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 Edna – Past and Present

MV Edna – Past and Present

MV Sea Dolphin Ex Sea Boundary, Edna, Sibelius Edna – © Capt Jan Melchers (Baltic Sea) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1972 by Ab Finnboda Varv, Stockholm (Yard No…
MV AIDAmira – Past and Present

MV AIDAmira – Past and Present

MV AIDAmira Ex Costa neoRiviera, Grand Mistral, Mistral AIDAmira – © Mike Peel (Playa de Las Teresitas, Tenerife, 2021) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1999 by STX (Chantiers…
MV Swedica Hav – Past and Present

MV Swedica Hav – Past and Present

MV Swedica Hav Ex Ophir, Sea Weser, Jan Meeder Swedica Hav – © Wil Weijsters (New Waterway, 02/04/2016) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1986 by Schiffswerft Hugo Peters…
MV Wings – Past and Present

MV Wings – Past and Present

MV Wings Ex Burgtor, Lady Linda, Mellum, Port Lima Wings – © Marcus-S (Outbound, port of Hamburg, 01/06/2021) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1989 by ENVC – Estaleiros…
MV DC Ostend – Past and Present

MV DC Ostend – Past and Present

MV DC Ostend Ex Sand Harrier DC Ostend – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 13/07/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1990 by IHC Merwede Shipyard, Hardinxveld-Giessendam. The Netherlands (Yard…
MV Fast Herman – Past and Present

MV Fast Herman – Past and Present

MV Fast Herman Ex Jolie Brise, Fast Victor, Jolie Brise, Flinterbrise Fast Herman – © Simonwp (Chowder Ness, Barton-Upon-Humber, River Humber, 26/09/2017) Steel single screw “Bodewes Trader 3400 design” motor…
MV Shetland Trader – Past and Present

MV Shetland Trader – Past and Present

MV Shetland Trader Ex Lass Mars, Mars Shetland Trader – © Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 31/02/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Rosslauer Shipyard Elbe (Yard…
MV Eurocargo Bari – Past and Present

MV Eurocargo Bari – Past and Present

MV Eurocargo Bari Eurocargo Bari – © Aleksi Lindström (Antwerp, 21/06/2013) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2012 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. Ulsan. South Korea (Yard No…
MV Choapa – Cargo from the Past

MV Choapa – Cargo from the Past

MV Zenit Ex Amer Choapa, Choapa Choapa – © Mike Griffiths (Hoek Van Holland, 1980’s) Steel single screw”Choapa Class” motor vessel built in 1987 by Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co. Ltd.…
MV AIDAdiva – Past and Present

MV AIDAdiva – Past and Present

MV AIDAdiva. AIDAviva – © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid, 25/04/2018 ) Steel twin screw ‘Sphinx’ class motor vessel built in 2007 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No. S.659) as…
MV Mel Vision – Past and Present

MV Mel Vision – Past and Present

MV Mel Vision Ex Ace Century Ace Century Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Kanda Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.  (Yard No 405) as a Bulk Carrier Technical Data…
MV Douwent – Past and Present

MV Douwent – Past and Present

MV Douwent Ex Douwe S, Torpe Douwent – © Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 08/04/2021) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1987 by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf Hoogezand. The Netherlands…
MV Regina Seaways

MV Regina Seaways

MV Regina Seaways Ex Energia Regina Seaways – © Carsten Dettmer (Klaipeda, 24/05/2018) Steel twin screw “Coraggio Project” motor vessel built in 2010 by Nuovi Canterie Apuani, Marina di Carrara,…
MV EW McKinley – Cargo from the Past

MV EW McKinley – Cargo from the Past

MV EW McKinley Ex Alaska Rex  EW McKinley – © Nigel Thornton (Dover 03/03/2006) Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1983 by Usuki Iron Works, Ltd. Saiki Shipyard  (Yard…
MV Almar – Past and Present

MV Almar – Past and Present

MV Almar Ex Veronique D Veronique D – ©  Dover Strait Shipping (Dover, 22/09/2021) Steel single screw “ KHI Supramax” motor vessel built in 2012 by Nantong Cosco Khi (Kawasaki…
MV Bonay – Past and Present

MV Bonay – Past and Present

MV Bonay Ex Nord, Nordfjord, Willy II, Willy Bonay – © Simonwp (New Waterway, 14/05/2012) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1991 by N.V. Scheepswerf- en Reparatiebedrijf “Harlingen”, Harlingen…
MV Maud – Past and Present

MV Maud – Past and Present

MV Maud Ex Midnatsol Midnatsol – © Gerolf Drebes (Leaving Berlevag, Norway 30/07/2016) Steel twin azimuth pods motor vessel built in 2003 by Bruces Verkstad A/B, Landskrona. Sweden (Hull) Fosen…
MV Firdevs – Past and Present

MV Firdevs – Past and Present

MV Firdevs Ex Susanne, Guelborg Firdevs – © Aleksi Lindström (Kiel Canal, 31/05/2017) Steel single screw “Combi Trader” motor vessel built in 1994 by De Hoop Foxhol ( Volharding Shipyard…
MV Meri – Past and Present

MV Meri – Past and Present

MV Meri Ex Aura II   Meri – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden 06/04/2020) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2012 by STX Finland OY.Turku. Finland (Yard No L1379) as…
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