• “New” MV Viking Jupiter – Past and Present

    MV Viking Jupiter © Fincantieri Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2019 by Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A., Stabilimento di […]

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  • MV St Clare – Past and Present

    MV St Clare – Steel quadruple ‘Voith Schneider’ “204 PCU” motor vessel built in 2001 by Gdansk Shiprepair “Remontowa”, Gdansk, Poland (Yard No 653) as a Double Ended Car Passenger Ferry

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  • “New” MV Choapa – Cargo from the Past

    MV Choapa Ex Choapa (II), Thurø Maersk Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Odense Staalskibs. A/S (Yard No 167) […]

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  • MV Celebrity Reflection – Past and Present

    MV Celebrity Reflection © Wil Weijsters (21/05/2013) Steel twin Azipod ‘Solstice Class’ motor vessel built in 2012 by Meyer Werft GmbH, Papenburg, […]

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  • MV Spirit of Discovery

    MV Spirit of Discovery © Meyer Werft Steel twin screw (eSiPod fully azimuthing pods) motor vessel built in 2019 by Meyer Werft, […]

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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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  • 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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  • Past and Present

    © Derek Sands

    “New” MV Wight Light – Past and Present

    MV Wight Light – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2008 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 550) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

    © John Jones

    MV St Clare – Past and Present

    MV St Clare – Steel quadruple ‘Voith Schneider’ “204 PCU” motor vessel built in 2001 by Gdansk Shiprepair “Remontowa”, Gdansk, Poland (Yard No 653) as a Double Ended Car Passenger Ferry

    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!)

    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

    © Derek Sands

    “New” MV Wight Light – Past and Present

    MV Wight Light – Steel twin ‘Voith Schneider’ motor vessel “W-Wight Class” built in 2008 by Brodogradiliste Shipyard, Kraljevica, Croatia (Yard No 550) as a Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

    © John Jones

    MV St Clare – Past and Present

    MV St Clare – Steel quadruple ‘Voith Schneider’ “204 PCU” motor vessel built in 2001 by Gdansk Shiprepair “Remontowa”, Gdansk, Poland (Yard No 653) as a Double Ended Car Passenger Ferry

    TS Riviera - Past and Present

    TS Riviera – Past and Present

    TS Lairds Isle Ex HMS Lairds Isle, Lairds Isle, Riviera Triple screw turbine steamer, built in 1911 by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard […]

    Cruise Ships

    © Jochen Wegener

    MV Spirit of Discovery

    MV Spirit of Discovery © Meyer Werft Steel twin screw (eSiPod fully azimuthing pods) motor vessel built in 2019 by Meyer Werft, […]

    © 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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