Monday, 10 August 2020

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

Sea Pictures from DOVER ....

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Post 1165
  PaulB, Dover

We have had a enquiry in about the tugboat Diligent shown in the picture above. Can anyone help...??

Here is the accompanying email from Ged Marron. Welcome Ged and thanks for the picture.

Hi Paul my name is Ged Marron .
I try to find info, on the tug Diligent build at Appledore 1957 for the port of dover.

She worked in dover from 57 - 87 . I believe she was sold in 1987?? to Canada. and renamed. I am try to find out if any body on your forum
knows when she left dover , and was she renamed.

Many thanks
Ged Marron.


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Pictures here of the Harbour Patrol Vessel at around about 5pm last evening. They appear to be rescuing an abandoned windsurfer board comlete with sail from the water. This is quite a large thing to extract from the briny, larger than you might think. But the guys got it onboard well enough with the help of grappling hooks and so on..and then were off swiftly perhaps to re-unite it with its owner.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 06:22
Post 1164
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Re-appointment of Dover Harbour Board Chairman gives confidence and certainty...

Dover Harbour Board (DHB) is delighted to announce that George Jenkins OBE has been reappointed as Chairman.

Confirmed by the Minister of State for Transport, the Rt. Hon. John Hayes MP, Mr Jenkins will serve a further minimum term of one year. This is being seen as a clear sign of confidence from the Government that DHB is committed to delivering on its transformation agenda for the organisation itself, the development of the Port and its relationships with its customers and the local community.

George Jenkins said:
“It is an absolute honour to be reappointed. We have started a journey which has only been made possible due to the fantastic people in Dover.

“From the refreshed Board to the wonderful team of professional and dedicated staff led by Chief Executive Tim Waggott, we have worked and will continue to work tirelessly at being the best port in the world for the benefit of our customers and community.

“There is a gathering momentum in Dover to deliver a shared vision of a place that has the Port at its heart, which can and will be great, a place to come and build a successful career, a place to enjoy with a wealth of opportunities for local people and a global reputation for excellence.”

Mr Waggott added:
“I am thrilled for George and even more thrilled for Dover. We have, with our customers and community, achieved so much together in a short space of time. We have opened the lid on a world of possibilities, but this reappointment now gives us the mandate to carry on and actually deliver for Dover, turning vision to reality. This is good news for us all.”


Autumn at the Port. The busy Port of Dover just a few days ago.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 06:07
Post 1163
  PaulB, Dover
Picture from the famed White Cliffs this time shows our old friend again the Cote D'Ivoirian Star departing yesterday morning Tuesday around 9.30am. The whole operation since arrival took less than 24 hours. As you can see in the earlier pictures down page ..she came with a full load too and here we are.. off again already. A very slick operation as ever.

There is talk of a Port blockade this coming Saturday. Disgruntled lorry drivers are planning to block the Port in protest over the heavy fines imposed when the authorities find illegal immigrants on their vehicles. The blockade itself would be illegal we understand. This might NOT be the Saturday for the casual tripper to pop over to France. The situation will almost certainly result in chaos if it goes ahead.

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....further re Post 1079


Dover District Council is pleased to confirm that following discussions with Kent County Council, KCC has withdrawn plans for the White Cliffs Business Park to be considered as one of the possible sites for a potential lorry park.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said:
“We are pleased to confirm that following discussions with Kent County Council, they have withdrawn plans for the business park to be included in proposals for a new lorry park. We would like to thank KCC for listening to the concerns we expressed last week, including the effect of such proposals on the business park and the nearby residential development, and the effect on the wider regeneration of the area. This proposal was not appropriate for this site, and we are very pleased it has been withdrawn.”

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 06:29
Post 1162
  PaulB, Dover
The 'Sailing for Jesus' sail boat Elida passed by in elegant style on sunday evening. An appropriate day. Thought she might pop in as we remember seeing her in the harbour a year or two back. But not this time. No souls need saving in Dover...well not this time around anyway.

Here is some info from Wikipedia...

Elida is a Swedish all-Christian organisation, working under the motto "Sailing for Jesus" with the goal of spreading the message about Jesus Christ via a sailing boat with the same name. During spring and autumn, it sails mainly with youth, but also with corporations and other groups. In summertime it tours along the Swedish west coast with singing and music bringing the Christian message through people's life stories and testimonies. Wintertime it sails in southern Europe. The boat is normally berthed in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Busy day again yesterday for the cargo ships, one went out and within minutes this one pictured here...the Cote D'Ivoirian Star arrived with the full load as you can see. I tried to get a pic of the one departing too, the Atlantic Klipper bound for Hamburg but the mist and bad light left me with just a silhouette.
Great to see Dover getting ever busier with these cargo visits.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 07:05
Post 1161
  PaulB, Dover
Yours truly is nobody's idea of a wildlife photographer, but one couldn't resist this fella..there he was a-preening and a-fussing in the sunlight so I managed to zoom in and get something of a reasonable picture...
Now we know what those lampshades are for ! It is usually a clear sign that summer is gone for sure when we see the Cormorants on the seafront. The heaving populace move out and the wildlife move in. The chap here looks a bit battlehardened and weatherbeaten but a Cormorant is a Cormorant.

If you want to see proper wildlife pictures see the Wildlife thread on the main forum...Phil Smith is the star player there with some blindin' pictures... and many good pix from other guys too.

Monday, 22 September 2014 - 15:36
Post 1160
  brian, dover.
so p& o are offering a bribe of free bottles of wine,intresting.would be a better bribe if they redused there fares by the same amount as the bottles of wine would cost plus an extra 10 % of to.lolSmiley

Monday, 22 September 2014 - 13:24
Post 1159
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.


P&O Ferries has uncorked a cracking deal for day trippers heading across the Channel this autumn.

Book a Dover - Calais day trip for a car and passengers, with fares from just £25 return, and collect six free bottles of the new red, white or rosé Vive La Vie! wine from JP Chenet on board. The offer applies to bookings made from now until 31 October, for trips between 22 September to 13 November. Full details at


Picture below of the Spirit of France was taken on sunday from a sunny but windy Calais beach.
Somebody mentioned that sunday's wind on Calais beach would whip the skin off a rice pudding. Fortunately yours truly didn't have a rice pudding! Smiley

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As ever those FREE WINE offers from P&O are terrific. Helps to stock up especially with those unmentionable festivities just around the proverbial corner.
Many thanks to the guys over at P&O for letting us know.

Nice picture in the post below Karine. Well done with that. Yes there was some weird but wonderful weather in the past week giving interesting picture opportunities for sure. By the way.. also liking those bird pictures on the Castle thread in the main forum too.

Monday, 22 September 2014 - 06:35
Post 1158
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
We have seen many images on this thread where the weather has played a part.

This one was taken by Karine on the beach a few days ago of the "Spirit of France" appearing to float over the top of things.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 - 19:20
Post 1157
  PaulB, Dover
The fog continues to play a big part in the weather here in Dover, although it could probably just be called poor visibility at the moment of writing rather than thick fog. Yesterday (Friday) though we had it thick and solid. The picture above was taken about 5pm and it shows the fog beginning to roll back in dramatic fashion. This is as skullduggery with the picture. It really was a sort of a Freaky Friday weatherwise. You can see Harbour House in the middle of picture as the fog pulls back, that's it with the flag flying high. This, the DHB headquarters, is emerging from the shadows in more ways than one as it currently appears to be disrobing its blue netting and scaffolding too..slowly but surely.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 15:23
Post 1156
  PaulB, Dover
Good set of pictures below there Mike. Exactly as it was as the fog began to roll back about 4ish.
Foggy again today of course. Ferries are affected somewhat I understand. Will have a general pic or two later today.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 07:44
Post 1155
  Mike J., Dover
Out of the fogbanks came the CALAIS SEAWAYS on Friday afternoon.

Season of mists & mellow frightfulness . . . . .

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 23:12
Post 1154
  ColetteB, Dover
Just to remind everyone that there are no cruise ships due into Dover until next Saturday 27th September when the Saga Pearl II returns for the last time this year at CT1, TR.
I will be back later next week with the rest of this year's cruises Smiley

Looking at those photos of the murky conditions in the channel, I'm pleased that I'm not on a ferry today Smiley

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 16:18
Post 1153
  PaulB, Dover
The wailing warning bell rings out across the harbour, skipping over the water like a bouncing stone...

Yes thick fog everywhere today, foghorns, electronic pulses, the whole works....yours truly cant see a blasted thing Smiley
It has a sort of romantic enchantment though....yes really !

Don't forget if you want to Join the guys on the super Beach Clean this weekend...see the post below for details of how to get involved. Its simples..

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 11:11
Post 1152
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Port Supports Community Role in National Beachwatch Big Weekend Smiley

The Port of Dover is sponsoring the annual Shakespeare Beach survey and beach clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend. Organised by the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, the organisations will be jointly carrying out a marine litter survey and clean-up on Sunday 21st September.

Last year’s Shakespeare Beach clean was a resounding success with over 7,500 items of litter collected. This year, the organisers hope to welcome even more volunteers looking to play their part in keeping this local beach clean and safe.

Paul Sampson, Partnership Ranger, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership, said: “The beach clean and survey helps us and the MCS to find out what type of litter is making its way by sea to this part of East Kent as well as give the shingle beach a deep clean.”

Enthusiasm is all that is needed to help conserve the local marine environment as all of the necessary equipment is provided.

Vicki Jago, Environmental Manager, Port of Dover said; “The beach clean and survey is a fun event for all the family with prizes awarded at the end of the day, but it is mainly about us all showing our commitment to our community in keeping such valued community assets clean and safe for everyone, including the wildlife that calls Shakespeare Beach its home.”

This is the fifth year that the Port of Dover, along with the WCCP, will be joining hundreds of other Beachwatch events taking place throughout the country.


VOLUNTEERS : further to the above....

· Volunteers are asked to come down to Shakespeare Beach on Sunday 21st September and are asked to meet at the gate to the beach off Lord Warden Square where a health and safety talk will be given as well as advice on how to complete the survey forms. Volunteers are asked to come down at 10.00am and stay as long or as little as they can spare. The event will finish at 2.00pm

· Volunteers should wear suitable clothing and appropriate footwear to walk along the beach and bring something to eat and drink.

· Gloves, litter pickers and hi viz tabards will be available.

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Good luck to all with the Beach Clean. The picture above is from our archives and may have been taken by Paul Sampson himself. Sadly due a computer implosion in recent times many details were lost. If its yours Paul let me know. Its a nice picture of the anti-litter action on Shakespeare Beach.
Yes Vic the old lifeboat below from 1923 is a treasure for sure. Great to see it still about.
Yesterday we had a visit from the Empress, but the foggy murky weather spoiled it for us picturewise. Here is a gloomy pic however to add to the collection....

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 06:23
Post 1151
  vic matcham, dover
Great Photo of the old lifeboat and good to see she is still in use on the high seas.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 15:53
Post 1150
  PaulB, Dover
Was surprised to find this old Dover favourite basking in the sunshine in Ramsgate harbour on sunday afternoon. She looks in great condition. On several occasions we saw the guys restoring her to pristine condition right here in Dover in the inner harbour. The William and Kate Johnston was launched in 1923 and at the time she was the largest lifeboat in the world. A little more detailed info below....

The lifeboat historian Nicholas Leach has written:

"The 60ft Barnett class represent one of the best and most seaworthy designs ever built for the RNLI, as well as one of the most elegant .... With a displacement of forty tons and a draught of 4ft 6ins such a lifeboat had never before been built. Her size however meant that she was immediately limited to operating from stations where she could be kept permanently afloat ....

The class had flush decks, without sunken well or cockpits. Shelter for the crew, engine controls and engine room hatches were all mounted at deck level. For the first time two cabins were provided, one fore and one aft, which could hold between them about fifty people. As they were fitted with a stove and lavatory "for the first time it will be possible to give at once to the rescued shelter, warmth and warm food". This was quite a bonus and rather a novelty for the time .... The innovation of shelters, as they were then, was quite novel for the RNLI as crews were expected to be able to cope easily with anything the sea threw at them more or less unprotected. Barnett considered this shelter useful as it "also affords considerable protection to the coxswain and other members of the crew stationed aft."

The hull was contructed of teak, double skinned with eleven transverse and three longitudinal steel bulkheads which formed fifteen main water tight compartments. The idea of having two engines ... impressed the RNLI's technicians quite considerably, in fact so much so that only a jury rig was provided consisting of a small triangle fore lug and jib which could be set on a single mast ... Although not self righting the hull was considered unsinkable, a word which has been bandied about when talking about lifeboat designs from before 1800 right up to the present day. Suffice to say she was as near to unsinkable as the skills of her time permitted. No expense was spared."

And now another couple of shots from the very pleasant Ramsgate harbour.

I believe this building is called the Clock House. Looks like and old customs and excise building. Meant to check it over in closer detail while I was there but was unable to as time passed. Reminds me of some of those old buildings in Dublin, same sort of stone. Very evocative of times past.
This large piece of exotic equipment was moored almost next to the William and Kate Johnston. Looks a bit delightful for sure...hung around for a while hoping to get invited onboard for a champagne lunch but alas alas it didn't happen...Smiley Had to settle on the local pasta emporium !
She's called the Sea Breeze and hails from Basel in land-locked Switzerland.

Re the Truck fire, as previously mentioned in the post earlier below. This is a crop of the previous shot. See also post 1081.

Howard yes interesting about the 'Bosphorous' picture. It was taken on a very old Olympus camera. The only picture taken on that camera in the entire Sea News. Its a huge camera by todays standards and I only used it when I ran out of battery power on the normal ones. Also I didn't realise it was set to the RAW file format when I took the picture. Might be worth another go...

ADDED: the Empress is arriving in foggy conditions..08.05. Nice ship.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 06:34
Post 1149
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
Very atmospheric photo of the "Costa Rican Star" Paul, reminds me of those programmes on one of the BBC channels covering the Bosphorous in Asia Minor.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 19:37
Post 1148
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
There appeared to be a truck on fire in the Port a few minutes ago (10.35).... the vehicle was moving from right to left in the picture leaving a thick white trail...

All seemed to be okay within minutes as the smoke had vanished completely. Swift action I guess.
Note the two paused swimmers in the foreground...wondering where all the smoke is coming from.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 10:46
Post 1147
  PaulB, Dover
This picture shows the Costa Rican Star readying to depart Dover just a few minutes ago as I write ( about 08.30 )...waiting in the approaches out of shot is the Pacific Reefer. Conditions very misty this morning...mist swirling, coming and going. As soon as the Costa Rican departs the Pacific will be in.
The Costa Rican Star is heading off to Antwerp.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 08:31
Post 1146
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

HMC Valiant of the UK Border Agency is seen here powering out into the channel to do battle for yet another day, keeping our borders safe from the once again from a busy sunday morning...

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Paul Watkins and KCC not at one over truck park suggestion, but what to do with them all...


The Leader of Dover District Council has expressed concerns that the White Cliffs Business Park has been identified as one of three possible sites for a potential lorry park, in a recent report by Kent County Council.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “We have serious concerns that this proposal is not appropriate for this site. With growing investor interest in the business park, and with the nearby housing development, this use does not sit comfortably with the Council’s wider growth and regeneration agenda, and would not make best use of this land. It is also entirely inappropriate to consider a lorry park on the A2 route in advance of improvements to the route, which DDC has been lobbying for over many years.
“Although this proposal may not be seen as an immediate priority for Kent County Council, we are concerned that a lorry park of this nature could impact on investor confidence, and create uncertainty in the locality, whilst also prejudicing the nearby facilities operated by Priority Freight.”

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 06:42
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