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

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John Latter on July 22, 2010

The Princess Daphne cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is now making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks where it will berth at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1).

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) which are located below the White Cliffs of Dover to the left. 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 are the DHB Dauntless (bow) and DHB Doughty (stern) (DHB = Dover Harbour Board).

The photo was taken just after midday on Monday, 10th of May, 2010, from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side). The MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship before the Southern Breakwater photo was taken a few minutes later.

This is the first photograph I've uploaded taken with an old pre-digital zoom lens bought as part of a charity shop job-lot for 5.00 GBP. I'm getting mixed results with it (due to ignorance), but this photo looks OK on my old CRT monitor (except the sky looks "flat" - anyone got any tips?). I've said elsewhere that most of my photos look pretty yeuky on the new-fangled technology of laptops, anyway.

Also, as the "due to ignorance" comment infers, despite the number of photos on this website I really don't know much about photography - I mainly "point and shoot", and only occasionally twiddle with one dial or another :)

OK, back to business:

The 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).

At 9.29 pm on the 10th of May, 2010 (the same day she arrived), the Princess Daphne left Dover and arrived at Kiel, Germany, at 7.16 am on the 12th.

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

The Princess Daphne is next scheduled to visit Dover on Monday the 6th of September, 2010, when I hope to get some more photos because I was only here at her arrival.

The Princess Daphne is owned by Classic International Cruises of the World Cruises Agency. The Tour Operator during the summer is Hansa Cruises (see Hansa Kreuzfahrten) and then the ship comes under the auspices of Classic International Cruises Australia for the winter season (see their Princess Daphne webpage).

The Princess Daphne was originally the Port Sydney who was ordered by Port Line Ltd., a subsidiary of Cunard for the use on their route between the UK and New Zealand and Australia via the Panama Canal. 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. (1)

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

Ship`s details:

Gross Tonnage: 15.833ton

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

Info from Marine Traffic:

IMO: 5282627

Callsign: CQSD

Flag: Madeira (Portugal)

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(1) MS Port Sydney

(2) Daphne

(3) See Princess Danae

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John Latter on August 25, 2010

Click to see the MS Athena, another cruise ship owned and operated by Classic International Cruises, which visited Dover on the 20th of August for the first time this year (2010).

John Latter on December 2, 2012

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

MS Princess Daphne Cruise Ship (MMSI 255718000)

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 17, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/10 12:58:29
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash