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.


Message from Nigel Thornton (15/10/2021)

Message from Nigel Thornton (15/10/2021)

A message from Nigel Thornton (15/10/2021)   I recently engaged a system restore on my laptop, during which I suffered a power outage.   As a result I received a…
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…
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…
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