Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover with further coverage of the surrounding ports both sides of the Channel. Click ADD YOUR COMMENT below to post direct, no membership needed.
Wreck of the Anneliese 5880, 5881...
P&O: Santa Onboard see 5870.
Free Wine with P&O Daytrips see 5868.
White Cliffs Ice Christmas at Port 5852.
Port: Additional Funding for Kent Wildlife Trust 5879.
P&O: Apprentices welcome RB Legion veterans 5853.
Eight new apprentices graduate see 5845.
DFDS: 'SEE PORTS' Calais and Dunkerque 5834.
DFDS: Revitalising dining concepts onboard.. see 5831.
P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812. see now also 5817.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.
Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer latest 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.
DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent Tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.
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Mike J., Dover
PaulB - Aha ! So it turned off the seafront there & must have gone 'contraflow' to Eastern Docks along the dual carriageway bringing traffic there to a grinding halt for a short while.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:50
Mike here's another picture for you to show the beasts exit route from the seafront. Must have been a tight squeeze as you say but it probably used pavement and all. To exit further down the seafront by the Premier Inn would probably have been too tight a squeeze. I suspect the average motorist would feel a tad menaced to see this thing approaching in the rear view mirror.
I'm sure I saw Charles Rolls turning his head there to have a look..
Yes indeed thanks again for all the info Ray..you certainly know your onions. The full frontal shot of it below coming down the seafront almost shows the thing breathing fire !!
I'm not sure where it was heading but if I see it again will let everyone know.
Out in the Channel yesterday there appeared to be some heavy military hardware on the move. This looks like an aircraft carrier to me but as ever I cant be 100% certain as it didn't show up on our Channel Traffic thingy...which can be found on our overall merged frontpage ( at top of page dover.uk.com). It seemed to have a smaller ship as 'outrider' as well .. But here's the thing, it was shadowed further back by the Royal Navy, HMS Defender in fact, which did show up on the channel traffic device. Maybe they were shadowing Russians on the move...perhaps the cold war is still to some extent in operation or is my imagination running riot? Anyway here's the picture..
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:32
Mike J., Dover
PaulB - thanks for the interesting photo of the beast heading along the seafront, heading presumably for Eastern Docks.
How did it get from Marine Parade onto Townwall Street ?
It sure as heck would have problems with the gap between the bollards.
I always breathe in to get my car thru the gap . . . .
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 15:21
Thank you for that imfo Ray as you can see by the picture, it certainly was not something you see everyday traveling down the seafront.
Mark and Vic glad to see you enjoy Sea News Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 13:09
Ray H, Dover
You guess correctly, the machine is a SISU Reachstacker built in Finland for the express purpose of handling shipping containers. There are two of these wee beasties lurking around the Port somewhere, originally purchased by DHB then sold off to Hammonds some years back. It is good to see that they are still working they are built like the proverbial brick outhouse.
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 08:53
Thats a cracking picture there a couple of posts below from Stephen Walker. You can almost feel the moment and hear the roar of the sea. Ace pic Stephen..well done Howard getting it up. Great addition.
Vic you are right, its very tough for the guys out there on the sea in this weather, going through the thick and thin of it every day. Thanks again for your comments..glad you are enjoying the Sea News pages.
Hello Mark ..welcome. Good to hear from you all the way up there in Northants. Ah yes have often gazed at those local glorious gliders over that way on summer days..tranquil beauty in motion. You made us laugh about Brussels standardising the seagull.
Look at this guy from yesterday...
This Monster Mover came grinding and growling down the seafront yesterday around 1pm. It had a police escort front and rear, because of its size no doubt. The front escort just out of shot. We are seeing an upsurge in monster movers lately and this is the latest. I dont know what it is...is it a container lifting crane or similar? Bit of a beast. Came close to crushing that blue car left like an elephant would a bug..Look at the size of those tyres.
SEAFRONT LIGHTS: Glad the guys at the Port noticed our comment mentioning that the very central light amongst the all new seafront lights wasn't working...the guys came to fix it late yesterday...and now we have the full set of new lights all glowing brightly along Dover Seafront...the new lights run from the Premier Inn to the Yacht Club. White light rather than orange light as we noted previously...and very nice too.Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 07:33
vic matcham, Dover
This is a very good site with some great photos of the sea and the port and the ships that come and vist us all the year round and in all weathers,I worked at sea off and on in ny working life on ships mainly welding ,just glad not out there this year,I was on a ship working in the 1987 storms but this time it has gone on for so many weeks and looks like no end to it yet,but the good news about it all it is keeping the snow away.Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 02:02
howard mcsweeney, dover
the photos get ever more dramatic - the cloud formation is a great one, this one was taken at the hoe last friday by stephen walker during a volunteer conservation day.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:17
Mark Rushton, Northants (email@example.com)
Great Blog - as someone who has an interest in the ferries and as a fairly regular visiting instructor at Channel Gliding Club just up the road I find it very enlightening. As regards your feathered friend, my money's on a cormorant (or possibly a sh*g, but that might not get past the lewdity filter....). Your comment implies that Brussels are now standardising the seagull, which, although disappointing, really doesn't come as that much of a surprise....
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:02
Although we haven't experienced it as bad as some parts of the country, particularly Wales and Cornwall, we too have had our very rough days here in Dover, we have certainly had our moments. Maybe the worst of the stormy weather is gone now...or do we speak too soon? This picture above was taken yesterday and shows the sea just outside the western exit. The seabird thought it best to move sharpish when it saw this roller approaching...not sure what kind of a bird it is but it doesn't look like the standard seagull.
Scroll down the page to see the Le Touquet deal from MYFERRYLINK.Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 08:04
These are rough oul times weatherwise and no mistake, and it goes on.. with a further Atlantic surge due in today monday. The picture above shows the sky yesterday morning over the channel. A big big sky with very unusual cloud formation..with added swirl. Once again it was the sunday morning calm between two storms as before long this sky had transformed itself into a Force 9 Gale of some severity.
And Now...for those contemplating a breather from all the buffeting...here's an idea from MYFERRYLINK....
A January Getaway in Le Touquet
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Have a soft spot for Le Touquet myself for sure.
Thanks Tempie, glad you are liking the pictures.
Monday, 6 January 2014 - 06:22
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi Paul Boland, Thank you for getting back and letting me know! My apologies! I will go to the main forum, register and post my request there. GREAT PICTURES!
Kind Regards Tempie Williams Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 12:57
This is about as LIVE as we can get...the Port of Dover guys came to retrieve their stairwell a few minutes ago.
Yes you are right indeed Vic they came to get it poste haste as you can see from the picture above, also you are right about the safety aspect of things, people should keep well clear when its at its worst. Thanks also for the info re fixings etc. Those fixtures and fittings have had to put up with a fierce pounding lately. I never remember it as bad.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:57
vic matcham, Dover
Thanks Paul are you trying to make me feel better about it.?
but I think it is the fixings out of the wall not the weldingthis time,they could still be the old ones lots of good outdoor paints about now. but somone will be taking that up the s/yard if it is not moved soon
Some great photos of the sea taken but as already said the public should stay well away from the fencing and walls,if they go in they will never get out again with the winds and sea like it is now the waves will push the person hard up against the wall and that will be that but some will not be told till it is to late.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:54
Thanks Ray and Vic re the information below about the walkway/gangplank or whatever one might call it. I did wonder if it might have come from the Prince of Wales pier but.... The picture above left shows the very very high tide almost swallowing the local pier, and the pic on the right shows the sea about to reclaim the stairs having given it up earlier. The tide is low as I write and it is still there in situ mid beach( further pictures below ). It looks quite a new stairs Vic so maybe one of them newer fellers did the welding work on this one.
Tempie Williams this is not the main forum, this is the Sea News section for nautical items only. You would need to post your message on the central forum which is now under.. www.dover.uk.com/forums/ .. following our merger. Register with Doverforum there and you will probably have more of a wider chance of getting help. The Register link is at the top of the page there on the right hand side. Good luck in your quest.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 07:40
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (email@example.com)
Dear Members of the Dover Forum,
I am posting my ancestry request for information below upon the kind response suggestion of Mr. David Hannent FRICS FBEng MCIArb ,
“ Hi Seasons Greetings.
I find your quest very interesting but I really am not into this kind of research. I have my own family tree which is sadly neglected due to me having to work all hours. I am sure those you have contacted will help or perhaps try doverforum.com and post a request - there are many there that have time and knowledge.
I wish you well
Firstly, my name is Tempie Williams. I am American- born with deceased American- born parents. My husband is British -born with Dominican parents and we live in Crawley, England. I accidently just came across the 'Dover Historian' website and with great interest! I sent my request to the publisher and several others in England, US and Dominica , as I am coming to you here, asking if anyone could assist me in finding out more information or point me in the right direction regarding:
A slave according to the 'Slave Registers of Former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812- 1834 and Dominica General Registry of Slaves … stating his:
Estimated birth year: is abt 1800, Age: 17, Nationality: Creole, Gender: Male, Parish: St. Joseph, Colonial Dependency: Dominica , Name of owner or Plantation: Dover Estate.
Secondly, I believe according to all my research that he could be the father to my 3rd great grandmother born in North Carlina according to , USA on my mother ( born in Alabama, USA) ancestry lineage. I am finding fascinating discoveries in both my mom and dad's ancestry lineage. I have a ancestry wiki page that I tried to post here and was not able to but coulf provide if needed to give better detail to my story.
Again, If you have any information or can point me in the right direction, I would be most appreciative. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(P.S. I also sent an email to: Mr, Paul Boland : email@example.com, regarding my posting of this request.)
Tempie Williams (of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Tempie Williams )
Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 06:30
vic matcham, Dover
I hope they are not I fixed them there but that years ago.Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 14:06
Ray H, Dover
Those steps look familiar, i suspect they have broken away from the beach access opposite the Gateway Flats!
Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 10:28
Just come back on to add this picture to the ones in the post below..as just noticed what has surprisingly washed up.
...Yes indeed its a gangway or walkway of large dimension and the stormy weather clearly took it from elsewhere and deposited it right here on the beach. If anyone is searching for a missing stairway then here she is... I'm still waiting nay hoping for a pot of gold to turn up one morning! What are the chances??
See also the pictures below just added earlier.Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 08:22
WATCH OUT GUYS ! THERE'S ANOTHER ONE COMING...
These youngsters had much fun yesterday dodging the seafront waves. The relentless spray and pounding had them hugely entertained for ages. Much better than video games!!? And fairly safe to do in Dover but not safe everywhere as we hear on the news. But of course nobody should take any chances.
The Spirit of France was back in full service yesterday after its refit, see also post further below. Here she is arriving back into harbour in the choppy afternoon conditions. The hazardous weather goes on...the ferries had to cope with a Severe Gale 9 out in the Channel again yesterday.
This chap at bottom of picture was caught by surprise by the leaping wave as he strolled along yesterday. Whoooosh!
Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 07:26