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 Nigel started to take requests for Past and Present features which have resulted in a large number of updates to the website.


MV Arklow Raven – Past and Present

MV Arklow Raven – Past and Present

MV Arklow Raven - Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2007 by Barkmeijer Stroobos B.V.(Yard No. 312) as a general cargo ship
MV BBC Iceland – Past and Present

MV BBC Iceland – Past and Present

MV BBC Iceland, ex Industrial Accord, Spiekeroog - Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Tianjin Shipbuilding Corp. Xinhe Shipyard (Yard No 313) as a General cargo carriage/Dry…
MV Aristote – Past and Present

MV Aristote – Past and Present

MV Aristote, ex Turbulence - Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1983 by Cochrane Shipbuilders, Selby (Yard No 124) as a Bulk Carrier
MV Arklow Fern – Past and Present

MV Arklow Fern – Past and Present

MV Arklow Fern, ex Arklow Femme - Single screw motor vessel built in 2010 at Astilleros De Murueta S.A. (Yard No. 285) as a General Cargo ship
MV Baltic Star – Cargo from the Past

MV Baltic Star – Cargo from the Past

MV Laura, ex Baltic Start, Baltic Star - Steel single screw “Baltic Class” motor vessel built in 1983 by Sasebo Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, Sasebo, Japan (Yard No 322) as…
MV Kingsnorth Fisher – Cargo from the Past

MV Kingsnorth Fisher – Cargo from the Past

MV New Gen, ex New Generation, Kingsnorth Fisher - Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1966 by Hall Russell & Co., Ltd, Aberdeen (Yard No. 930) for J Fisher…
THPV (1) Bembridge – Past and Present

THPV (1) Bembridge – Past and Present

THV (1) Bembridge - Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1938 by Smith’s Dock, South Bank (Yard No. 1040), for Trinity House Corp as a Cruising Pilot Cutter
MV BBC Pearl – Past and Present

MV BBC Pearl – Past and Present

MV BBC Pearl, ex North Sea Carrier - Steel single screw “Amber Class” motor vessel built in 2012 by Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Yard No JZ1036) as a Multi-Purpose…
MV Max Wonder – Past and Present

MV Max Wonder – Past and Present

MV Max Wonder, ex Ranjan, Rickmers Thailand, Ranjan - Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 2008 by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. China (Yard No.2006-728), for Rickmers Linie, Germany…
MV Deutschland – Past and Present

MV Deutschland – Past and Present

MV Deutschland, ex World Odyssey, Deutschland - Steel twin screw motor vessel assembled in 1998 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel (Yard No. 328) for Peter Deilmann-Reederei
TS Isle of Guernsey – Past and Present

TS Isle of Guernsey – Past and Present

Ts Isle of Guernsey, ex HMS Isle of Guernsey, Hospital Carrier No 26, Isle of Guernsey - Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1930 by Wm Denny & Bros,…
DHB Lady Crundall – Past and Present

DHB Lady Crundall – Past and Present

SS Lagos Hercules, ex Hercules, DHB Lady Crundall - Steam twin screw salvage steamer built in 1906 by J P Rennoldson & Co, South Shields (Yard No 246) for Dover…
MV Asmaa – Past and Present

MV Asmaa – Past and Present

MV Transmar, ex Transmar III, Asmaa - Steel single screw B-432 (II) motor vessel built in 1977 by Stocznia Szczecinska im. A. Warskiego, Szczecin. Poland (Yard No 310/09) as a…
TS Maxim Gorkiy – Past and Present

TS Maxim Gorkiy – Past and Present

Ts Maxim G, ex Maxim Gorkiy, Hanseatic, Hamburg - Steel twin screw turbine vessel built in 1969 by Deutsche Werft, Hamburg (Yard No 825) for Deutsche Atlantik-Linie, Hamburg
MV Saga Rose – Past and Present

MV Saga Rose – Past and Present

MV Saga Rose, ex Gripsholm, Sagafjord - Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne sur Mer, France (Yard No 1366) in 1965…
TS Isle of Jersey – Past and Present

TS Isle of Jersey – Past and Present

TS Libda, ex Isle of Jersey, Hospital Ship 3, Isle of Jersey - Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1930 by Wm Denny & Bros, Dumbarton, (Yard No 1233),…
MV Serenissima – Past and Present

MV Serenissima – Past and Present

MV Serenissima, ex Andrea, Harald Jarl - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1960 by A/S Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim Norway (Yard No. 244 ) for Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskipsselskap…
MV Crown Opal – Past and Present

MV Crown Opal – Past and Present

MV Crown Opal - Steel single screw “Crown” class motor vessel built in 1997 by Iwagi Zosen Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Kamijima, Japan (Yard No SZ-167) as a Refrigerated Cargo ship
MV Humber Way – Past and Present

MV Humber Way – Past and Present

MV Gumel, ex Humber Way - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Porsgrund Mekaniske Værksted, Porsgrund, Norway (Yard No 115) as a Ro/Ro Cargo ship
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