Tuesday, 18 October 2011

MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship before the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, UK

On the 10th of May, 2010, the Princess Daphne cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks to berth at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1):

Ex-Port Sydney. Owned by Classic International Cruises: IMO 5282627, Callsign CQSD, MMSI 255718000. From Cadiz, Spain, going to Kiel, Germany. White Cliffs of Dover and Eastern Arm behind ship. View: Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this Princess Daphne Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The Eastern Arm pier, running the full length of the photo behind the ship, juts out from the out-of-shot Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal) located below the White Cliffs of Dover. The top of the Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can be seen near the cliff edge on the right-hand side of the photo.

The tugs DHB Dauntless (bow) and DHB Doughty (stern) belong to Dover Harbour Board of Harbour House.

The photo was taken just after midday from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

The MS Princess Daphne arrived from Cadiz, Spain (5th May), and had previously called at: Barcelona, Spain (2nd May); Marseile/Marseilles, France (1st May); Nice, France (1st May - a day-trip); Marseile/Marseilles, France (1st May); Catania, Sicily (29th April); Beirut, Lebanon (22nd April).

Later in the day, the Princess Daphne left Dover and arrived at Kiel, Germany, at 7.16 am on the 12th of May.

On the 17th of May, the Princess Daphne left Molde (a city and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway, part of the Romsdal region) and made its way back to Kiel for the 19th of May start of an 11-day cruise that called at: Gdansk (Poland), Klaipeda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), and then Kiel again.

The Princess Daphne next called at the Port of Dover on Monday the 6th of September, 2010.

Video - "The MS Princess Daphne" from Hansa Kreuzfahrten (Hansa Touristik, in German):

The Princess Daphne (1)

The Princess Daphne, like the MS Athena, is owned by Classic International Cruises (CI Cruises) of the World Cruises Agency. The tour operator during the summer is Hansa Kreuzfahrten and then the ship comes under the auspices of Classic International Cruises Australia for the winter season.

The Princess Daphne was originally the Port Sydney who was ordered by Port Line Ltd, a subsidiary of Cunard PLC for the use on their route between the UK and New Zealand and Australia via the Panama Canal.

The Port Sydney was laid down as hull no. 1827 on August 13, 1953 at the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Yards, Wallsend-on-Tyne. She was launched on October 29, 1954 and ran her engine/sea trials on March 3 1955, seven days prior the launching of her sister the Port Melbourne, which was built at the Harland & Wolff Ship Yards in Belfast.

Between Port Sydney and Princess Daphne, the passenger ship was also known as the Akrotiri Express, Daphne, Switzerland, and Ocean Monarch (2). The Port Melbourne eventually became the Princess Danae (3)

MS Princess Daphne details (4) (5):

Gross Tonnage: 15,833 ton
Length: 162,37m
Breadth: 21,34m
Draught: 7,80m
Main Engine: 2 Doxford 67 LB 6, (2x6600 BHP)
Propellers: 2 FP
Cruising speed: 16 Knots
Electric Current: 380 / 220 V/ 50 Hz
Stabilizers: Sperry
Decks: 7
Lifts: 2
Passenger Cabins: 241
Passenger Capacity: 479 Low Beds
Total Berths: 593
IMO: 5282627
MMSI: 255718000
Callsign: CQSD
Flag: Madeira (Portugal)

Official Princess Daphne webpage (Germany)
Official Princess Daphne webpage (Australia)

The Dover Harbour Board Tugs (6)

Bollard-pull DHB Dauntless tug: Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784.
Bollard-pull DHB Doughty tug: Call Sign MZGA8, IMO 9190468, MMSI 232004783.

More Tug photos.

Originally established in 1606, Dover Harbour Board is responsible for the administration, maintenance and improvement of the harbour at Dover.

It operates right at the heart of the UK's and Continental Europe's cross-Channel transport network, managing and piloting what has become one of today's busiest drive-on, drive-off terminals in the world.

The history and origins of the Port of Dover can be traced right back to Roman times.

The White Cliffs of Dover (7)

Geology: The White Cliffs of Dover are composed mainly of soft, white chalk with a very fine-grained texture, composed primarily of coccoliths, plates of calcium carbonate formed by coccolithophores, single-celled planktonic algae whose skeletal remains sank to the bottom of the ocean and, together with the remains of bottom-living creatures, formed sediments. Flint and quartz are also found in the chalk.

White cliffs like those of Dover are also found on the Danish islands of Møn and Langeland or the coasts of the island of Rügen in Germany. The cliff face continues to weather at an average rate of 1 centimetre (0.39 in) per year, although occasionally large pieces will fall. The most recently reported rockfall occurred in January 2010 when an estimated 90,000 tons of chalk fell into the sea.

Notes and Sources

(1) MS Port Sydney webpage
(2) From Daphne
(3) See CIC Princess Danae
(4) From CIC Princess Daphne
(5) From Marinetraffic
(6) The official Dover Harbour Board website
(7) Wikipedia entry for the White Cliffs of Dover (abridged)

The main photo was originally uploaded to:

MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship before the White Cliffs of Dover

To be uploaded:

MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship, Southern Breakwater of Dover Harbour

Click to see all MS Princess Daphne, Classic International Cruises (CI Cruises), Cruise Ship, and Tug photos.

Clickable thumbnails of all harbour-related photos from the main Panoramio Images of Dover website are available on this blog at Port of Dover Page (also linked to at the top below the blog title).

The main site Panoramio photos are each accompanied by a Google Earth satellite map. However, the images are smaller than those on the Images of Dover Blog and the captions are less well formatted.

Port of Dover tourism and travel in the Eastern Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

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