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 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…
MV Wilson Limerick – Past and Present

MV Wilson Limerick – Past and Present

MV Wilson Limerick Ex RMS Bremen Wilson Limerick – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden 26/07/2020) Steel single screw “Amisia design 92-063 type Ruhrtal/Rhine” motor vessel built in 2012 by Slovenske Lodenice…
MV Nina I – Past and Preasent

MV Nina I – Past and Preasent

MV Nina I Ex Nina, Vahalis, Vios Nina I – © Wil Weijsters (New Waterway, 07/05/2015) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1984 by Ferus Smit Scheepswerf B.V. Westerbroek. The…
MV Amadeus – Past and Present

MV Amadeus – Past and Present

MV Amadeus Ex Zeeland, Hansa Lyon Amadeus © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 07/04/2016) Steel single screw motor “ Limbo Combi Porter 90” vessel built in 2001 by JSC Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad.…
MV Bekaa – Cargo from the Past

MV Bekaa – Cargo from the Past

MV Bekaa Ex Beyrouth, Rhodos Rhodos – © DFDS Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1948 by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Helsingør, Denmark (Yard No 285) as a General…
DHB Dapper – Past and Present

DHB Dapper – Past and Present

(This article is an “ongoing” project and any pictures/information, via contact form, would be appreciated) DHB Dapper Ex RFA Dapper, William E Chapman ? Steel/Wooden ?  twin/single ? screw built…
MV Viking 1 – Past and Present

MV Viking 1 – Past and Present

MV Fagr Ex Mecca I, Al- Quamar Al-Saudi II, Mecca I, Al-Quamar Al-Saudi Al-Misri I, Al Hussein II, Khalid I, Viking I, Wasa Express, Viking I Viking I Twin screw motor…
MV Huntetal – Past and present

MV Huntetal – Past and present

MV Huntetal Ex Pinnau, Gertrud Muller Huntetal – © Eddie Walker (Goole, 13/07/2021) Steel single screw” 92-063, type Ruhrtal/Rhine Design” motor vessel built in 2003 by Slovenske Lodenice Komarno a.s.…
MV Sea Ruby – Past and Present

MV Sea Ruby – Past and Present

MV Sea Ruby Ex Union Ruby, Hoo Larch Sea Ruby – © Wil Weijsters (New Waterway,  03/03/2011) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1992 by Yorkshire Dry Dock Co.…
MV Cool Girl – Past and Present

MV Cool Girl – Past and Present

MV Cool Girl Ex Santa Lucia Cool Girl  – © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid 01/11/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel “SEATRADE SANTAS 1999” built in 2000 by Kitanihon Shipbuilding, Hachinohe, Japan…
MV Coromuel – Past and Present

MV Coromuel – Past and Present

MV Sinaloa Star Ex Coromuel Coromuel Twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 568) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on/roll-off ferry…
MV Bolette – Past and Present

MV Bolette – Past and Present

MV Bolette Ex Amsterdam Bolette – © Brian Donovan (Rosyth, 23/07/2021) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera, Venice, Italy (Yard No 6052) for Holland…
MV Puerto Vallarta – Past and Present

MV Puerto Vallarta – Past and Present

MV Isla Venados Ex Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarto Twin screw motor vessel built in 1974 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 571) as a passenger and vehicle…
MV Azteca – Past and Present

MV Azteca – Past and Present

MV Azteca Azteca – Courtesy of  Andreas Wörteler Twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 at Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg-Ems, Germany (Yard No. 575) as a passenger and vehicle…
MV Aastind – Past and Present

MV Aastind – Past and Present

MV Aastind Ex Alida S, Vectis Harrier, Viscount Astind – © Frits Olinga (inbound Eemshaven, 21/06/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1997 by Niestern Sander BV, Delfzijl, Groningen, Netherlands…
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