Past and Present

MV Sierra Lara – Past and Present

MV Sierra Lara Sierra Lara – © Cees Bustraan (Port of Curacao, 29/08/2016) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1996 by Construcciones Navales P. Freire S.A. Vigo, Spain (Yard…
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…
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