ex Pride of Dover, PO Dover, P&OSL Dover, Pride of Dover
Pride of Dover – Schichau-Unterweser AG Bremerhaven
Steel triple screw ‘Chunnel Beater’ class motor vessel, built Schichau-Unterweser AG, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany (Yard No. 93) in 1987 as a passenger/roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry for the European Ferries Group (trading as Townsend Thoresen)
- Length: 169.60 m (overall)
- Breadth of Hull: 28.27 m (extreme)
- Draught: 6.12 m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 26,433 gross, 11,399 net, 4,203 deadweight
- Engines: 3 x CCM Sulzer ZA40S Diesels
- Power: 23170 kW
- Speed: 22.0 knots
- Capacity: 2,290 passengers, 650 cars/100 x 15m freight units
- Call Sign: GJCR
- MMSI Number: 232001670
- IMO Number: 8517736
- Registry: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
- Sister Vessel: Pride of Calais
April 9th 1986: Keel Laid.
September 20th 1986: Launched at a cost of approximately £42 mn.
January 19th 1987: The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) acquired the European Ferries Group Plc (Townsend Thoresen).
May 12th 1987: Departed Bremerhaven for sea trials.
May 27th 1987: Delivered to Townsend Car Ferries Ltd. (Stanhope Steamship Co. Ltd.), Dover, England. Managers; Townsend Car Ferries Ltd.
May 28th 1987: Departed Bremerhaven on her delivery voyage.
Pride of Dover – Bremerhaven © Christian Eckardt (left) and © DDGHANSA, 01/12/1986 (right)
Pride of Dover – © Bob Scott (Left) and © Andreas Wörteler (right)
May 29th 1987: Arrived in Dover.
Pride of Dover – Courtesy of Ted Ingham
Pride of Dover – © Ken Larwood
June 2nd 1987: Commenced service between Dover – Calais under the command of Captain John Martin.
Pride of Dover – Schichau -Unterweser AG Bremerhaven (all)
Pride of Dover – © Ken Larwood (Left) and © Michael Woodland (Right)
December 31st 1987: Registered to P&O European Ferries Ltd., Dover, England.
Pride of Dover – © Tony Garner (In the process of receiving her new P&O European Ferries livery)
February 1988: Laid up at Wilton Feijenoord, Schiedam Harbour near Rotterdam, owing to seamen’s strike.
Pride of Dover – © Brian Fisher
Pride of Dover – Nigel Thornton Collection
1990/1991: “Club Class” lounge added and modified forward superstructure.
Pride of Dover – © Ken Larwood (April 1992)
Pride of Dover – © Robert Fournier
Pride of Dover – © Brian Pawley
Pride of Dover – © Fotoflite, Ray Goodfellow Collection
Pride of Dover – © Pieter Inpyn
March 3rd 1998: P&O European Ferries and Stena Line merge their operations on the short sea. The new company was called P&O Stena Line. Registered as a British private sector company, 60% owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and 40% owned by Stena Line AB of Sweden. The new company took over the Dover and Newhaven services of P&O European Ferries and Stena Line.
Pride of Dover – © Andreas Wörteler
Pride of Dover – © Ken Larwood (March 1998, having returned from refit sporting new livery, but old name)
December 1998: Renamed P&OSL DOVER
P&OSL Dover – © Andreas Wörteler
April 2002: P&O announced its intention to buy out the 40% stake in P&O Stena Line owned by Stena.
August 2002: The P&O Stena Line alliance ended with P&O purchasing Stena’s 40% share in the business. The Dover-Calais fleet adopted the appropriate P&O “Pride of ….” names, losing there P&OSL prefixes. All vessels had their Stena house flag removed from their funnels, along with the deletion of the name Stena from their hulls. In future the company would trade as P&O Ferries.
Dover Ferry Photos Library
P&OSL Dover – © Peter Wearing
October 15th 2002: Commenced service for P&O Ferries between Dover – Calais. Renamed PO DOVER.
P & O Dover – © Andreas Wörteler
2003: During refit at A & P Falmouth in which bridge-wings were enclosed she was renamed PRIDE OF DOVER.
Pride of Dover – © Ray Goodfellow (left) and © Craig Nelson (right)
February 22nd 2005: To A&P Tyne for refit.
March 24th 2005: Arrived back in Dover.
Pride of Dover – © Andreas Wörteler
March 2006: DP World purchased the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O).
Pride of Dover – © Nigel Thornton (14/12/2006)
February 20th 2007: The Pride of Dover made contact with a berth in Calais damaging her ‘cow catcher’. She remained at the Dover cargo terminal until the 24th February 2007 undergoing emergency repairs.
2nd May 2007: Pride of Dover underwent an MES deployment bow in at berth 2. Later the same day she departed for her annual overhaul at A&P Falmouth.
May 24th 2007: Failed to re-enter service with 07.15 hrs, 12.15 hrs and 16.35 hrs being cancelled.
25th May 2007: Re-entered service following her overhaul.
19th June 2007: Whilst coming astern to berth 7 in Dover the vessel suffered a power failure and made heavy contact with the quay causing damage to her stern spade. Due to the damage the stern doors were unusable necessitating a visit to the ARNO shipyard in Dunkerque for repairs.
Pride of Dover – © Robert Fournier (Seen at ARNO’s undergoing repairs)
Pride of Dover – © Ed Connell (Another view from ARNO’s showing the damaged stern of the Dover.)
25th June 2007: The `Dover’ re-enters service between Dover and Calais.
Pride of Dover – © Paul Woolhouse
April 7th 2008: Left Dover bound for refit at Falmouth.
April 29th 2008: According to “Falmouth Movements” due to leave at 21.30 hrs for Dover
April 30th 2008: Refit completed and returned to Dover.
13th June 2008: P&O announced that they had placed an order with Aker Yards of Finland for two 49,000 GRT vessels for there Dover to Calais operation. The first of these units would be delivered in December 2010 with the second unit coming on stream in September 2011. These two new vessels would replace the Prides of Dover and Calais.
October 10th 2008: To Rotterdam with “prop” problems.
October 14th 2008: Returned from Rotterdam and resumed service between Dover and Calais.
April 16th 2009: Due to a French fisherman’s blockade of the Channel ports the Pride of Dover is sent to Ostend to undertake berthing trials at berth 202.
Pride of Dover – © Cedric Hacke (Ostend 16/04/2009)
April 16th 2009 (14.56 hrs Euro Time): Departed for Dover
April 20th 2009: Anticipated arrival at A&P Tyne for refit.
April 23rd 2009: Left Dover for Newcastle.
April 24th 2009: Arrived on the Tyne.
Pride of Dover – © Neil McBride
May 7th 2009 (02.30 hrs): Left dry-dock and moved to RSQ East.
May 7th 2009 (18.00 hrs): Anticipated departure for Dover.
May 8th 2009: Arrived in Dover.
May 9th 2009: Resumed service.
November 17th 2009: Experienced engine problems in one of her three engines.
November 19th 2009: After riding out storm force winds at “The Downs” went to lay-by berth at Calais.
November 22nd 2009: To ARNO, Dunkerque.
November 25th 2009: Left ARNO.
November 26th 2009: Arrived in Dover and then proceeded to lay-off the port (a.m.), entering at about midday.
November 27th 2009: Resumed service and reportedly suffering from gearbox problems. Also rumoured to be using only two of her three engines.
January 15th 2010: Entered ARNO, Dunkerque for repairs to gearbox/prop and refit.
Pride of Dover – © Ed Connell (Dunkerque)
January 27th 2010: Returned to Dover
April 24th 2010: To Dover Cruise Terminal 1 for “centre main engine” work.
April 30th 2010: Resumed service.
October 2010: It was announced that the Pride of Dover would stand down from Dover-Calais service on the 14th December 2010. Her last commercial crossing will be at 23:55. She is due to depart for Tilbury on the 16th December where she will lay up pending a decision on her future.
December 14th 2010: Last day in commercial service for P&O Ferries on the Dover to Calais route. Her last sailing was the 23:55 from Dover under the command of Captain Alexander.
Last Day in Commercial Service, 14th December 2010
Pride of Dover – © Ray Goodfellow (Last daylight crossing from Calais 14/12/10)
December 15th 2010: Departed Calais in ballast (light ship) at 01:50. She arrived in Dover at 03:20 and proceeded to berth 6 in the Eastern Docks to commence de-storing.
Pride of Dover – © Ray Goodfellow (De-storing at Dover’s Berth 6)
December 16th 2010: Departed Dover for the last time via the Western entrance at 10:54 and proceeded to Tilbury, Essex for lay up.
The Final Departure From Dover, 16th December 2010
Pride of Dover – © Ray Goodfellow (10:54 The final Goodbye 😢)
December 16th 2010: Noted passing Gravesend on the River Thames at about 15:30 before heading up river into Tilbury Docks.
Pride of Dover – © Paul Cloke (Gravesend, Kent)
December 16th 2010: “17:40 Finished with Engines”
Pride of Dover – © Craig Nelson (Laid up in Tilbury, Essex)
May 2011: Remains laid up in Tilbury, Essex.
July 2011: Remains laid up in Tilbury, Essex.
Pride of Dover – © Paul Smith (Laid up in Tilbury, Essex, July 20th 2011)
September 2012: Despite numerous rumours of a sale or charter the Pride of Dover remains laid up in Tilbury.
October 30th 2012: P&O Ferries livery removed and renamed `PRIDE‘. Preparations started to get the vessel ready for departure by tug.
Pride – © Carl Tunnicliffe (Tilbury)
November 6th 2012: P&O Ferries announced that the Pride of Dover had been sold to German shipping interests.
29th November 2012: Departed the Tilbury dock system under tow (dead ship) for the Tilbury landing stage. Once upon the stage the deep sea tug ‘Eide Fighter‘ was made fast to the bow and departed with the ‘Pride’ in tow at 10:35 (GMT), AIS destination ‘Tuzla, Turkey’.
Pride – © Paul Cloke (all)
Pride – © Mike Jackson
Pride – © Ted Ingham
December 28th 2012: After much speculation about her true destination and disposal, she was finally beached at Aliaga.
Pride – © Selim San
Pride – © Selim San (2013)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Paul Cloke, Ed Connell (Ships in the Port of Dover), DDGHANSA, Peter Wearing, Christian Eckardt, Brian Fisher, Robert Fournier, Tony Garner, Cedric Hacke, Ted Ingham, Pieter Inpyn, Fay Jordan, Michaël Moons, Ken Larwood, Mike Jackson, Craig Nelson, Brian Pawley, Bob Scott, Paul Smith, Michael Woodland, Paul Woolhouse and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.
Special thanks go to Selim San.