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

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John Latter on July 25, 2010

The cross-channel ferry, "Pride of Dover" (P and O Ferries) berthed alongside the Admiralty Pier in Dover Harbour (Western Docks), Kent, UK.

The photo was taken from the Prince of Wales Pier on Tuesday, 27st of April, 2010; out of shot to the left, the cruise ship AIDAblu is also in port.

The Pride of Dover primarily operates the Dover to Calais route and normally berths in Dover's Eastern Docks at the ferry terminal (the Western Docks is the cruise liner terminal). Today, April 28th, is the fourth day I've seen the ship tied up at the Admiralty Pier, however, and I wonder if this is in any way connected to the recent airline crisis due to ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland?

The MS Pride of Dover is a cross-channel ferry built by Schichau Unterweser AG (Schichau Seebeckwerft) in 1987 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. (1)

The industry generally regards Pride Of Dover and her sister MV Pride Of Calais as the most successful ferries ever built for English Channel service. The ships boast superb handling characteristics and excellent sea-keeping abilities. Between 1998 and 2002 she was under the control of P and O Stena Line and carried the name MV P&OSL Dover from 1999 until 2002 (sometimes P and 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. (1)

Also see the Pride of Canterbury passing in front of the Southern Breakwater of Dover Harbour photo.

Pride Of Dover details (1) (2):

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

NB "P&O" comes from Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

The Pride of Dover will leave service in either 2010 or 2011 to be replaced by one of two new ferries ordered by P&O Ferries. A LLoyd`s List article dated Thursday 8 April 2010 originally said (3):

Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, the UK double gold medal heroine of the Athens Olympics, is to become Godmother to the first of two huge record-beating cross-Channel ferries to sail on the Dover-Calais service.

Dame Kelly will name the Olympic Spirit when P&O Ferries takes delivery of the new vessel at the end of 2010. An identical sistership will be delivered in the autumn of 2011 and will take the name Olympic Pride.

At 49,000 gross tonnes and 213 m in length the new ships enter the record books as the largest ferries to date to operate across the Dover Strait.

With space for more than 160 articulated lorries the two new ships will double the freight carrying capacity of the Pride of Dover and Pride of Calais, the ships they are replacing, while providing a third vehicle deck for up to 200 tourist vehicles.

This announcement was updated on Wednesday, 5th May 2010, when BBC News reported (4):

Two new ferries for the Dover-Calais route have been re-titled to avoid clashes over Olympic naming rights. Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is to name one of the new P&O ferries, which was to have been called Olympic Spirit, next year. The vessel will now be called Spirit of Britain. Its sister ship, originally known as Olympic Pride, will now be named Spirit of France.

P and O Ferries have a Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France website which is "designed to keep you up to date with how the ships are progressing and what you can expect when they enter service in 2011. The site will be regularly updated with exciting content including images, videos and even blog updates from those involved in the project. The latest technology has been used to bring the ships alive, eventually allowing you to explore them all in incredibly realistic 'virtual walkthroughs'."

(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 (3) "Award revived for pioneer": the link is no longer working, possibly because the news became out of date. (4) Change of names for new ferries to avoid Olympics clash

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Click to see the new P&O super-ferry, MS Spirit of Britain, which entered Dover Harbour for the first time on Sunday, 9th of January, 2011 (replacing the Pride of Dover).

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The vessel ended her P&O service on 15 December 2010 with her last crossing leaving Dover at 2345 local time. She was replaced by the new superferry Spirit of Britain, with a bigger capacity and almost double the gross tonnage, at 47,600 tons, the largest ferry to cross the channel. Pride of Dover was laid up in Tilbury Docks (Port of Tilbury, London) and offered for sale. In February 2012, her house flag was removed from her funnel, but she remained in warm lay-up in Tilbury until 23 October 2012, when Pride of Dover was put into cold lay-up. All her generators were switched off and her skeleton crew was transferred to her sister, Pride of Calais, which was laid-up in Tilbury on that day.

On 1 November 2012, almost two years after she had been laid up, Pride of Dover, with her engine damaged beyond repair, was reported sold for scrap to German shipping interests. Her name was changed to Pride and all her P&O logos were removed. On 29 November, she left Tilbury for Tuzla, Turkey in tow of tug Eide Fighter, but was delivered to Aliağa on 27 December.

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  • Uploaded on April 28, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/04/27 07:15:11
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