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Post 6397
  Mike J., Dover

Excellent pix of the DE GALLANT as she passed Dover - elegant for sure !

A few days previously Dover had an interesting visiting yacht, altho’ nowhere nearly as old as the 1916-built DE GALLANT.

The steel ketch MOYA, with the lines of a Brixham sailing pilot boat, was built in Capetown in 1997 for a South African naval officer for local use.

She later crossed the Atlantic several times, initially to Brazil & then up the U.S & Canadian east coasts before spending time in the Caribbean before crossing to Liverpool & spending time in Europe.
Still registered in Liverpool she is manned by three friendly Swiss.

Cockpit with Philippe, Christophe & [sorry forgotten], note the tiller steering, a characteristic of this design.

MOYA spent a couple of nights in Dover before heading down to Falmouth en route the Mediterranean & spent a few days in the Scillies.
She has AIS & is on Saturday evening was sailing down the southern Portugese coast.

After a phonecall from them just before they sailed on June 25 & she was caught leaving in the last gasps of dusk sunlight, but she looks best when under sail & I’m sure that Christophe won’t mind me posting this excellent photo of the MOYA doing what she does best, oriiginally posted on Marine Traffic AIS.

The SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY continues her ‘BRITISH FIRST’ maiden voyage & on Saturday was anchored off Leith, the port for Edinburgh & presumably ‘tendering’ the passengers ashore.
Next port Kirkwall, in the Orkneys, on Sunday & SOD is due back in Dover on the 23rd.

Sunday, 14 July 2019 - 03:23
Post 6396
  Sea News, Dover
Tall sailing ship De Gallant elegantly passing by Dover on Wednesday...

She was coming from Newhaven we understand ... and heading on to the Dutch port of Scheviningen. As always with sailing vessels...they make such an attractive sight indeed...easy on the camera's eye so it was great to spot this one.

Border Force Seeker

Yes that's Border Force Seeker entering the Port 2 days ago. The Border Force are having a busy time of it for sure with more migrant incursions in the past few days. The good and calm weather makes it a viable proposition for those desperate enough.

The second picture is a close up crop of the shows the guys in earnest discussion...
who knows, they could be chatting about the following cheeky arrival...

from The Telegraph

Two migrant stowaways were discovered in a British Grand Prix paddock after clambering on board a truck belonging to a Ferrari F1 team supplier during its journey across the English Channel.

The pair were discovered as the truck was unloaded at Silverstone yesterday and later handed over to police.

They were believed to have boarded near the French port of Calais, according to a team spokeswoman. Humanitarian organisations estimate that several hundreds of migrants are still living in the Calais area, all hoping to find a way to get to Britain. More than 20 suspected illegal immigrants were detained by the Border Force, which intercepted a small boat crossing the Channel on Saturday.


Ferrari Fast Tracked:
That's a cheeky one. Not only did they get into the UK but they probably got to see the team racing/practising as well... Smiley


Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 07:20
Post 6395
  Sea News, Dover


Dover’s largest employer, P&O Ferries carried out a presentation to students at St Richard’s Catholic Primary School in Dover last week, to highlight the benefits of career planning and long term skills development in advance of joining secondary school.

Addressing a class of 30 students in Year Six, Jacqueline Burns, Business Transformation & Communications Officer at P&O Ferries, led an hour and a half session with the class to inspire them to start planning for the future. Careers in the maritime industry, as well as a variety of other pathways were showcased.

The session involved a presentation, a Q&A and the chance to try on various ferry related props including life jackets, hi-vis jackets, hi-vis vests, chef hats, Chief Engineer hats and helmets with ear defenders.

The students were encouraged to think differently by considering the difference between a job and career, with visual aids explaining the concept of ‘climbing a career ladder’. Dover’s close proximity to the continent was also used to highlight the value of learning a second language, with many of the children expressing surprise at the number of well-known figures who are bilingual.

Eager to learn more about P&O Ferries’ background, questions from the students included ‘How long does it take to build a ship?’ and ‘How do you become a Captain?’

Ms Emily Drage, teacher at St Richard’s stated, “I think the class got a lot out of it and it certainly made me look at things differently. At such a crucial time for the children’s development it was really interesting to get them thinking about where they’d like to be in future and even I learned things I did not know.”

Headquartered just a few miles from the school, at Dover House, and with over 4,000 employees spanning a diverse range of sectors, P&O Ferries is well placed to offer careers advice. The company has an ongoing programme involving partnerships with local organisations and its people to support the ongoing interests of the community.

Spirit of Britain

for more information on P&O visit

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Some pictures now of the big Firework display on Wednesday night just prior to the Spirit of Discovery departing on its magical maiden voyage around Britain. You can see the ship all aglow in the second picture down. Here we go...explosive colour...

Fireworks for the Spirit of Discovery on July 10th.

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Great stuff below Mike. Cracking pictures all round there from our 'inshore correspondent'...Smiley

And excellent enjoyable pictures too further below from Ted...Great stuff Ted, always good to see your 'famous five' Smiley

Don't miss those posts below... lots of info too.



Friday, 12 July 2019 - 07:47
Post 6394
  Mike J., Dover
An interesting selection from Ted with some dramatic photos on the Ramsgate lifeboat page.
Good work by the ESTUARY ELAN & the windcat as well as by the lifeboat.

9th.July arrivals -

The EUROPA enters ahead of the SOD & crosses the bay to berth on WD4

I'd just driven down overnight from the Midlands & by sheer chance came down Jubilee Way just as EUROPA entered - sometimes you get lucky.

Later in the day the SOD & SEA PRINCESS from Citadel Road on the Western Heights & & at ground level from the old Jetfoil Terminal which is expected to survive the future infilling of the Wick & Granville Dock & the Tidal Basin, surviving to serve the new boatyard.

& still the ferries keep coming . . . . . .

Friday, 12 July 2019 - 00:34
Post 6393
  Ted, Canterbury
"Five from Ramsgate"
The Pilot Cutter "Estuary Esprit"being lowered back into the water after an inspection of her propeller and stern gear.The Cutter normally works from Sheerness.

After sea trials the Estuary Esprit returns to her pontoon.

Low tide at Ramsgate.

Low tide looking towards the slipway.

Ramsgate Lifeboat returning from a shout.
Details taken from the RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Facebook site where photographs of the casualty can be found.

10th July @ 12:04 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht on fire with a view to towing it back to Ramsgate. Whilst the AWB made its way to the casualty a pilot boat passing by saw the vessel alight and headed in its direction. The pilot boat then retrieved the four persons from their liferaft, took them aboard, along with their liferaft, and brought them back to Ramsgate. Also during this time a wind farm vessel had arrived on scene and using their fire hose, attempted to put the fire out. Once the AWB arrived on scene they set up two further fire hoses and assisted in trying to put the fire out. After 3/4 hour of hosing the vessel down which was still burning in some areas, it took on sea water, as the level of the hull had burnt to the sea level and unfortunately sank.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 12:55
Post 6392
  Sea News, Dover
The Sea Princess arriving at Dover...

Sea Princess above there arriving with us here at the Port of Dover early on Tuesday morning...not toooo early though, first picture was taken around 08.20. Conditions were calm but very grey. I think I mentioned previously that it may have been a first visit but no.. she has been here before..found previous pictures in the archive. So many ships...Smiley

In the shot immediately above you can see Europa already in berth 4, the new berth ( WD4), as Sea Princess arrives..heading for CT2. We will have pictures of Europa soon...a-comin' and a-goin' ..

A late nightime departure below...time of picture 21.14
and away she goes... on a world cruise to Australia we understand, hopefully that info is correct.

Sea Princess

EXTRA: the Spirit of Discovery had a firework send-off last night on her maiden voyage. She was off on a round Britain trip with some Irish calls also. Should be quite spectacular. A 13 night trip and then back to Dover. The seafront was quite packed for the grand occasion. We may have some Firework pictures once examined...obviously it was very dark etc.etc.

Hugely enjoyable Lifeboat collection below from Mike - DONT MISS THOSE Smiley


Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 06:39
Post 6391
  Mike J., Dover
Close encounters of the RNLI kind - meeting the SPiRIT OF DISCOVERY on 28/6.

Perhaps the lifeboat stayed in the bay as publicity photos were being taken outside & maybe Saga’s PR Dept didn’t want photos of their new ship with a lifeboat in attendance - might give the wrong impression !

Whilst waiting for the entry CITY OF LONDON 2 came close up close for a chat.
There were family of the lifeboat crew aboard WETWHEELS SOUTHEAST.

Heading off in pursuit of SOD.

After heading the little flotilla of small craft following the SOD across the bay 17-09 was seen socialising with sightseers on the end of the new Marina pier as SOD berths on new berth WD4, the first cruise ship to call there.

Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 01:48
Post 6390
  Sea News, Dover

DFDS offers 15% off sailings from Dover to France, plus 6 free bottles of wine

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS are offering customers a saving of 15% off sailings from Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk routes with 6 free bottles of wine, worth £24.

From dining aboard Princess Elizabeth, a boat that formed part of the Dunkirk evacuations, to walking to the top of the magnificent Belfry in Calais town centre to take in the views of the channel, there are a multitude of exciting things to do in the port towns of Dunkirk and Calais.

Take your car onboard and choose from a selection of Chilean Gran Tierra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc and Gran Tierra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon when you book a crossing from only £39* each way.



*Book by 15 July. Selected departures until 18 December 2019.
T&Cs: To redeem your 6 free bottles of wine, please present your booking confirmation with your lane hanger in the onboard shop. The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash and no change will be given. If specific wine is not available, then you will receive an alternative. The voucher cannot be redeemed if lost or stolen. The 6 free bottles of wine can only be redeemed on outbound sailings until the 31st of August 2019 from Dover on both Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes.

Picture by George Holland ...Top shot from DFDS.
Both pictures feature the DFDS Dover Seaways ferry.

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Many thanks once again to the team at DFDS for the info above...quite an all round bargain above there. Excellent Smiley

Catching up on one of our very latest Reefer visits.
Pictures here of Atlantic Acanthus just a couple of days ago. Although she has been here before, the Acanthus visits are fairly we were glad to get some decent shots of her here...catching her arrival in Port.

Atlantic Acanthus

An extra picture below of the departing Viking can see her here in the distance as she heads off round Britain and on to Bergen, while in the foreground swimming support launch Suva drifts into shot. Formerly a navy colour...Suva now painted pink for fund raising charitable purposes we understand.

Viking Sun and Suva.

Well done Vic all round - that's great fund-raising there for Parkinson's. Excellent stuff! Smiley
Hope all going as well as possible. Glad you are enjoying all the ships...

Yes Jan its great fun in Sandwich...a nice festival for sure with lots going on. Smiley



Wednesday, 10 July 2019 - 07:06
Post 6389
  matcham, Dover
I do like looking in on this page and the photos are great.I would just like to add my wife who has Parkinson's, held a tea cake party for the Dover group and raise £81 which in two hours was very good. But back to the port the D.H.B. are doing a great job at the Western part of the port and all looking very good for the Vistors that come to Dover from round the world.Smiley

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 19:27
Post 6388
  JanT , Dover
Was nice to see people enjoying the ALE and FOLK FESTIVAL in Sandwich on Sunday,the chaps giving their hearty renditions of sea shanties which got all singing along,and the ladies in the picture below enjoying a break from their dancing.
Some even having lunch on their yacht enjoying the sunshine very nice.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 17:43
Post 6387
  Sea News, Dover

THE SANDWICH ALE AND FOLK FESTIVAL: Who could resist this delightful group of ladies at the Sandwich Ale and Folk you can see all beautifully attired for the occasion in fine finery, and a delightful breath of fresh air they are too. One came across this Festival on Sunday by accident...and totally enjoyable it particular had a great time listening to a group of 20 or so sturdy men belting out hearty sea shanty's in blistering style. Fab! Thanks hugely to the girls above for posing so elegantly.

Some general shots below at the waters edge. We didn't cover the event fully as didn't know it was on...but took just a few snaps to hopefully capture the jolly festive mood, and there we are..

The American P22 Rhine Patrol Boat... used by the Americans on the Rhine in the 1950's Cold War era.
A regular in Sandwich but if I remember correctly had moved to Ramsgate in recent back in Sandwich for the festivities as you can see. The second pic is from a former time and gives probably a better angle...

The Viking Sun arriving in Dover on Monday morning.
The VIking Sun....on a 14 day trip from Tilbury to Bergen but going round the British isles with Irish/Scottish ports featuring large...
will hopefully be able to squeeze more pix of the Viking Sun in, bit inundated behind the scenes.
Today so far we have excitingly at WD4 (the new berth Western Dock 4) the Spirit of Discovery returns from another channel jaunt, she went to Guernsey this time we understand. As you can imagine by now we have any amount of pictures of the Spirit of Discovery.
UPDATE: Also just arrived 08:50 we have the fabulous and large Sea Princess, off the top of yours truly's head...this is a new one for us here at Dover.
Three cruise ships today all looking good.


Tuesday, 9 July 2019 - 07:06
Post 6386
  Sea News, Dover
Border Force Searcher

With all the ballyhoo and razzmatazz surrounding the cruise liners recently, one almost forgets about the everyday..the daily grind...but in the midst of all the excitement the Border Force kept right on going (of course!) As you may have seen on the news there were more migrant boats 'visiting' Kent over the weekend, so once again the Border Force was right on the spot. The pic above was taken a couple of days ago...showing Searcher just off the Port of Dover.

The Two Saga ships very early morning...who sleeps around here...the picture was taken on the 4th at that's bleary eyed early for sure. On the left Saga Sapphire...on the right the all-new Saga ship Spirit of Discovery.

Below we see Saga Sapphire departing the same day ….
moving astern through the western exit in the first shot and in the second shot moving off westerly on the softest of soft evenings... she was away on a 14 day Highland cruise...going right around the entire UK in fact....the full circle.

Saga Sapphire

Viking Sun in Port today.

Monday, 8 July 2019 - 07:31
Post 6385
  Sea News, Dover
Just catching up now with some further pictures of the new SAGA ship...the Spirit of Discovery .. as she goes out on her second channel jaunt..

The Spirit of Discovery
Having left the Port of Dover the pilot boat waits alongside ..

The three shots above show the pilot departing and beginning his return to the Port...

While below we see the ship moving away south in elegant style in the blazing sunshine...ermmm No that's not a shark fin in the foreground of pic below...although...Smiley

Just kidding re the shark of course....its one of the markers for the new marina. Smiley

Thanks for the info below there Mike. Great stuff! Smiley

Thanks Del yes its always good to see Boulogne shimmering away over there.Smiley


Saturday, 6 July 2019 - 06:37
Post 6384
  Del Styan, Norwich
Boulogne in the distance - Wow!

Friday, 5 July 2019 - 23:05
Post 6383
  Mike J., Dover

I heard that the NOORDHOEK PATHFINDER was checking out the cross-channel power cables from Folkestone, several of which were damaged during the SAGA SKY incident in 2017.
See post 3761.

Friday, 5 July 2019 - 15:40
Post 6382
  Sea News, Dover

On the busiest of busy days...Monday...Boudicca sets out for her latest cruise above there, a 14 nighter to the glorious Baltic calling at such delightful places as St Petersburg in Russia and Copenhagen in Denmark and with many other stops too. Very exciting for sure. We also had a previous picture of her departing the same evening with the Spirit of Discovery in the a post below 6377.

Mike gave yours truly a tip to watch out for an interesting vessel called Noordhoek Pathfinder...and here she is below. She is an offshore support/survey vessel and very interesting it was to catch a glimpse. The first two pix (obviously long range) were taken late on Tuesday evening July 2...and they also show the Varne Lightship and delightfully show Boulogne too in the distance...

Then two more from the following day, which..ermm let me see..would be Wednesday. These are morning pictures.

Interesting post below from Mike our 'inshore correspondent' fascinating info there..didn't know that! Smiley


Friday, 5 July 2019 - 07:16
Post 6381
  Mike J., Dover

28/6 & GEORGE HAMMOND 4 about to enter the Wick to return to her berth near the fuel pontoon in the Tidal Basin after welcoming the SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY.

Owned by the long-established local firm George Hammonds who have had very close connections with the port since the 1760s & who until recently did all the stevedoring she usually takes stores out to passing shipping & does crew changes off the port & often lands over-carried pilots from the Scheldt.

When I was on the ferries & there were ferry services to Ostend, occasaionally the ’Ostender’ would delay her sailing for a few minutes if a Belgian pilot was being landed from a passing ship, to save him having to stay in Dover for four or five hours waiting for the next Ostend service.

If you can remember as far back as the 70s you might remember a long-forgotten BBC ‘soap’ about the love life & high jinks & plunging necklines amongst the family that owned a lorry haulage firm called ‘Hammonds’
The Dover Hammonds buildings & vehicles were used whenever ‘outside’ scenes needed the Hammonds name showing.
Not many people know that . . . . . . . .

25/6 & a small Border Agency RIB in the Tidal Basin.

At dusk on 22/6 the local angling boat JEAN LOUISE was being helped down the Wick by the HPL DOVORIAN after fouling her propeller with a chunk of drifting netting out in the Northeast Lane.

Friday, 5 July 2019 - 00:46
Post 6380
  Sea News, Dover

DFDS launches ‘Field to Ferry’ campaign

• A focus on the story of food produce suppliers from the field, to their ferries

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS today announces the launch of its ‘Field to Ferry’ campaign following an internal review of its food produce suppliers on its Eastern channel ships from Dover to Calais and Dover to Dunkirk.

The campaign showcases a handful of their UK suppliers to engage and inform passengers where the food served on-board has come from, with a strong focus on provenance, traceability and sustainability. All factors that are given key consideration in DFDS’ uncompromising search for quality.

With the explosion of the UK casual dining scene over recent years and consumers with a keenness to understand as much as possible about where their food comes from, DFDS have worked hard to create an on-board ferry dining experience that shatters any preconceptions of ferry food from bygone years.

Dave Lewis, Category Manager Food & Beverage at DFDS says: ‘’I am incredibly passionate about food and from early in my career as a chef, I understood the importance of good quality ingredients in helping to create the best quality dishes. My job now at DFDS is to source great ingredients to provide our passengers with the best dishes on-board our ships, from the Field to the Ferry.

We have a clear focus on our customers at DFDS and we take great pride in continually seeking improvements to ensure those special memorable experiences of travelling with us. If it’s a light bite, healthy salad or one of our delicious freshly made meals there is something on-board for everyone.

I hope that passengers enjoy eating them, as much as I enjoyed finding such great produce and ingredients.’’

The ‘Field to Ferry’ campaign launches today focusing initially on five of their UK producers and suppliers. They all have a passion and commitment to producing high quality food to the foodservice industry and with multiple awards between them, they’re all leaders in their industries.

The suppliers included are:

Stokes Sauces

These sauces are packed with more flavour than their nearest rival. Enjoy all the condiments you need to make your food sing.

Speciality Breads

Truly artisan breads and rolls, made by bakers not machines.

McCain/ A L Lee Farming

One of 250 potato growers in the UK, supplying British Maris Pipers to McCain - simply the best potato for the best chips.

Marshfield Farm Ice Cream

Award-winning ice cream from a small family farm, with over 30 flavours to choose from.


Supplying quality fruit, salad and vegetables all year round.

More information at:


Many thanks once again to the team at DFDS for all the latest information above. Smiley

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Now as promised here we are with some shots of bunker ship Andros departing a few evenings ago (Monday) for Southampton in the choppy conditions. She had just been servicing the Seabourn Quest on a 3-cruise liner day...the pilot boat is in attendance below as you can see. Here we go...

EXTRA: two yellow-funnelled SAGAS looking impressive today..Saga Sapphire and Saga Spirit of Discovery.


Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 06:15
Post 6379
  Sea News, Dover
Capturing the Spirit of Discovery as she sets out on her evening/nightime cruise in the Channel on Monday...time of first picture... 8.05 PM (or 20:05) on a very tranquil flat greyish evening as you can see....
The Spirit of Discovery moves off...

And then the sun burst through in a late evening flourish, throwing yours trulys camera into significant meltdown. The next two pictures, with the sun having burst onto the scene...were overexposed by a long margin but have tried to recover them via computer ... hopefully they will show okay...

Still on the same evening but earlier.. and you will have seen Mike's pictures of Seabourn Quest leaving through the western exit in 6376...well here are a couple more to back up Mike's post. Got these ready as still not sure if the sun-hit Spirit ones will work well.
Here we go... Seabourn Quest and another 'Spirit'..the Spirit of Britain... Seabourn Quest off on an Irish/Hebridean journey..

Many thanks Dave, good to hear from you..thanks for that info..Smiley


Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - 06:42
Post 6378
  Dave, Sandwich
It seems Viking Cruises is not having much luck with their new ships. The Viking Jupiter (2019) broke down at approximately 0545 this morning in the Princes Channel - Thames Estuary. She is now making her way slowly back to Tilbury Cruise Terminal with tug assistance.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - 12:00
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