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Svitzer Intrepid

Svitzer Intrepid... the temporary replacement tug for Doughty at the Port of Dover.

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Post 877
  Ed Connell, Dover
Re #806: The reason HMS Puncher and HMS Blazer have such large crews is that they are small training vessels attached to University Royal Navy Units, London and Southampton respectively, and carry a large number of students with training officers on short trips round the coast and near continent. Both vessels are based in Portsmouth and they are frequent visitors to Dover. The undergraduates have a whale of a time with lots of functions, mess dinners, shore visits etc. Some of them later go on to join the RN. There is a pemanent crew of five RN personnel attached to each vessel. As commissioned naval vessels they fly the White Ensign.

Re #782: “Below we have a pic of the crane that's been operating down at pier 2 or as Ed calls it ED2, to give it its proper name.” It was very nice of them to name all the berths after me although some people, quite wrongly in my opinion, say that ED stands for Eastern Docks. The piers are named alphabetically with a berth on each side. For example, one face of Pier A serves the linkspan on berth ED2 and the other the linkspan on berth ED3. Pier B is no longer used as the ferries grew much too large and the associated berth ED4 was dismantled, a large dolphin in between Piers A and B was also demolished for the same reason. Pier D is also no longer used, it originally served the associated catamaran berth but again there was not enough room for cats to berth safely with a ferry on the adjacent berth ED6. The cats have all gone anyway and I believe the other cat berth at the Hoverport is being dismantled. Pier E was built contiguous with Pier D to serve berth ED7.

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 13:54
Post 876
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Sorry! Missed the name of the magazine out in that last post - it is, of course, Dover Life!

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 09:30
Post 875
  Kevin Charles, Dover
There is an interesting article about the history of the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club. Always a great read for those interested in history of town and port.

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 09:29
Post 874
  PaulB, Dover
Great information in the post below there Kevin. Excellent and a very nice picture too. There were brilliant colours last evening for the Costa Classica's departure to Cherbourg and the most placid tranquil sea you will ever come across, nobody got motion sickness last night. I got very similar pictures to Kevin as can be seen.. just a slightly different angle. There is something exotic and exciting about those Costa ships for sure and on a warm summers evening..well it all looks totally fab. Puts one in the mood for a glass of the finest. Champagne anyone?? well it is the Fathers Day weekender..Smiley
Scheduled for today are the Ryndam and the Braemar according to ColetteB's listing. So watch for those...

Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 06:02
Post 873
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Ships of the Royal Navy fly the White Ensign as opposed to the Red of the Merchant Navy. There is also a Blue Ensign which can be flown by yachts owned by members of "priviliged" yacht clubs, one of which is Dover's very own Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club. There are a couple of variations, for example, where the master of a merchant ship holds a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve (Blue Ensign).

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 21:57
Post 872
  Keivn Charles, Dover
A perfect evening for the departure of the Costa Classica as she heads out into the English Channel on a flat clam sea bound for Cherbourg.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 21:29
Post 871
  Vic Matcham, Dover
That's the one some years ago I was in the R.N.V.R service and when we went in a port we had to put the Royal ensign flag up.Again great photos.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 20:53
Post 870
  PaulB, Dover
Hi Vic, here is another angle. This one shown here is HMS Puncher. There is a flag to the rear which is hidden from the head on picture in 802.
Is that the flag you refer to?
Yes indeed each boat has quite a large crew by the looks of it. The sleeping arrangements must be cramped and no mistake.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 16:04
Post 869
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Missing from the R.N.BOATS is the flag when visting a port the flag must always be shown.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 15:51
Post 868
  vic matcham, Dover
The very small R.N.Boats have more crew then the big ships where do they all sleep and eat.?But makes the cleaning easy for them

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 15:05
Post 867
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks Kevin. Yes always fascinating to see the Royal Navy flashing into Port. Off the top of my head I think we may have had similar vessels a while back...always great to see the Royal Navy. A great career for a youngster as seen in Pic Post 802.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 10:26
Post 864
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great photos, Paul! Couldn't quite get the two RN visitors. This class of ship are attached to universities to give sea experience for those interested in pursuing careers in the Royal Navy.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 08:22
Post 863
  PaulB, Dover
The Costa Classica arriving a few minutes ago...
At approximately 53,000 tons it is not the biggest of the Costa ships to visit us here in Dover, but as always it is very impressive, beautifully Mediterranean, note as ever their usual and iconic twin yellow peaks..
The liners keep right on a-coming. We have had a stunning array of ships so far and the season is still young.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 07:41
Post 862
  PaulB, Dover

Here we are Kevin...a picture of the two arriving.
Saw them quite by chance so grabbed the trusty camera. Long evening shadows once again though Im afraid. That's HMS Puncher leading the way with HMS Blazer coming along behind.

Friday, 13 June 2014 - 06:50
Post 861
  Kevin Charles, Dover
The Royal Navy ships, HMS Blazer and HMS Puncher have just arrived at the Port, presumably staying overnight.

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 19:21
Post 860
  Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 17:04
Post 859
  PaulB, Dover
Catching the late late sun on Tuesday evening were team Lifeboat. The whole scene looking immensely colourful in the dying sun with the giant AIDA Stella making an impressive backdrop. The guys were getting in some training I guess, keeping things sharp with the busy season upon us...and it sure gets busy as we know. They launched the small RIB as you can see in the picture below.
Three of the crew enter the small craft...
And away they go.
Eventually below.. a majestic final 'flypast'.
Good luck to them all in the coming season...Smiley

"For over 165 years Dover lifeboats have been saving lives and over 30 awards for gallantry have been presented to the crews. Today, the station operates the largest lifeboat in the fleet, a Severn class lifeboat.

This station is classed as a Discover station....our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. "

Thursday, 12 June 2014 - 07:12
Post 858
  PaulB, Dover
A couple of pictures here of the Azamara Journey. First one on the left shows her earlier in the day during her stay, and the one on the right shows her beginning to move off last evening getting a little assistance from the tug.
Following her out below a while later was the Aida Stella. You can see her here outside the harbour just turning south, the pilot has just left and a sail boat saunters nonchalantly by, enjoying the evening sun.

Vic you got me going there. I was about to set off to join you on the rear deck, champagne at the ready. Keep trying, you might win big yet. Smiley
Jan yes these are certainly exciting times..every morning something dazzling to see.

Thanks Kevin. Gosh you have a great memory going there Kevin..1994. Never knew that. A beautiful vessel for sure and certainly worth remembering.
Before my time in Dover, must have been quite different here in those days.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 - 06:18
Post 857
  Vic matcham, dover
Yes Paul that super yacht was the one I had on order because I won the euro on Friday but when I took my draw card into the shop it was only £3 not the 33milloin so I had to send it back but again great photos taken in good weather thank you.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 14:37
Post 856
  JanT, Dover
Yet again I open my curtains this morning to see two more cruise liners, a splendid sight in anybodies book.Smiley
Well done to DHB for getting these ships to make Dover a stop over.Smiley

Agree Kevin some great pictures below always good to see that those cameras have been busy.Smiley

Also good offer for Father's Day from myFERRYlink for those Dad's who enjoy golfSmileySmiley

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 11:41
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