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The Disney Magic entering the Port of Dover once again after a brief channel run....

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Post 1249
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Another nice deal with free wine......enjoy Smiley

Free Magnum of Wine for the first 600 MyFerryLink bookings for outbound travel in November

Issued 28 October 2014: With Christmas just around the corner, Dover-Calais ferry operator MyFerryLink is giving its customers an early present of a magnum of red wine for the first 600 bookings made between now and 29 November 2014.

With any duration fares starting from just £35 each way for a car and up to nine passengers, travelling by ferry is a great option for those planning to take a pre-Christmas break and stock up on their favourite French delicacies or for those visiting friends and family over the Christmas period.

As well as low fares, the first 600 MyFerryLink bookings will receive a free magnum of Petites Folies wine as a gift. This offer is available for all bookings made by 29 November 2014, for outbound travel between 1st to 30th November 2014 and return travel at any time in 2014.

To book, visit and quote ‘WINE’ or call 0844 2482 100



The Berlioz looking good.

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Although it is getting later in the year, there are still fantastic trips to be had on calm seas under big skies....both of which you can see in this recent picture..
We like our Big Sky pictures Smiley

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 06:53
Post 1248
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Saturday was a hugely exciting day for these little sailboats in Dover Harbour. The Sea Sports Centre was buzzing. There must have been something like forty boats whizzing this way and that out on the water. Tremendous colourful excitement for all the kids of all ages. Lots of safe monitoring too with much whistle blowing from the RIBs dashing hither and tither. To tell the gospel truth yours truly does not fully understand the whole procedure but just to say that everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves greatly and that these boats add a super colourful exciting content to any day out on the water. Great fun was had by all.

A special pictorial tribute post to the whole team at the Sea Sports Centre.Smiley

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 06:50
Post 1247
  PaulB, Dover
Above is a picture of the two current tugboats...Boulonnais and Dauntless just after they released the Columbian Star. Returning from a terribly exciting sunday morning jaunt to the supermarkets I saw the aforementioned cargo ship turning in the bay...the turning procedure always makes for some good pictures but frustratingly there was no camera to hand. However when yours truly eventually reached the 'observation tower' I managed to get the tail end of the goings on, hence the picture above and the two below. The ones below taken just after the Columbian Star left the harbour and went out into the open sea...longer range. The Columbian Star of course is a regular visitor here to the Port of Dover.

Just to mention that Saturday was a hugely busy day for the little sailing boats out there in the harbour...there must have been, well I don't know...thirty or forty out on the water. There may have been a special event on, as it all looked mightily busy at the Seasports centre. We will have some pictures of the sailboats in the next day or so all being well.

Monday, 27 October 2014 - 05:22
Post 1246
  PaulB, Dover
That looks like the Columbian Star Howard...will have a few more pictures of that one tomorrow. That looks like the ship arriving..she left today with a huge load. Fast turnaround as ever.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 18:36
Post 1245
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
A humble container ship passing through yesterday.

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 13:08
Post 1244
  PaulB, Dover

Whats this!? yes its an adorable des res in prime location with all amenities..right in the heart of all the throbbing pulsating action. Yours truly got quite excited when seeing this as was convinced it was to be the new home. Think of all the great photos from there with an added platform on the roof. I slept on it overnight, figured out all the legal paraphernalia, established how to raise the deposit....but alas alas heartbreak in the morning...the house was gone. It came Friday went Saturday...sheesh!

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 08:04
Post 1243
  ColetteB, Dover
A G&T whilst ambling gently around the harbour on the stylish Sea Dawn, what's not to like!! yes please Smiley
That's a cracking Super Sailing Ship at the top of the page Smiley

Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 13:56
Post 1242
  PaulB, Dover
Anyone for a G&T...
This classic style cruiser called Sea Dawn spent most of the afternoon a couple of days ago, during a calm interlude in the turbulent weather, just ambling quietly and gently around the harbour. Its old classic lines which are almost reminiscent of the best days of Hollywood prompted me to search the web to see if it was a noted vessel...and here we are.

An excerpt from famed auctioneer Bonhams catalogue in 2008..

"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's Motor Cruiser
Length:48ft.(14.63m) Beam:11ft.2in.(3.40m) Draft:4ft.9in.(1.45m)

Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Painted white to the waterline and red below, with a black boot top.

Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system.

General arrangement: Foredeck of laid planks, with galvanised cleats, fairleads and anchor windlass. Varnished guardrail with metal stanchions, square hatch to forepeak and glazed skylight to cabin. Ventilators to engine compartment. Varnished mahogany wheelhouse with port side entry, grab rails and tabernacle for steadying sail mast. Outside steering position to the rear, with dual wheel and engine controls. Raised aft cabin top with clerestory glazing and cream roof. Step down to small aft deck, of varnished laid planks, with sampson posts, fairleads, central warping winch and ensign staff.

Open cockpit aft, with upholstered side bench seats. Gas locker stowage beneath the starboard side, open stowage to port. Step down via double doors to Saloon, with sofa/berth to port, "L" shaped sofa to starboard, which opens to double berth. Fitted with storage cupboards and bookshelf. Single doorway to Galley space, with worktop to port and fridge beneath, gimballed gas cooker to starboard with stainless steel double drainer sink and gas water heater.

Bulkhead doors to engine space. Step up to wheelhouse, with hydraulic steering to port, bench seating and chart space. Step down with heads compartment to starboard, having a pump-out sea toilet and Porta Potti. Washroom to port, with hot/cold running water and shower, draining into separate sump. Door to sleeping cabin, with berths to port and starboard, stowage beneath and hanging cupboard. Further door to crew space, with two pipe cots to starboard, warp and sail stowage to port and anchor chain locker forward.

Saleroom notices...Late entry lot.
"Sea Dawn" A Rampart 48 Gentleman's motor cruiser Built by Rampart Boat Building Co., Southampton in 1960 of mahogany on rock elm timbers, with iroko decks. Engines: Twin Perkins P6 diesel. Instrumentation includes Revolution counters, ammeter, oil pressure, fuel and water temperature gauges. Fitted with 24volt electrics and eight storage batteries, with management system. Estimate £52,000-55,000

Very interesting info below Mike. Smiley

That sounds like both a tough job and a great job all at the same time Vic. Yes wages were that low alright in the old days...I mentioned this wage level to my daughter just the other day, and she immediately assumed I was talking about the hourly rate...I said no...we got about £5 a week!!
Strewth!! Smiley

Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 08:39
Post 1241
  vic matcham, Dover
When I left school waiting till I went in the Army one of my first jobs was being a cabin boy on the pilot cutters out of Dover staying at sea one week at a time we would have the pilots living on the ship and being taken over to the ships by small boat best paid job for a boy of my age pay was £5 aweek alot of money in the 1950s SmileyBUT MOST OF THE TIME i WAS SEA SICK.

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 20:18
Post 1240
  Mike J., Dover
I’m sure PaulB was right about the pilot boat yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon the bulk carrier YEOMANBROOK & the container ship CAP HAMILTON called off the port for the same reasons.

This is a quite common practice when the weather is bad & the pilots are unable to leave their ships after leaving Continental ports, particularly ships from Antwerp when they leave the River Scheldt & the pilot boat there [sometimes a helicopter] operate in a very exposed area.

If the weather is still too bad at Dover for the ‘over-carried’ pilot to disembark, they usually have to stay aboard until Brixham.

When the Ostend service was running out of Dover back in the 90s I remember that occasionally an ‘Ostender’ would be delayed for a few minutes to allow the Belgian pilot to join rather than a long wait for the next service.

The pilots are usually landed by one of George Hammond’s yellow launches - a long-established Dover company founded in 1767 who have had deep involvement with the port & shipping in general for many years.
They provide a multitude of services, from stevedoring to their own pilotage service & much else besides.
Their website is worth a look -

Meantime, down in the Tug Haven, the DAUNTLESS was carefully snuggling up to the BOULONNAIS after returning from a job.

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 08:46
Post 1239
  PaulB, Dover
It was a tough ol' day again yesterday Thursday out there on the briny blue. Especially later in the day when the weather closed in. These pictures of the giant Goonyella Trader were taken around 5pm as the ship moved in close to harbour. I think we ascertained that when they do this procedure it is usually to drop off a pilot or sometimes for a change of crew. We reckon it was the pilot option yesterday as the small pilot boat bobbed and weaved its way out to the ship in the rough seas and just as it began to drizzle too...just to add to the difficulty.

The picture at the tip top of page is clearly our best pic of the delightful Mercedes tall Dutch sailing ship. But I guess it is worth adding the one immediately above here just to show the contrast of the various vessels afloat out there. The huge ferry beats down upon the by-comparison rather delicate looking tall sailing ship but of course all was safe. I say delicate sailing ship...but it dashed through the rough water with optimum ease, so it appeared anyway. It looked terrific. Yours truly wouldn't fancy it in that weather however as ones sea legs are still trying to recover from the Princess Maud !

Well done with those pix below Mike. Good to see those. Yes big progress has been made at the old Seacat berth, popped down there on Monday to see the cruise liners up close and got some pictures of the dive vessel, the divers were working at the time...must fetch the pictures out of the system.

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 07:30
Post 1238
  Mike J., Dover
Nice pix [& interesting story] from PaulB about ESMERALDA & BOULONNAIS & super sailing ship shot at the top of the page.

The DOUGHTY is currently away for refit up in Hull.

Having their own refits & a spot of TLC on the onetime Commercial Quay on Wednesday were the former lifeboat MAXIMUS & the hard-working DHB survey launch DIANA.

It looks like like the Seacat berth job is about finished with only tidying-up going on.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 07:01
Post 1237
  PaulB, Dover
We have had a couple of working boats from Boulogne right here with us in the harbour over the past few days. First of all we saw the hi-speed action from Lifeboat Boulonnais alongside our own Lifeboat, pictures further down the page in post 1156, now we have tugboat Boulonnais right in the thick of it. We understand this tug is replacing Doughty in the short term as presumably Doughty is away for a refit.

The picture above was taken over the weekend in calmer conditions...the picture below was taken in rough ol' conditions on tuesday as she went to meet the approaching Esmeralda. Some of the guys will know more about this tugboat for any further information or memories welcome.
Yes there she is above heading out to meet Cargo ship Esmeralda ( One promised not to do the joke about 'The Bells The Bells' again but alas one has a soft spot for Esmeralda and cant resist Smiley )

There is a story about Esmeralda's arrival. Both tugs were ready to meet her at about 17.50. The picture below was taken at that time as she approached. Within minutes the mother and father of a squall/thunderstorm hit us with flashing lightning and all the rest, and with driving rain like you would only see in a monsoon. In the space of five minutes.. no more, the conditions had transformed from a sunlit evening to pitch black hell. All happening as Esmeralda entered harbour. After a short while they had to abandon docking Esmeralda and she went back out into the open sea again. Clearly it wasn't safe. Don't recall seeing such a situation before. Never a dull moment here in Dover eh ! She returned later that night and all was well.

Hope all enjoy the fab sailing ship at the top of page. Wow! was that sea rough !! yet she streaked through with maximum elegance.

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 06:41
Post 1236
  PaulB, Dover
Another picture above from our glorious Monday when the weather was fabulous with cruise liners 'exotique' to match. But in the midst of all this excitable cruise liner activity some of the other vital activities were going on as well and of course must not be overlooked...the pic above shows the UK Border Agency setting off on monday morning to tackle whatever the day brings again out in the channel. Here we see Seeker, our protector against all sorts of marauders .. just whispering by the AIDA Cara on her way out to sea. Note that big eye on the AIDA Cara...watching the watchers!

By Tuesday the weather had turned rough. We were scarily promised all kinds of levels of Armageddon by the newspapers, the tail end of Hurricane Gonzo or whatever they called it, but in actual terms in transpired to be not much more than a windy you can see in the pix below. First one shows the Pride of Kent just leaving the harbour and finding out just how rough it is. Several minutes later the Spirit of France began her approach once Kent was out of the way.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 06:56
Post 1235
  PaulB, Dover
Monday was a fabulous day for cruise liners in the Port of Dover and no mistake. Both the giant AIDA Sol and the smaller AIDA Cara arrived in an impressive double header and looked absolutely fantastic all day in Dover's glorious sunshine. Of course we here in Dover laid on the sunshine specially so that the season could go out in...well in a blaze of sunshine. We had not expected the AIDA Sol but here she was, all 72,000 tons of her. They both left last night around 19.40 (7.40pm) moving away in a dazzling array of electrical colour. The AIDA Sol moving slowly across the harbour first and leaving through the eastern exit...followed slightly later by the AIDA Cara out the western exit and both turned south in tandem for the journey to Le Havre.

Top shot AIDA Sol, then AIDA Sol and AIDA Cara...then AIDA Cara.

Great stuff below lads. Crackers below there in post 1161 Ed of the AIDA ships, the second one in particular full of atmosphere..lovin it !
Real classic ferries in post 1162 from Mike. Gosh well before my time in frontline Dover, amazing to see those..glad you enjoyed those Vic.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 08:20
Post 1234
  vic matcham, Dover
I worked on both of them +the St David alot of my welding holding them up. Smiley. IT would be great to see one of them back in Dover and made into a sea Heritage centre .Smiley

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 04:09
Post 1232
  Mike J., Dover

These two former Dover ferries are laid up in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras & were photographed last week.

They've been there since 2012 following the bankruptcy of their Moroccan owners who used them in a service across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Sealink’s ST.CHRISTOPHER is now the IBN BATOUTA & left Dover in 1991.
The former RMT ferry REINE ASTRID [the second Belgian ferry with this name] left the Dover/Ostend service in 1998 & is now the AL MANSOUR.

Their full histories can be seen in the ‘Past & Present’ feature on the DOVER FERRY PHOTOS website.

Both ships face an uncertain future as do several other elderly ferries also laid up in the port & their next voyage could well be to the shipbreakers.

The ST.CHRISTOPHER’s sister ship, the ST.ANSELM remains in service in the Adriatic & can be seen on AIS as the BARI running between southern Italy & Albania.

Monday, 20 October 2014 - 23:15
Post 1231
  Ed Connell, Dover
AIDAsol and AIDAcara

Monday, 20 October 2014 - 19:54
Post 1227
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Minister sees Positive Vision of the Future
... and the world class Port of Dover operation

The team at the Port of Dover was delighted to welcome Minister of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP, for a tour of the Port and discussions on how the UK’s busiest port is undergoing major development whilst delivering record volumes of freight traffic as the economy continues to grow.

The Minister visited Port Control, the nerve centre that ensures safe vessel movements at the Port, as well as Terminal Control, which controls all landside activity. He also observed the ongoing refurbishment of Berth 2, part of an ongoing major programme of berth refurbishment and renewal, and saw how the ongoing Traffic Management Improvement project at Dover is already transforming the Port to deliver a better customer experience for the 13 million passengers who already choose Dover as their gateway to and from the UK.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover said:

“It was a real privilege to host the Minister in our fabulous port. We were greatly encouraged that he clearly saw the benefits of our vision for the future to the Port, to Dover and the UK.

“He also recognised that alongside the positive recent developments of the community fund and progress on the appointment of community directors, the team was continuing to deliver a first class operational performance, essential for the economic prosperity of the nation. We look forward to welcoming him back to Dover in the near future.”


Picture from left to right: George Jenkins OBE (Chairman Dover Harbour Board), Tim Waggott (Chief Executive Dover Harbour Board), Charlie Elphicke (MP for Dover), Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP Minister of State for Transport, Michael Grace (Development Engineer) and Jack Goodhew (General Manager, Technical & Engineering Services).

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Yes indeed Kevin a double whammy of AIDA ships in today. They have taken us all by surprise. We wake to find an array of cruise lights not seen here for a while. The AIDA Cara is in as expected but the AIDA SOL which is a total whopper (to give it a technical term) is also in. It looks twice the size of the AIDA Cara at a guess.

It was dark when they came so no pictures sadly so if anyone can bag a shot you know where to put it.Smiley

Lovely picture of the Nederlands Reefer Ed. We have a great collection of cargo ships coming and going through Dover now and we are getting pictures of most of them for the Sea News collection so all can enjoy.

Monday, 20 October 2014 - 07:12
Post 1226
  Ed Connell, Dover
Nederland Reefer at the DCT yesterday.

Monday, 20 October 2014 - 06:50
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