Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Phoenix Angling Club raise Fab Sum for LIFEBOAT...see below.
A Fishy Sunday Lunch 1106
Dover Harbour Board chairman reappointed...see post 1097 below.
LATEST - FREE WINE with P&O - see post 1092 below.
Beachwatch Big Weekend..see below 1085.
Port of Dover Exercise....see below 1069.
Merchant Navy Memorial Service on seafront see 1052.
A Great Summer Season for the Port of Dover, see 1049.
The Ryndam - leaving Dover for the last time..see 1041. Also 1064 for latest.
MY FERRY LINK - two years old, see Post 1031.
Sea News - one year old 1023.
Breaking New Ground with the Port of Dover see 1016.

DOVER LIFEBOAT..tragic start to the August Bank Holiday Weekend see 1012.
THE SEA DREAM I FIRST VISIT in posts 987, 989. ALSO See latest picture of the inaugural presentation 1020.
The Lifeboat in the thick of the action again. See 976.
Summer at the Port of Dover, see 944.
The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918 and 929..also 920 for THE BLADES.

Charlie Elphicke MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818. Further thoughts 955....see LATEST BELOW at 1061.
MyFerryLink..New Appeal in Post 906
The Publicans Walk for Charity see 924.
The Esmeralda Drugs Bust 934.
UK Border Agency in close operation..see 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
THE TOUR de FRANCE passing through see posts 870, 877, 882.
Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.

Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.
Eastern Dock Developments..latest pictures see 835..
Aerial Map of berths 815.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799

Scroll down and over for much much more.....

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Post 1117
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.
Lifeboat Volunteers Say Thank You Smiley

The volunteer crew of Dover’s RNLI lifeboat said a huge thank you to members of the Phoenix Angling Club when a cheque for the grand sum of £1177 was presented on-board the station’s Severn Class lifeboat City Of London II on Sunday morning.

They raised the money through a number of events including an auction, a live music event and a collection outside the local branch of Morrisons. Over the years the club has now donated over ten thousand pounds to their local lifeboat and its volunteer crew.

The cheque was accepted by Dover’s Second Coxswain James Clapham and members of the lifeboat crew.

Dover’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Roy Couzens said that without donations such as these from organisations and members of the local community the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would cease to exist, so on behalf of the crew and the Dover branch I would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the Phoenix Angling Club for their continued support.

Pinned Smiley

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Well done the Phoenix Angling Club. Brilliant fund raising above.
It was quite special in the harbour last night with the two great cruise liners, Aida Mar and Albatross, looking fabulous as it got dark in a diamond dazzling lighting display. A thousand, nay, a million lights shone from the two vessels in fine was enough to gladden the landlubbers corpuscles so it was.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 07:09
Post 1116
  PaulB, Dover
Early morning appearance for the AIDAMar, seen here reversing all 71,000 tons into position on CT2 around 07.15. Very colourful as ever...
The Albatross also in harbour arrived too early for a decent picture from my aspect. Maybe later.
Smiley lol! well done Brian.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 15:48
Post 1115
  brian, dover
all sorted paulb,had a blonde moment.Smiley

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 08:35
Post 1114
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

In light of what happened yesterday re the P&O fire ( see further down the page ), this release was held back..
.........but events show clearly that these safety drills are extremely important for us all...

MyFerryLink participates in major safety drill

Dover to Calais cross Channel ferry operator, MyFerryLink, is participating in a major simulated safety drill in assistance to the French government and Maritime Authorities on Monday 29 September 2014.

MyFerryLink will be providing its vessel Rodin to participate and it is likely the drill will simulate a major at sea disaster. The exercise is designed to give relevant authorities, MyFerryLink staff and crew practice in emergency procedures.

Raphaël Doutrebente, CEO MyFerryLink, says,
‘MyFerryLink is delighted to be part of this safety drill. Safety is our absolute priority and, whilst major emergencies are incredibly rare, it is imperative that our staff are as well prepared as they possibly can be.’

The Rodin


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And now just to catch up with the Swedish Reefer as previously mentioned. The cargo terminal continues to be very busy with lots of new vessels coming. While this one, the Swedish Reefer, was unloading during the day.. the Columbian Star was waiting offshore...
While the Swedish Reefer was waiting to berth on Sunday the Spirit of Britain rounded her to make its way out of the western exit. Quite unusual to see.. although happily much more use is being made these days of the western exit.
Another one of the Swedish Reefer.

Interesting collection of pictures below Ed. Those harbour patrol guys keep very busy. I also wonder if there may have been a suspicion of illegal immigration there too...everything and anything that floats of a small and perhaps delicate nature is being looked at now, or so it appears...and of course we also have the hi-profile presence of vessels like Vigilant from the UK Border Agency patrolling up and down the channel everyday.

Yes Colette the Sea News guys are busy these days with lots of variations with both the pictures and the information which is ace indeed.Smiley

ADDED: AIDAMar and Albatross now in at 07.20. A late season flurry of cruise liners.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 06:51
Post 1113
  Ed Connell, Dover
Whilst we were down on Shakespeare Beach on Sunday, the harbour launch came powering round from the docks and headed over to a small dinghy which two chaps were paddling round from the direction of Samphire Hoe. On closer examination through the zooms lens, it could be seen that their outboard motor was raised up and obviously not working. The DHB stalwart had a word with them and, clearly satisfied that they were not in need of help, the harbour launch returned whence they had come.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 04:36
Post 1112
  ColetteB, Dover
You turn your back for a minute & it's all happening on Sea News!!!

You guys have been busy. Great photos of DFDS Calais Seaways out in the channel in such rough conditions & the final departure this year of Saga Pearl II complete with fly past. Also love 'The Ladies' steam tugs too, very interesting. Terrific stuff all round SmileySmileySmiley

And that seal is just adorable with his mackerel lunch at the ready Smiley

Keep up the good work guys Smiley

Good to hear that no one was hurt on the Pride of Canterbury, we were on it ourselves just recently, hopefully she will be back with us very soon.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 20:11
Post 1111
  PaulB, Dover

This is a picture of the tough old warhorse the Pride of Canterbury in rough sea action recently. The fire this morning has taken the ship out of service but we imagine only temporarily. The fire happened as it arrived in Calais and all passengers and crew, under 500, were evacuated safely.

P&O said: "The Pride of Canterbury had a fire in the engine room at around 8am as it arrived into Calais. It was extinguished by the ship's own fire protection system ... the sprinklers. Nobody has been injured and the ship disembarked all the passengers safely."

The good news here of course is that nobody was injured.

Thanks once again to Jacqui for the initial info.
Brian you say the Pride of Calais in your post on the main forum. You need to change that to the Pride of Canterbury.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 15:34
Post 1110
  brian, dover
I have put the link on the main forum about the ferry fire,Smiley

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 12:47
Post 1109
  PaulB, Dover
Jacqui thanks for that info.
Its possible to put up a link if you leave out the http bit...just trying this now anyway

Yes there we are...
Just copy and paste the link and you're there.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:25
Post 1108
  Jacqui, Dover

Just seen this on Kent online but can't cut and paste the url.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:18
Post 1107
  Jacqui, Dover
Just been told that the PO Canterbury suffered a fire on her approach to Calais at around 8am this morning. Everyone got off ok and berth 5 was sealed off for investigation. No-one was hurt as far as I know.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:11
Post 1106
  PaulB, Dover
I was poised ready to photograph the Swedish Reefer when this guy popped up right in front of just don't know what's down there !! Smiley

Clearly he enjoyed a nice sunday lunch even before I had mine...some cheek..showing off with his mackerel too! Smiley
This is the last picture below of the Saga Pearl for this year, Mike has some great shots below of the final departure for this year... this one shows her arriving early morning saturday.

Cracking pictures below there Mike. You played a blinder with number 3 for sure. Yes there is a fascinating mini air shows every time a Saga ship departs lately which is something of a great and novel idea. As you say must be great if you are onboard to be buzzed by these fab planes ...ones cocktail would be both shaken and stirred ! ooh I say !

Did eventually get a picture or two of the Swedish Reefer which I will sort out afore too long.
Also just to mention...the overhyped Port Blockade on saturday was a monumental damp squib. A mere handful of NF protesters showed up and there was no Port blockade. Pictures on the main forum.. including a couple from yours truly.

Monday, 29 September 2014 - 07:18
Post 1105
  Mike J., Dover
Recent SAGA departures seem to be accompanied by Spitfire displays.

When the SAGA PEARL 2 sailed for Gibraltar on Friday afternoon two Spitfires [perhaps a Spitfire & a Hurricane ?] gave a display.

A bit far away for pix from the clifftops but they must have been an impressive sight from onboard.

I struck lucky with one photo - a sheer fluke !

Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 12:38
Post 1104
  PaulB, Dover
It was one of those days when you wonder if you did the right thing getting out of bed at all...never mind making that early journey to France. The wind was blustering and swirling, the sea was choppy, the ship was rolling, and the sky looked menacing and didn't promise too much for the day ahead. Looking back on it from rose coloured hindsight it all remembers better than it was....but all day I kept the camera clicking away and the pictures worked out okay, a little threatening maybe but okay. And.. it was one of those days you remember..

The ship featured is the DFDS Calais Seaways, shown here and also on show currently at the top of the page as she leaves Calais Harbour a few days ago. This ferry in former recent times sailed between Dover and Calais in the colourful livery of LD Lines. It was called the Norman Spirit then. A hard working ship of long standing. She started life in Belgium in 1991/92 as the Prins Filip.

ADDED at 07.20: The Saga Pearl II has just arrived for the final time this year.
Also note that the Port Blockade is planned for today from 1pm. Traffic chaos will almost certainly ensue. Avoiding action needed.

Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 06:05
Post 1103
  PaulB, Dover
Don't worry at all John. Nice post that.
Earlier Mike's post was pinned for the morning so that Ged could see it easily re tug Diligent. The numbers and posts revert to normal once the pinning is over...if that's clear. Hope so.

Thanks to Mike for the info ..great stuff.
And to Colette for the latest cruise liner visits - only a few now.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:30
Post 1102
  John Mavin, Dover
(It seems my post 1099 below is out of sequence - it should follow Mike's. Perhaps it filled the slot of a deleted post .... oh well , ne'mind eh?)

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 12:16
Post 1101
  John Mavin, Dover
My own particular interest is "The Ladies" - the steam tugs that operated in the harbour from the beginning of the 20th C. until the last one retired in, I think, 1958. These were the Lady Duncannon, Lady Crundall, Lady Brassey, Lady Vita and Lady Curzon.

There is a model of the Lady Curzon in the departure lounge at Cruise Terminal 2. She had a relatively short career at Dover which ended in 1912 and she was last heard of in Iraq in 1953.

Another one was the tender/tug Delphinus. I thought I had a picture of this one but I can't seem to find it. Delphinus was mainly responsible for transporting passengers to and from liners as they laid off the port. Having two decks she tended to roll like a pig and was not regarded as particularly successful. She operated in Dover from 1957 - 1967 before finally ending up in Cyprus.

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:56
Post 1100
  ColetteB, Dover

Just to remind everyone that tomorrow Saturday 27th September the Saga Pearl II will cruise into CT1, TR. for the last time this year.

Nothing then until Tuesday 30th September when two cruise ships arrive for their last PoC's this year, the Albatros at CT1 & the AIDAMar at CT2. They were both seen here back in May.

Only two cruises left this year, Monday October 20th the AIDACara is back for a PoC at CT1. She was last here in August.

We end the year on Monday December 8th with another PoC from the AIDASol at CT2, she was also our last cruise in December last year.

That's it for this year folks Smiley Smiley

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 11:20
Post 1099
  Mike J., Dover

The DILIGENT left Dover in 1984 & went to Poole.
In 1989 she was sold to Canadian owners & renamed OMNI ST.LAURENT & was reported still to be in service in 2002.

This information is from the excellent 'Dover Ferry Photos' website which is packed with information about Dover marine operations.

We can't post 'live links' here but Googling 'doverferryphotosforums' should bring up the website.

Just in case you'd not noticed, all DHB service craft's names always begin with 'D'
Apologies if you know this already !

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 08:04
Post 1098
  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
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