Pride of Canterbury Cross-Channel Ferry, Southern Breakwater, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 20, 2010

The Pride of Canterbury passing in front of the Southern Breakwater of Dover Harbour at 7.04 pm on Wednesday, 12th of May, 2010.

Unusually, the ship had entered by the Western Entrance and is shown crossing the Outer Harbour on its way over to the ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks.

The view is from the King Charles II Memorial on Dover Seafront, close to the Clock Tower, Prince of Wales Pier, and Sue`s Seafood Stall: a distance to the ship of about 1500 yards.

This is the second photo uploaded taken with an old el-cheapo zoom lens bought from a charity shop and I can't quite get the hang of it (any tips appreciated!) The first zoom photo was MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship before the White Cliffs of Dover in which the sky looks really "flat". The photo on this page doesn't look so bad, though.

The Pride of Canterbury is a cross-channel ferry operated by P and O Ferries. She was the second of four 'European Class' freight ferries ordered for the P and O European Ferries Dover-Zeebrugge route. Between 1992 and 2002 she sailed between Dover and Zeebrugge for P&O European Ferries and later P and O Stena Line. She was converted in the winter of 2002/spring 2003 and re-entered service as Pride of Canterbury (replacing the ageing P & OSL Canterbury).She currently sails from Dover to Calais (France). (1)

In January 2008 the ship struck the wreck of SS Mahratta while manoeuvering into The Downs off Deal on the Kent coast during heavy weather: click to read the Pride of Canterbury Accident Report.

Ship's details (1) (2):

Name: 1992-2003: European Pathway, 2003-present: Pride of Canterbury

Owner: 1992-2002: P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd, 2002-present: P & O Ferries Ltd

Operator: P&O Ferries

Port of registry: Dover, United Kingdom

Route: 1992-2002: Dover-Zeebrugge, 2003-present: Dover-Calais

Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany

Tonnage: 1991-2002: 22,986 tonnes, 2003 onwards: 30,365 tonnes

Length: 179.7 m (589.6 ft)

Beam: 28.3 m (92.8 ft)

Draft: 6.27 m (20.6 ft)

Installed power: 4 x Sulzer 8ZA40S Diesels

Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers

Speed: 21 knots

Capacity: 1991-2002: 200 passengers and 124 15m freight vehicles, 2003 onwards: 2,000 passengers and 650 passenger vehicles or 120 15m freight vehicles

Flag: United Kingdom [UK]

Call Sign: MPQZ6

IMO: 9007295

(1) Extract from the Wikipedia entry for Pride of Canterbury

(2) Extract from Marinetraffic entry for Pride of Canterbury

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

Also see The Pride of Dover Ferry, Admiralty Pier, Western Docks, Dover Harbour and all other Ferry photos (related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ships).

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on January 10, 2011

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).

John Latter on October 30, 2012

The current position of the MS Pride of Canterbury (MMSI: 232001060) is shown on this Pride of Canterbury webpage.

Also see:

MS Spirit of France and the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, England

John Latter on January 29, 2013

Click to see the MF Pride of Calais photo.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 20, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/12 19:04:00
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash