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Post 738
  vIC mATCHAM, Dover
Paul in 1962 I was posted to the outer Hebrides on a RAF station and the only way out was to lift the 3ton lorry was by net,then chain it down to the deck.
But on the way over the weather was so bad the chain came off and the lorry was swing around on just one chain on the back and it took out two cars one on each side.
One of the cars was a Bently and the owner was not a happy person.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 22:29
Post 737
  PaulB, Dover

The Empress arriving earlier this morning in some style. The Saga Sapphire also in as we mentioned. The busy week goes on...

Vic always interesting stories from yourself. I remember those nets you talk about. Not here in Dover of course but from way back in the Emerald isle...Dun Laoghaire. I had a pride and joy one time. A BSA Shooting Star motorcycle to die for...a café racer off the North Circular for sure. It was gold and chrome with dropped clip-on handlebars and gear change rearsets..ah it was the bees knees. I wanted to take it travelling to England. I asked my father with wide eyed innocence like ye do they get the bike onto the ship? he says to me so he does...they will probably wheel it up the gangplank. So I thought they would wheel it on...but not a bit of it.

Along swept the crane with huge net. And before I knew it.. the workers wheeled my bike into the net and whoosh up she went with me shocked to my boots and all the while having a cardiac arrest.. But despite the shock the bike was fine when we got to the other end but yours truly was a little bit the worse for wear after a rough oul nautical Irish sea.

Yes a nice picture of Barbara Buczek as you say. Good luck with the outside gym ideas.
The P&O Choir thrilled us all during a long winter. They along with Gareth Malone himself were absolutely fab.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 14:57
Post 736
  Vic Matchm, Dover
Again very good photos .
And great to see the PO Choir, as you know I did sing in a choir myself and what they have done in a year is outstanding '
To go from none singers to being one of the best choirs in the UK well done.
There is the prove that we all can sing just need training so choirs always need new members, so try it you will find you will get all the help you need. And you do not have to read music so get yourself along there you will love it.

Good photo of a very fine looking woman Miss Barbara Bucclek I hope she will stay with the D.H.B.
I had a talk to her about getting a outside gym down on the front she is very helpful and already working to get one.
Ah the ships yet again we see the fine ships going to our port to think when I was BOY all there was 1 ferry lifting about a doz cars one at a time by net on and off the ship and the ship was only about 4000tons to the ones we have today roll on and off coming in at over 30.0000 tons .
I have seen so much done in my life time at the port and steam trains running along the front.
I myself having taken part in what it is today means a lot to myself my last job there was overseeing and doing it myself all the welding done on the most of the new births.
And working on repairs on the front.
I loved it. Thank you.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 08:03
Post 735
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


The Right Worshipful the Town Mayor of Dover, Councillor Veronica Philpott, surprised members of The P&O Ferries Choir during rehearsals to present the singers with special awards in recognition of their role as ambassadors for Dover.

The Mayor congratulated each member of the choir in turn and thanked them for their positive representation of the town, as she handed them an engraved glass medallion.

The choir won the BBC’s ‘Sing While You Work’ television series at the end of last year. Their performances since then have included appearances in Dover Town Hall with the White Cliffs Symphonic Winds orchestra, and at the Hammersmith Apollo with Susan Boyle. Their forthcoming engagements include the Leeds Castle open air concert on 12 July which is the largest open air classical concert in the UK.

Hilary Campbell, the choir’s musical director, said: “The Mayor’s visit was a complete surprise and very much appreciated by all. It was extremely kind of the town council to make this gesture and for the Mayor to make time to visit us in person to present the awards was very generous indeed.”


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When the AIDA Bella made its inaugural call last week, Barbara Buczek, General Manager and Head of Business Development and Corporate Affairs at the Port of Dover was on hand to present them with a very worthy plaque to mark the special occasion. You can see Barbara with the Senior Officers in the shot above. The super colourful AIDA ships are very welcome and regular visitors here to Dover and of course it is always great to see a new ship like the AIDA Bella joining in. Always very welcome.

Now unpinned from top slot ! Smiley

UPDATE: Both Saga Sapphire and Empress now in Port. Will aim to have pictures later.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 06:17
Post 734
  howard mcsweeney, dover
fair point from kevin about the attraction of capital cities, coastal towns don't have the same allure to cruise passengers.

mike and jan refer to the café on the pier, the problem is when is it open. a board in place at the entrance to the pier says whether it is open or closed but during school holidays it gets mysteriously turned around.

re; the marina - I rather like it where it is, get great photos from the swingbridge, If the plans come to fruition the walk along the pier will not have the same attraction.

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 18:16
Post 733
  Mike J., Dover
A trip on the SOUTHERN MAID is recommended for interesting low-level pix of the harbour, particularly when a cruise ship is in port.
Also interesting 'angles' on Dover & the castle.
There's a good commentary & the crew are very friendly.

JanT - always a nice stroll up the Prince of Wales, particularly when the weather is good & the caff is open !

Sadly if the various plans for Western Docks ever come off we will lose access to most of the Prince of Wales & most views on the remaining stub accessible to the public will be thru a forest of masts in the new marina - see PaulB's post 418 & earlier.

I see that the DIEPPE SEAWAYS left the Eastern Arm about 1500 & at 1745 had just left Calais & so seems to be 'back on the run'

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 17:45
Post 732
  JanT, Dover
Yes certainly was a busy day on Dover seafront yesterday,people were enjoying the sun PaulB and myself took a very leisurely stroll along the pier, to take a look at the cruise liner, close up it certainly looked impressive.SmileySmiley
We even stopped for a cup of tea in the cafe at the end many people had the same idea, and even the fishermen were out in force.

We are very lucky we have a seafront that definatly comes into its own on days like yesterday.

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 10:18
Post 731
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Great photos, Paul! A lot of the cruise ships visiting Dover also call at Le Havre on Northern Europe itineraries as it is the closest deep sea port to Paris. Just as some of the passengers arriving in Dover go on coach trips to London, likewise with Le Havre.

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 07:28
Post 730
  PaulB, Dover
Yes indeed Kevin it was truly a gorgeous day in delightful Dover yesterday sunday. We had hundreds of visitors from all corners of the EU enjoying the facilities here on Dover Seafront. Some were swimming, some were sailing, some were just strolling, and some were even dining Al Fresco...whoever he is !Smiley

The picture above is almost a true summer picture, it shows of course the MSC Magnifica leaving last evening at 6.30pm on a sea of ice blue. Yes a busy week for cruise liners...always worth visiting our seafront to see them all coming and going and too-ing and fro-ing.

Above...and we head for Le Havre and all points south. Its all happening in Le Havre these days ..when its not happening in Dover !
The Emerald cargo ship arriving just at the same time as the Magnifica was departing. Believe it or not at 5.30am this morning this one left again with the help of the tugboats. As we say...busy busy time for the cargo business.

John and Vic ..interesting comments there on the Southern Queen. I must take more notice of her the next time she glides by. I didn't realise she was such a rarity. I did get some pictures several years ago but it must be time for a few new ones.

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 07:16
Post 729
  John Mavin, Dover
There can't be many vessels in Dover older than Southern Queen. The following is taken from Dover White Cliff Tours website :-

...... "Southern Queen" was built in 1935 and was known as the "Hearts Content". She is 47ft in length, constructed of pitch pine on oak frames. She was one of four boats that ran from Plymouth to Bovis and Cawsands as part of a herring fleet until the 1960's. In 2001 she was welcomed to Dover and was renamed the "Southern Queen" and is the only one of her kind left. In 2012 the captain started to restore the vessel's interior to her original wood state.

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 00:04
Post 728
  Vic Matcham, Some where in Dover
Good to see the White cliff motor boat still running with vistors to Dover on it.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 12:17
Post 727
  Kevin Charles, Dover
Lovely morning arrival for MSC Magnifica. Looks like passengers are in for a glorious day in sunny Dover!

A busy week ahead for Dover with Saga Saphire and Empress (Tuesday); Celebrity Constellation and AIDAluna (Wednesday); and no less than three ships on Thursday with MSC Orchestra, Albatros and Princess Daphne all in port. The week ends with the return of Ryndam.

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 07:32
Post 726
  PaulB, Dover
It truly is awesome to see this great giant of a beast gliding gently across the harbour early on a bright sunny morn. Yes its the magnificent MSC Magnifica coming to see us once again, back to pay another visit to us here in Dover..extraordinaire!

Busy times for the cruise liners and very welcome they are. The Ryndam was with us yesterday as we is a shot of her after reaching the open seas last evening. Slipped out almost un-noticed she did. On her way north to Bergen.

Lovely work below there John. Smiley

Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 07:09
Post 725
  John Mavin, Dover
Here are some more of the Ryndam from previous visits. It's always a pleasure to see ships of the Holland America Line, a company founded in the 1870s which catered for the Transatlantic market before being swallowed up by the Carnival Corporation in 1989.

One of their best loved ships, the 1958-built Rotterdam, was lovingly restored and returned in 2006 to her home city where she is now a hotel, museum and educational centre. We can't even seem to save one classic cross-channel ferry!

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 11:48
Post 724
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


The timing of Easter might ebb and flow like the tides, but what is clear is that the flow of tourist customers choosing Europe’s busiest ferry port is growing as the Port of Dover’s work to transform customer service continues.

Comparing the March-April period for 2013 with 2014 in order to capture the earlier Easter last year and the later holiday this year, the Port accommodated 5% more cars and 2.3% more coaches compared to 2013.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port plays an important role in getting families off to a great start when heading off for their Easter holidays. This year has been no exception.

“In fact, the growth in traffic over the key Easter period shows that the brilliant customer service we are committed to delivering with our major ferry business partners and the shared vision of delivering the best port in the world is ringing true with our customers who deserve a brilliant break.”

Such good tourist customer results are on top of almost 10% growth in freight vehicles over the same period.

Mr Waggott added: “We already handle £89 billion of trade each year. Seeing such positive growth on top of a 13% growth in freight vehicles last year shows how customers increasingly rely on us to get them where they need to go – whether it is goods to European markets or people to great holiday destinations.”

Brian Rees, Head of Press & Public Relations, P&O Ferries commented: “The Port of Dover can be seen as a barometer of economic conditions and the robust uplift in freight volumes is really encouraging as it reflects a return to market growth. Tourist volumes are also strengthening and after several years of having economic conditions against us this is a heartening start to the year.”


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Always great news to see the Port doing well as per the uplifting figures above. Onwards and ever upwards.
Cruise liners aplenty coming into Dover now too.
This morning's arrival... Saturday around 5.30am

Yes its an early arrival for our old familiar friend The Ryndam, back for another year and very welcome too.

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 05:57
Post 723
  Mike J., Dover
Mid-morning Friday the DIEPPE SEAWAYS shifted across from No.6 to the Eastern Arm & remains there.

Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 01:12
Post 722
  PaulB, Dover
The Pacific Breeze leaving us at about 7.15am this morning heading for Vlissingen . She left through the western exit which is unusual for a cargo ship but as we know things are slightly out of sync at the moment following the recent mishap. The pinned post re the DFDS incident has been released from the top and has now slipped down the page so to see it just scroll down. We wish all those with injuries a speedy recovery.

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 15:49
Post 721
  Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (

Dance to France 2 – Midsummer Madness!

Saturday 28th. June on board MV Spirit of Britain.

Midsummer Madness is due to hit the channel at the end of June. That’s the theme of the next Dance to France event on Saturday 28th. June.

Announced today, the disco cruise aimed at raising funds for the Dover Lifeboat and the TSS Dover project is set to build on the success of the last party on board MV Spirit of Britain at the end of March. PsychoSean has been booked again to organise the disco and the forward lounge on the vessel with its’ central dance floor will be the venue.

“Numbers are strictly limited to 250,” commented Andy MacLean, one of the organisers of the event. “It’s first come first served and we’ve already got reservations in hand from many who enjoyed the last cruise!”

Fancy dress on a theme of ‘Summer Beach Party,’ is optional but will be encouraged by bumper prizes for participants. “Think Caribbean, think Hawaii or come dressed for Dover beach on a rainy day,” Andy suggested, “At any event we’re all going to have a lot of fun!”

The Dance to France cruise is non-landing but party-goers will need their passports. Tickets for cars with up to seven occupants or for foot passengers who will be bussed from Dover Priory station are on sale now from 01227 732414 or from 01304 210572.

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 10:20
Post 720
  PaulB, Dover
Here is a picture of the air ambulance arriving during the Dieppe Seaways incident on thursday.
A long range pic..that's Jubilee Way in the immediate foreground.
Well done Mike with the report and pictures below. Smiley
Quite right Vic, thankfully we still have the resources to throw at these potentially nasty incidents.

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 05:43
Post 719
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Thank you sir for that report it is good to know even with all the cut backs going on at this time that the e/services can turnout in very quick time.

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 05:06
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