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 St Anselm – Past and Present

MV St Anselm – Past and Present

MV Bari, ex Isla de Botafoc, Stena Cambria, St Anselm - Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1715), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as…
HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Anne – Past and Present

HSC The Princess Anne (GH 2007) - “Mountbatten” (SRN 'Super' 4) Hovercraft built in 1968 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 004) for Seaspeed,…
MV Anderida – Past and Present

MV Anderida – Past and Present

MV CTMA Voyageur, ex Anderida - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 at Trosvik Verksted A/S Brevik, Norway (Yard No 95) for Stena AB, Göteborg as a passenger…
MV Amadea – Past and Present

MV Amadea – Past and Present

MV Amadea, ex Asuka - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1991 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan. (Yard No 2050) for Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Tokyo, Japan. Launched April…
MV Albatros – Past and Present

MV Albatros – Past and Present

MV Albatros - Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Oy Wartsila Ab, Helsinki, Finland (Yard No 397) as a Passenger (Cruise) Ship for Royal Viking Line, Oslo,…
MV Ailsa Princess – Past and Present

MV Ailsa Princess – Past and Present

MV New Cambay Prince - ex New Caribbean Princess, Express Adonis, Naias Express, Dimitri, Earl Harold, Ailsa Princess - Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Ansaldo & Co, Genoa…
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