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Independent shipping news, photography and more from in and around the port of Dover.
Independent shipping news, photography and more from in and around the port of Dover.

Back in time. A selection of vintage images of the port from our archives.

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Mike Jackson sent me a great view of Dover Eastern Docks during the 1920s with shipbreaking in full swing
The Eastern Docks early 80s. The crane barge is Land & Marine's LM Balder with her attendant tug ITM Seafarer. The Townsend Thoresen roro ferry in the foreground is the European Trader.
The Admiralty Pier long before the Cruise Terminal! A class 33 diesel waits to depart.
Dover Industries, Eastern Docks (Chris Mulligan).

The approach to the train ferry dock in the Western Docks mid 1970s. This area is currently an aggregate berth, dredgers arrive on a regular basis, the sand and gravel is used in the concrete plant also situated on the site.

1979 and Sealink's Anderida is in the Train Ferry Dock prior to leaving for Dunkerque. Not a particularly successful vessel, she was laid up in the Wellington Dock for a period and eventually sold to Covenant Shipping, Monrovia, Liberia on 30th October 1981 and renamed Truck Trader. Her career continued when in 1984 she was resold to South Pacific Navigation of New Zealand and renamed Mirela. In 1986 she changed hands again, this time to Canadian owners who renamed her CTMA Voyageur, as far as I can ascertain she is still in service, used mainly during the winter. A well travelled ship!

Dover Eastern Docks circa 1960 (Chris Mulligan)
A fascinating view of the western and inner docks, probably early fifties. Four cross channel ferries can be seen on the Admiralty Pier, with two more in the Granville dock and another alongside the Ordnance Quay, Wellington Dock.

A view of the Eastern Docks entrance plaza from 1968. This was taken in September by Locations photography and shot on Kodachrome using a Kodak 126 Instamatic.

The image appears here courtesy of Paul Isles.

A Seaspeed hovercraft can be seen on the hoverpad from which these impressive machines first operated before moving to new facilities in the Western Docks. The car ferry Lord Warden can also be seen in number two berth in the background.

Submarines in the Western Docks (Chris Mulligan).
The Dover Harbour Board tug Lady Brassey and floating crane during the construction of the first RoRo ferry berths, Eastern Docks.

I love this view! The Eastern Docks with a fine selection of ferries!

From the top: Free Enterprise (IV?), an interloper from either Southampton or Felixstowe in the shape of a Viking Valiant class vessel, Sealink's Vortigern, SNCF's diminutive Chantilly and probably Townsend Thoresen's European Trader/ Clearway/ Enterprise. Early 1980s i would suggest, Great days!

Below: The Camber area of Dover Eastern Docks. This area was occupied by shipbreakers Stanlee and subsequently Dover Industries. The company broke up numerous warships, particularly between 1918 and 1926. This photograph shows the two battle cruisers Indomitable and Inflexible so dates it as circa the summer of 1922. The upturned wreck of HMS Glatton can be seen in the outer harbour which exploded during the early evening of September 16th 1918. Fifty-eight of her crew perished. The Glatton finally sank after four torpedoes were fired from the destroyers Myngs and Cossack. The vessel was salvaged during 1925-6 and towed to the breakers yard in Dover and scrapped.

Today it is possible to stand on this exact spot on National Trust land at Langdon Cliffs, the view before you makes a fascinating comparison.

Photo: Chris Mulligan, from Imperial War Museum collection.

The same area from a similar vantage point in 2013.

A liitle different to how it looks today.....
Looking the other way from the photograph above, a fine view of the Granville, Wellington and Tidal Basin areas circa 1953
The Western Docks and the aftermath of the "hurricane" 1987
Chris Mulligan sent this fascinating photograph of submarines in Dover.
Dover Eastern Docks and the "Submarine Pens" are demolished during the late eighties as more land is reclaimed for further ferry terminal and freight parking development (Alain Hobbs).

The Wellington Dock. Nearest the camera is the train ferry Twickenham Ferry, in the middle is the Normannia and finally possibly the Dover.

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