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 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…
MV HC Lara – Past and Present

MV HC Lara – Past and Present

MV HC Lara Ex Flinterspring, Ben Kien 9200 Rsbk 03 HC Lara © Manuel Hernández Lafuente  (Berthed at Norte quay, Sagunto Port on 02/03/2015) Steel single screw motor vessel built…
MV Ark Dania – Past and Present

MV Ark Dania – Past and Present

MV Ark Dania Ark Dania © Simonwp (Immingham, 12/09/2020) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2014 by S Werften GmbH, Stralsund, Germany (Yard No 501) as a Ro-Ro Cargo…
MV Symphony Space – Past and Present

MV Symphony Space – Past and Present

MV Symphony Space Symphony Space © Jens Smit (River Ems near Emden, 05/03/2018) Steel single screw ‘Ecobox’ motor vessel built in 2018 by Scheepswerf Ferus Smit B.V, The Netherlands (Yard No…
MV Amadeus Amethist – Past and Present

MV Amadeus Amethist – Past and Present

MV Amadeus Amethist Ex RMS Lagona, Crescent Seine Amadeus Amethist © Aleksi Lindström (Rendsberg, 28/06/2017) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2000 by Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries S.A. Mangalia.…
MV Stena Embla – Past and Present

MV Stena Embla – Past and Present

MV Stena Embla Stena Embla © Ian Collard (Twelve Quays, 25/01/2021) Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2020 by China Merchants Jinling Ltd (CMJL) (ex Avic…
MV Vlistdiep – Past and Present

MV Vlistdiep – Past and Present

MV Vlistdiep Ex OSC Vlistdiep, Vlistdiep Vlistdiep  © Aleksi Lindström (Kiel Canal, 03/08/2012) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2007 by Stocznia Szczecinska S.A. Stettin Poland (Yard No 785)(hull) Bodewes…
MV Icelandica Hav – Past and Present

MV Icelandica Hav – Past and Present

MV Icelandica Hav Ex Mike, Patria Icelandica Hav © Aleksi Lindström (Terneuzen locks, 14/06/2015) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Schiffswerft Hugo Peters Wewelsfleth Peters & Co.…
MV Moseldijk – Past and Present

MV Moseldijk – Past and Present

MV Moseldijk Ex Rhodanus Moseldijk (Ipswich, 18/12/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2009 by Chowgule & Company Pvt. Ltd. Shipbuilding Division Loutulim Goa. India (Yard No C186) as…
MV Green Honduras – Past and Present

MV Green Honduras – Past and Present

MV Green Honduras Ex Pride, Crystal Pride Green Honduras  © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 26/05/2012) Steel single screw motor vessel built in by N.V. Boelwerf Vlaanderen N.V. Temse,  Belgium (Yard No…
MV Mega Express Four – Past and Present

MV Mega Express Four – Past and Present

MV Mega Express Four Ex Spirit of Tasmania III, Superfast II Mega Express Four © Carsten Dettmer (Bastia, 10/04/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1995 by Schichau Seebeckswerft,…
MV Snow Storm – Cargo from the Past

MV Snow Storm – Cargo from the Past

MV Hood Ex Snow Storm Snow Storm © Chris Howell (Wellington, 1973) Steel single screw “Snow Class” motor vessel, built in 1972 by Chantiers Nav, De La Ciotat, La Ciotat,…
MV Annemieke – Past and Present

MV Annemieke – Past and Present

MV Annemieke Ex Green Ocean, Annemieke Annemeike © Simonwp (Kiel, 01/05/1998) Steel  screw motor vessel built in 1998 by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. Neuenfelder Fährdeich 88 21129…
MV Pelagitis – Past and Present

MV Pelagitis – Past and Present

MV Pelagitis Ex Atlantic Freighter, Stena Grecia, Tor Felicia, Merzario Grecia, Tor Felicia Pelagitis © Dennis Mortimer (Drapetsona, 06/09/2018) Steel twin screw “Stena Searunner” class motor vessel built in 1978…
MV Aastun – Past and Present

MV Aastun – Past and Present

MV Aastun Ex HudsonBorg Aastun © Erwin Willemse ( Ijmuiden 11/04/2018) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2006 by Koninklijke Niestern Sander B.V Delfzijl, The Netherlands (Yard No 827)…
MV Eems Dublin – Past and Present

MV Eems Dublin – Past and Present

MV Eems Dublin Ex Abis Dublin Eems Dublin © Erwin Willemse (Velsen-Zuid, 26/05/2019) Steel twin screw “VG6000-E” series motor vessel built in 2012 by Hull by Partner Stocznia Sp.z.o.o Szczecin…
MV Finnbirch – Past and Present

MV Finnbirch – Past and Present

MV Finnbirch Ex Bore Gothica, Stena Gothica, Stena Ionia, Merzario Ionia, Atlantic Prosper, Stena Prosper Finnbirch © Simonwp (Aarhus, 01/07/2003) Steel twin screw “Stena Searunner” class motor vessel built in…
Jetfoil Terminal Basin (1981)

Jetfoil Terminal Basin (1981)

Jetfoil Terminal Basin In January 1981 it was announced that a contract for the construction of a £2m Jetfoil Terminal at the Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover had been awarded…
MV Drotten – Past and Present

MV Drotten – Past and Present

MV Drotten, ex Gotland - Steel 'SF 1500 Class' twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Guangzhou Shipyard International Co. Ltd, Guangzhou, China (Yard No 9130005) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro…
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