Sunday, 29 March 2020
Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
... with some further coverage of the surrounding ports.
Sea News Dover
Use our SEARCH ENGINE below to find all sorts on the SEA NEWS pages....type in the topic and away you go,
or if you have the post number, just type it in the Search Box, more than - 6750 -
nautical posts now.
Posts are welcome. just click 'Add Your Comment' below.
Upload a Max of 5 pictures....Many Thanks.
Sea News Editor Paul Boland - send info or pix to firstname.lastname@example.org. Always welcome.
P&O Ferries secure vital flow of goods, medicines...see below, post 6901.
DFDS coronavirus announcements below see post 6880 and 6885.
P&O Ferries present record breaking cheque to Dover Lifeboat...post 6874 below.
P&O Ferries - European Expansion 6867
Hurtigruten and the Port of Dover see 6857...see also pictures in 6856 and 6859.
See SCARLET LADY pix.. FIREWORKS too..type Scarlet Lady in our SEARCH box below..
Port of Dover, DFDS, P&O say...Travel with Confidence from Dover.. see 6786 below.
DFDS Refit Investment...luxury lounges 6821.
P&O FERRIES - POST BREXIT travel info below 6780.
P&O NEW FERRIES Images below 6775...
P&O Ferries - new Catering Apprentices see 6790...
Visit us here in White Cliffs Country see 6772
Natalie Elphicke MP - thoughts post Brexit 6784
Just type the post number in the Search Box below.
Port of Dover Cruise Calls:
To show your pictures at their best..it could be worthwhile resizing before posting to 860
pixels wide. Our new standard size.
All pictures on these pages are the copyright of the owners and must not be reproduced without permission.
Your Comments (Newest First):
John Mavin, Dover
That Reachstacker ....... a few years ago I watched one being delivered to DHB (it could have been this one). It arrived as deck cargo on a small freighter which initially laid up on the Eastern Arm. The plan was to drive it off the ship on a perfectly horizontal line onto the Cargo Terminal (where the banana boats berth) - a tricky operation which could have been disastrous had it gone wrong.
Firstly, the conditions had to be just right, i.e. slack water at high tide and, secondly, there had to be no swell - this meant that all shipping movement in the port had to be suspended while offloading took place. A third consideration was that once the front wheels were on the quay the ship had to be trimmed to compensate for the weight loss.
As I recall the first planned attempt was abandoned because of the wind, but on the following day the conditions were perfect and the whole operation was carried out excellently.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 10:15
Thanks for that info John, great stuff. Looks like its the Russian Navy for sure. The reason I suspected Russians earlier was a bit more than a wild guess as there were at the same time a gaggle of Russian cargo ships following along behind all at once..So I thought..eyupp..like ye do. Bit unusual.
The aircraft carrier was relatively close in to shore but the visibilty was not great.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 09:54
John Mavin, Dover
I'm fairly sure this is the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, currently en route for deployment in the Med. Because of the weather she's been at anchor off Scotland for a few days.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 09:01
Mike J., Dover
PaulB - Aha ! So it turned off the seafront there & must have gone 'contraflow' to Eastern Docks along the dual carriageway bringing traffic there to a grinding halt for a short while.
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:50
Mike here's another picture for you to show the beasts exit route from the seafront. Must have been a tight squeeze as you say but it probably used pavement and all. To exit further down the seafront by the Premier Inn would probably have been too tight a squeeze. I suspect the average motorist would feel a tad menaced to see this thing approaching in the rear view mirror.
I'm sure I saw Charles Rolls turning his head there to have a look..
Yes indeed thanks again for all the info Ray..you certainly know your onions. The full frontal shot of it below coming down the seafront almost shows the thing breathing fire !!
I'm not sure where it was heading but if I see it again will let everyone know.
Out in the Channel yesterday there appeared to be some heavy military hardware on the move. This looks like an aircraft carrier to me but as ever I cant be 100% certain as it didn't show up on our Channel Traffic thingy...which can be found on our overall merged frontpage ( at top of page dover.uk.com). It seemed to have a smaller ship as 'outrider' as well .. But here's the thing, it was shadowed further back by the Royal Navy, HMS Defender in fact, which did show up on the channel traffic device. Maybe they were shadowing Russians on the move...perhaps the cold war is still to some extent in operation or is my imagination running riot? Anyway here's the picture..
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 06:32
Mike J., Dover
PaulB - thanks for the interesting photo of the beast heading along the seafront, heading presumably for Eastern Docks.
How did it get from Marine Parade onto Townwall Street ?
It sure as heck would have problems with the gap between the bollards.
I always breathe in to get my car thru the gap . . . .
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 15:21
Thank you for that imfo Ray as you can see by the picture, it certainly was not something you see everyday traveling down the seafront.
Mark and Vic glad to see you enjoy Sea News Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 13:09
Ray H, Dover
You guess correctly, the machine is a SISU Reachstacker built in Finland for the express purpose of handling shipping containers. There are two of these wee beasties lurking around the Port somewhere, originally purchased by DHB then sold off to Hammonds some years back. It is good to see that they are still working they are built like the proverbial brick outhouse.
Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 08:53
Thats a cracking picture there a couple of posts below from Stephen Walker. You can almost feel the moment and hear the roar of the sea. Ace pic Stephen..well done Howard getting it up. Great addition.
Vic you are right, its very tough for the guys out there on the sea in this weather, going through the thick and thin of it every day. Thanks again for your comments..glad you are enjoying the Sea News pages.
Hello Mark ..welcome. Good to hear from you all the way up there in Northants. Ah yes have often gazed at those local glorious gliders over that way on summer days..tranquil beauty in motion. You made us laugh about Brussels standardising the seagull.
Look at this guy from yesterday...
This Monster Mover came grinding and growling down the seafront yesterday around 1pm. It had a police escort front and rear, because of its size no doubt. The front escort just out of shot. We are seeing an upsurge in monster movers lately and this is the latest. I dont know what it is...is it a container lifting crane or similar? Bit of a beast. Came close to crushing that blue car left like an elephant would a bug..Look at the size of those tyres.
SEAFRONT LIGHTS: Glad the guys at the Port noticed our comment mentioning that the very central light amongst the all new seafront lights wasn't working...the guys came to fix it late yesterday...and now we have the full set of new lights all glowing brightly along Dover Seafront...the new lights run from the Premier Inn to the Yacht Club. White light rather than orange light as we noted previously...and very nice too.Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 07:33
vic matcham, Dover
This is a very good site with some great photos of the sea and the port and the ships that come and vist us all the year round and in all weathers,I worked at sea off and on in ny working life on ships mainly welding ,just glad not out there this year,I was on a ship working in the 1987 storms but this time it has gone on for so many weeks and looks like no end to it yet,but the good news about it all it is keeping the snow away.Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 02:02
howard mcsweeney, dover
the photos get ever more dramatic - the cloud formation is a great one, this one was taken at the hoe last friday by stephen walker during a volunteer conservation day.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:17
Mark Rushton, Northants (email@example.com)
Great Blog - as someone who has an interest in the ferries and as a fairly regular visiting instructor at Channel Gliding Club just up the road I find it very enlightening. As regards your feathered friend, my money's on a cormorant (or possibly a sh*g, but that might not get past the lewdity filter....). Your comment implies that Brussels are now standardising the seagull, which, although disappointing, really doesn't come as that much of a surprise....
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 12:02
Although we haven't experienced it as bad as some parts of the country, particularly Wales and Cornwall, we too have had our very rough days here in Dover, we have certainly had our moments. Maybe the worst of the stormy weather is gone now...or do we speak too soon? This picture above was taken yesterday and shows the sea just outside the western exit. The seabird thought it best to move sharpish when it saw this roller approaching...not sure what kind of a bird it is but it doesn't look like the standard seagull.
Scroll down the page to see the Le Touquet deal from MYFERRYLINK.Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 08:04
These are rough oul times weatherwise and no mistake, and it goes on.. with a further Atlantic surge due in today monday. The picture above shows the sky yesterday morning over the channel. A big big sky with very unusual cloud formation..with added swirl. Once again it was the sunday morning calm between two storms as before long this sky had transformed itself into a Force 9 Gale of some severity.
And Now...for those contemplating a breather from all the buffeting...here's an idea from MYFERRYLINK....
A January Getaway in Le Touquet
Exclusive offer at the luxury 4* Le Grand Hotel for MyFerryLink customers
For those looking to recover from the hectic bustle of Christmas and the New Year, MyFerryLink has the perfect solution. The Dover-Calais ferry operator has teamed up with the gorgeous 4* Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet, to offer its customers an exclusive deal for a relaxing January getaway.
From now until 31 January 2014, travellers with MyFerryLink can enjoy a two night stay in a double room, plus breakfast and three course dinner for just €185 per person (based on 2 people sharing a room, beverages excluded). That’s a €45 saving per person on the usual price! And with any duration prices for a car and up to 9 people starting from £70 return, customers can enjoy a luxury three-day break from just £190 per person.
Located by the beautiful Canche estuary, the luxury Le Grand Hotel in Le Touquet is just a 10 minute walk away from the centre of this chic coastal resort. It is home to a magnificent collection of contemporary art and also offers customers a large indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and beauty spa with a range of massages and treatments. The hotel’s acclaimed La Lorelei restaurant offers a contemporary fine dining menu, or for a more chilled buffet style meal, customers can eat in the Roots restaurant with its innovative ‘urban seaside’ interiors.
Le Touquet boasts miles upon miles of sandy beaches - ideal for relaxing walks to blow away the midwinter cobwebs. There’s a wealth of cafés and restaurants to choose from, and the designer clothes shops and huge array of beautiful locally produced food shops are perfect for browsing and choosing gifts to take home.
MyFerryLink operates 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route. Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £35 each way any duration and from £29 for a day return.
To find the best fares, visit www.myferrylink.com or call 0844 2482 100
Have a soft spot for Le Touquet myself for sure.
Thanks Tempie, glad you are liking the pictures.
Monday, 6 January 2014 - 06:22
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi Paul Boland, Thank you for getting back and letting me know! My apologies! I will go to the main forum, register and post my request there. GREAT PICTURES!
Kind Regards Tempie Williams Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 12:57
This is about as LIVE as we can get...the Port of Dover guys came to retrieve their stairwell a few minutes ago.
Yes you are right indeed Vic they came to get it poste haste as you can see from the picture above, also you are right about the safety aspect of things, people should keep well clear when its at its worst. Thanks also for the info re fixings etc. Those fixtures and fittings have had to put up with a fierce pounding lately. I never remember it as bad.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:57
vic matcham, Dover
Thanks Paul are you trying to make me feel better about it.?
but I think it is the fixings out of the wall not the weldingthis time,they could still be the old ones lots of good outdoor paints about now. but somone will be taking that up the s/yard if it is not moved soon
Some great photos of the sea taken but as already said the public should stay well away from the fencing and walls,if they go in they will never get out again with the winds and sea like it is now the waves will push the person hard up against the wall and that will be that but some will not be told till it is to late.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 08:54
Thanks Ray and Vic re the information below about the walkway/gangplank or whatever one might call it. I did wonder if it might have come from the Prince of Wales pier but.... The picture above left shows the very very high tide almost swallowing the local pier, and the pic on the right shows the sea about to reclaim the stairs having given it up earlier. The tide is low as I write and it is still there in situ mid beach( further pictures below ). It looks quite a new stairs Vic so maybe one of them newer fellers did the welding work on this one.
Tempie Williams this is not the main forum, this is the Sea News section for nautical items only. You would need to post your message on the central forum which is now under.. www.dover.uk.com/forums/ .. following our merger. Register with Doverforum there and you will probably have more of a wider chance of getting help. The Register link is at the top of the page there on the right hand side. Good luck in your quest.Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 07:40
Tempie Williams, Crawley, West Sussex (email@example.com)
Dear Members of the Dover Forum,
I am posting my ancestry request for information below upon the kind response suggestion of Mr. David Hannent FRICS FBEng MCIArb ,
“ Hi Seasons Greetings.
I find your quest very interesting but I really am not into this kind of research. I have my own family tree which is sadly neglected due to me having to work all hours. I am sure those you have contacted will help or perhaps try doverforum.com and post a request - there are many there that have time and knowledge.
I wish you well
Firstly, my name is Tempie Williams. I am American- born with deceased American- born parents. My husband is British -born with Dominican parents and we live in Crawley, England. I accidently just came across the 'Dover Historian' website and with great interest! I sent my request to the publisher and several others in England, US and Dominica , as I am coming to you here, asking if anyone could assist me in finding out more information or point me in the right direction regarding:
A slave according to the 'Slave Registers of Former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812- 1834 and Dominica General Registry of Slaves … stating his:
Estimated birth year: is abt 1800, Age: 17, Nationality: Creole, Gender: Male, Parish: St. Joseph, Colonial Dependency: Dominica , Name of owner or Plantation: Dover Estate.
Secondly, I believe according to all my research that he could be the father to my 3rd great grandmother born in North Carlina according to , USA on my mother ( born in Alabama, USA) ancestry lineage. I am finding fascinating discoveries in both my mom and dad's ancestry lineage. I have a ancestry wiki page that I tried to post here and was not able to but coulf provide if needed to give better detail to my story.
Again, If you have any information or can point me in the right direction, I would be most appreciative. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(P.S. I also sent an email to: Mr, Paul Boland : email@example.com, regarding my posting of this request.)
Tempie Williams (of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Tempie Williams )
Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 06:30
vic matcham, Dover
I hope they are not I fixed them there but that years ago.Saturday, 4 January 2014 - 14:06