Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The cross-channel ferry, MS Pride of Dover berthed alongside the Admiralty Pier in the Western Docks of Dover Harbour:

Built 1987 by Schichau Unterweser for Townsend Thoresen, now P and O Ferries. Ex-MV P and O SL Dover. Cross-channel route Dover to Calais (France). IMO 8517736, MMSI 232001670, Call Sign: GJCR. Withdrawn 2010.
(Click this MS Pride of Dover text link to see the largest size)

The photo was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier on Tuesday, 27st of April, 2010.

The MF Pride of Dover primarily operated on the Dover to Calais route, normally berthing in the ferry terminal of the Eastern Docks (the Western Docks is the cruise ship terminal).

The ferry was tied up at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) on the Admiralty Pier for several days, however, which may have had some connection to the airline crisis that arose as a result of ash fall-out from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruptions in Iceland.

The MS Pride of Dover (1)

The MS Pride of Dover was built by Schichau Unterweser AG (Schichau Seebeckwerft) in 1987 as a cross-channel ferry for Townsend Thoresen. She was the last new ship to appear in service with the famous Townsend Thoresen orange hull though she was delivered with the P&O house flag painted on her funnel which was changed from the 'TT' logo during construction. Townsend Thoresen was renamed P and O European Ferries late in 1987, following the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, and Pride of Dover was swiftly repainted in the new company colours.

The industry generally regarded Pride Of Dover and her sister MV Pride Of Calais (photo not yet uploaded) as the most successful ferries ever built for English Channel service. The ships boasted superb handling characteristics and excellent sea-keeping abilities. Between 1998 and 2002 she was under the control of P&O Stena Line and carried the name MV P&OSL Dover from 1999 until 2002 (sometimes P&O SL Dover). Once returned to P&O control she was renamed MV PO Dover before she was repainted into new P&O Ferries livery when her name returned to MV Pride of Dover.

MS Pride Of Dover details (1) (2):


Name: 1987-1999: Pride of Dover, 1999-2002: P&OSL Dover, 2002-2003: PO Dover, 2003-2010: Pride of Dover
Owner: 1987: Stanhope Steamship Co. Ltd (Townsend Car Ferries Ltd), 1987-2006: P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd, 2006-present: P&O Ferries Ltd
Operator: P&O Ferries
Port of registry: Dover, United Kingdom
Route: Dover-Calais
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, West Germany
Yard number: 93
Launched: 20 September 1986
Completed: 27 May 1987
Maiden voyage: 2 June 1987
Out of service: 15th December 2010
Fate: Currently Unknown
Status: Out of Service, laid up in Tilbury

General characteristics

Tonnage: 26,433 tonnes
Length: 169.6 m (556.4 ft)
Beam: 28.27 m (92.7 ft)
Draft: 6.12 m (20.1 ft)
Installed power: 3 x Sulzer ZA40S Diesels
Propulsion: Triple controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h)
Capacity: 2,290 passengers, 650 vehicles
Call Sign: GJCR
IMO: 8517736
MMSI: 232001670

Owner's website: P&O Ferries

"P&O" is derived from Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

The Pride of Dover primarily operated the Dover–Calais route, but on a number of occasions she made crossings between Dover and Zeebrugge as a result of industrial action in France.

The vessel ended her P&O service on 15 December 2010 with her last crossing leaving Dover at 2345 local time. She has now been replaced by the new super-ferry, MS Spirit of Britain that arrived in the Port of Dover on Sunday, 9th of January, 2011, after a handover ceremony at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma (Finland) on the 5th of January.

With a bigger capacity and almost double the amount of tonnage, at 49,000 tonnes, the Spirit of Britain (ex-Olympic Spirit) is the largest ferry to ever cross the channel.

Video - The caption to "Pride of Dover Tribute" reads:

A tribute to the Pride of Dover one of the most successful cross channel ferries that served on the Dover Strait. This video is dedicated to the ship and the crew. The movie features some unique footage of bridge operations. Some scenes feature the Pride of Dover's sister ship the Pride of Calais.

(1) Abridged from the Wikipedia entry for Pride of Dover; also see the Pride of Calais entry
(2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Pride of Dover

The main photo was originally uploaded to:

MS Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour

Also taken this day:

To be uploaded:

Pride of Canterbury passing in front of the Southern Breakwater of Dover Harbour

A Cross-Channel Ferry photo.

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

The 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 travel and tourism in the Western Docks.

John Latter / Jorolat

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