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 Beaumont – Past and Present

MV Beaumont – Past and Present

MV Beaumont Exam Damen Bergum 9350 Beaumont – © Frank Behrends (Terneuzen, 01/05/2009) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2005 by BV Scheepswerf Damen Bergum Industrieterrein Zuid, 9250 AA…
MV Stena Horizon – Past and Present

MV Stena Horizon – Past and Present

MV Stena Horizon, ex Celtic Horizon, Cartour Beta - Steel twin screw “NAOS 244” motor vessel, built in 2006 by C.N. "Visentini" di Visentini Francesco & C., Donada, Italy  (Yard…
MV Stena Superfast VIII – Past and Present

MV Stena Superfast VIII – Past and Present

MV Stena Superfast VIII, ex Superfast VIII - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2001 by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG, Kiel (Yard No 358) as a Passenger/RoRo Ferry for…
TS Antwerp – Past and Present

TS Antwerp – Past and Present

TS Antwerp Ex HMS Antwerp, Antwerp Antwerp Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1920 by John Brown & Co, Ltd., Clydebank (Yard No. 493), for Great Eastern Railway. Technical…
MV Spirit of Adventure – Past and Present

MV Spirit of Adventure – Past and Present

MV Spirit of Adventure Spirit of Adventure – © Jochen Wegener Steel twin screw motor vessel built in by Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Yard No 715) for Saga Holidays/Saga Cruise as…
TS Bruges – Past and Present

TS Bruges – Past and Present

TS Bruges Bruges Steel twin screw turbine vessel, built in 1920 by John Brown & Co, Ltd., Clydebank (Yard No. 494), for Great Eastern Railway. Technical Data Length: 98.43 m (overall)…
MV Star Standard – Past and Present

MV Star Standard – Past and Present

MV Star Standard Star Standard © F Fornholt (Kiel, 05/08/2020) Steel single screw, “Shikoku Stars” Class motor vessel built in 2009 by Shikoku Dockyard Co., Ltd. Takamatsu. Japan (Yard No…
MV Sea Hunter – Past and Present

MV Sea Hunter – Past and Present

MV Sea Hunter Ex Sirius P, Highland, Sirrah Sea Hunter – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden, 17/05/2020) Steel single screw motor vessel built in by ENVC – Estaleiros Navais de Viana…
MV Côte D’Opale – Past and Present

MV Côte D’Opale – Past and Present

MV Côte D’Opale - Steel twin screw “Stena E-Flexer” class motor vessel built in 2021 by China Merchants Jinling (ex Avic Shipyard, Weihai) China (Yard No W0268) as Passenger and…
TS Malines – Past and Present

TS Malines – Past and Present

TS Malines Ex HMS Malines, Malines Malines Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1920 by High Walker yard of Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd., Newcastle (Yard No. 972), for…
MV Jaguar (Stena Timer) – Past and Present

MV Jaguar (Stena Timer) – Past and Present

MV Ajman 2 Ex Loreto, Stena Timer, Jaguar, Stena Timer Stena Timer (Jaguar) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 at Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Korneuburg, Vienna (Yard No 711) for…
MV Vox Amalia – Past and Present

MV Vox Amalia – Past and Present

MV Vox Amalia Ex C346 CNN Vox Amalia – © Erwin Willemse (Ijmuiden 19/07/2020) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in by Construcciones Navales Del Norte, S.L, The Netherlands (Yard…
TS Amsterdam (II) (1930) – Past and Present

TS Amsterdam (II) (1930) – Past and Present

TS Amsterdam (II) Ex Hospital Carrier No 64, Amsterdam Amsterdam Steel twin screw turbine steamer built in 1930 at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank (Yard No 529) as a…
TS Vienna (II) (1929) – Past and Present

TS Vienna (II) (1929) – Past and Present

TS Vienna (II) Ex HMS Vienna, Vienna Vienna Steel twin screw turbine steamer built in 1929 at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank (Yard No 527) as a passenger and…
TS Prague (1930) – Past and Present

TS Prague (1930) – Past and Present

TS Prague Ex Hospital Ship 61, Prague TS Prague  Steel twin screw turbine steamer built in 1930 at John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank (Yard No 528) as a passenger…
MV Bon Vivant – Past and Present

MV Bon Vivant – Past and Present

MV Bon Vivant Ex Vestfjord, Lotus, Nescio Bon Vivant – (Ijmuiden 02/07/2018) Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1993 by Bijlsma Shipyard, Lemmer. Netherlands (Yard No 664) as a…
GTS Jewel of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Jewel of the Seas – Past and Present

GTS Jewel of the Seas Jewel of the Seas – © Wil Weijters (Barbados,23/01/2008) Steel twin Azimuthing pod “Radiance class” motor vessel built in 2004 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg…
Milestone

Milestone

MILESTONE   Today is a momentous day for our “little” website. Overnight we passed 2,000,000 (MILLION) hits since 2012. Yep, that’s right 2 million! What can I say except, on…
MV Star Care – Past and Present

MV Star Care – Past and Present

MV Star Care Star Care – © Nigel Thornton (Dover, 25/11/209) Steel single screw, “Shikoku Stars” Class motor vessel built in 2009 by Shikoku Dockyard Co., Ltd. Takamatsu. Japan (Yard…
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