• “New” MV Spirit of Discovery

    MV Spirit of Discovery © Meyer Werft Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2019 by Meyer Werft, Papenburg (Yard No 714) […]

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  • MV AIDAaura – Past and Present

    MV AIDAaura © Carsten Dettmer (Ajaccio, 08/04/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No […]

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  • “New” MV Prinses Beatrix (1939) – Past and Present

    MV Prinses Beatrix Ex HMS Prinses Beatrix, Prinses Beatrix Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1939 by Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde, […]

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  • MV Imouzzer – Cargo from the Past

    MV Tropicana Reefer Ex Imouzzer Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1977 by Drammen Slip & Verk (Yard No 86) as […]

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  • MV Black Prince – Past and Present

    MV Ola Esmeralda Ex Prince, Black Prince, Venus, Black Prince, Venus, Black Prince Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1966 at […]

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  • MV Fri Lake – Past and Present

    MV Fri Lake Ex Helena © Robert Fournier Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1999 by Damen Shipyards, Bergum (Yard No […]

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  • MV AIDAluna – Past and Present

    MV AIDAluna © Erwin Willemse Steel twin screw “Sphinx” series motor vessel built in 2011 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg (Yard No. […]

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  • MV Zeeland – Past and Present

    MV Marko Polo Ex Stena Nordica, Zeeland, Peter Wessel Nigel Thornton Collection Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 at Ateliers […]

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  • MV Hekla – Past and Present

    MV Hekla © Erwin Willemse Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2008 by Veka Shipyard Lemmer B.V. Netherlands (Yard No 752) […]

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  • MV RMS Twisteden – Past and Present

    RMS Twisteden © Wil Weijsters Steel screw motor vessel built in 2002 by Daewoo-Mangalia Heavy Industries, Mangalia Romania (casco) (Yard No 1041) […]

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  • MV Eemslift Hendrika – Past and Present

    MV Eemslift Hendrika Ex Abis Esjberg, Southern Dawn © Frits Olinga Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2015 by CIG Shipbuilding […]

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  • MV Rhapsody – Past and Present

    MV Golden Iris Ex Rhapsody, Cunard Princess, Cunard Conquest © Nigel Thornton Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 by Burmeister […]

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  • MV Condor Valparaiso – Past and Present

    MV Condor Valparaiso Ex Clipper Nassau © Jens Boldt Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2011 by Tongfang Jiangxin Shipbuilding Jiujiang, […]

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  • MV Quiberon – Past and Present

    MV Abundo Ex Giulia D’Abundo, Quiberon, Nils Dacke Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1975 at Werft Nobiskrug GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany […]

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  • Past and Present

    © Carsten Dettmer

    MV AIDAaura – Past and Present

    MV AIDAaura © Carsten Dettmer (Ajaccio, 08/04/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No […]

    Maritime Photography

    Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

    Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

    I am marking my return to the website by detailing a multi trip journey that Paul Cloke and I undertook almost a year ago between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth and Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth. Travelling with Brittany Ferries this report describes the three principle elements of there current fleet operations from Portsmouth, économie, high speed and cruise ferry.

    A Weekend in Portsmouth

    A Weekend in Portsmouth

    A weekend in Portsmouth – Photographs from a weekend break to the South Coast city of Portsmouth. Well we went, we saw and we conquered (that’s a reference to me and tall structures!)

    The Ones That Got Away

    The Ones That Got Away

    I am just in the process of finalising plans to visit Portsmouth this coming weekend (3rd-4th June 2017) with my fianceé and some friends when I suddenly realised that I hadn’t posted the photographs from our last visit back in February when myself and Paul Cloke travelled on Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven to St Malo, returning on the Armorique from Caen, hence the title, ‘the ones that got away’.

    It's been a while... Photographs

    It’s been a while… Photographs

    Its been a while since I have posted any photographs to the website and that’s because it has been a while since I have wielded a camera. Even though I am now semi retired from the website due to some super big massive changes in my personal life, such as trying to find a new job, settling down with the girl I love and I am not sure if I have mentioned it on here, getting married! As you can see time hasn’t been in my favour of late but I wanted you to all know that I am still around and I do poke my head into the hobby side of my life occasionally. Anyway I digress…. Please find in this album a few photographs taken during October and November.

    Articles

    Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

    Économie, High Speed and Cruise Ferry

    I am marking my return to the website by detailing a multi trip journey that Paul Cloke and I undertook almost a year ago between Portsmouth and Le Havre, Cherbourg and Portsmouth and Portsmouth-Caen-Portsmouth. Travelling with Brittany Ferries this report describes the three principle elements of there current fleet operations from Portsmouth, économie, high speed and cruise ferry.

    © Nigel Scutt

    Russian Fleet in the Dover Strait

    A Russian naval task force believed to be heading to Syria passed through the Channel on Friday 21st October 2016. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, Kirov Class battle cruiser Peter the Great and their accompanying contingent of seven ships, (including Severomorsk (619) and Vice Admiral Kulakov (626) was understood to be sailing for the Syrian coast to take part in the assault on Aleppo. Separately, two Russian ships are heading north from Portugal to join up with the task-force.

    Roy Thornton Collection

    Christmas Past at the Port of Dover

    This article was originally published on the 1st December 2012 but with the festive season rapidly approaching it’s time to resurrect an old favourite. As can be seen below, the ferries have certainly changed over the years (in both number and in size) but there is still one tradition that remains and that is the local fleet’s official day of rest, Christmas Day. In these modern days of the 24 hour operation at the Port of Dover it is very rare to see the ships laid up.

    Bretagne and Mont St Michel - 'The Event Before the Event'

    Bretagne and Mont St Michel – ‘The Event Before the Event’

    On Tuesday 14th July 2015 Paul Cloke and myself departed Kent for Portsmouth for a a short mini cruise with Brittany Ferries travelling out on the Bretagne to the Breton port of St Malo before returning the following day from the Norman port of Caen (Ouistreham) on the Mont St Michel.

    Ferries

    © Simonwp

    MV Zeeland – Past and Present

    MV Marko Polo Ex Stena Nordica, Zeeland, Peter Wessel Nigel Thornton Collection Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 at Ateliers […]

    Cruise Ships

    © Carsten Dettmer

    MV AIDAaura – Past and Present

    MV AIDAaura © Carsten Dettmer (Ajaccio, 08/04/2015) Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2003 by Aker MTW, Wismar, Germany (Yard No […]

    Cargo Vessels

    © Erwin Willemse

    MV Hekla – Past and Present

    MV Hekla © Erwin Willemse Steel single screw motor vessel built in 2008 by Veka Shipyard Lemmer B.V. Netherlands (Yard No 752) […]

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