MS Spirit of Britain and a Water Cannon Salute, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on January 21, 2011

This is the 3rd of 6 photos (see below) showing the MS Spirit of Britain arriving in Dover Harbour for the first time on Sunday, January 9th, 2011.

The photo shows the MS Spirit of Britain about 5 minutes after she first entered the Eastern Entrance from the Straits of Dover and English Channel.

The Eastern Entrance, now behind and to the right of the ship, is bracketed by the Eastern Arm pier on the left and the Southern Breakwater out-of-shot to the right.

The super-ferry has just completed a ninety-degree turn to starboard and has begun heading towards the ferry terminal of the Eastern Docks.

In front of the Spirit of Britain at bottom-left is the Dover Harbour Board tug, DHB Dauntless; her sister-tug, DHB Doughty, is almost completely hidden by the ferry's bow. Both tugs are firing their water cannon in a traditonal salute.

To the left of the base of DHB Doughty's jet of water is the Dover Port Control building on the Eastern Arm.

This photo of the Spirit of Britain was taken from near the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier at 11.10 am.

Other photos (in chronological order):

1) Dover Tugs welcoming the MS Spirit of Britain

2) Dover Tugs escorting the MS Spirit of Britain

3) This page

4) MS Spirit of Britain before the White Cliffs of Dover

5) MS Spirit of Britain near the White Cliffs of Dover

6) MS Spirit of Britain and the White Cliffs of Dover

Standard information

Abridged extract from a P&O Ferries blog (1):

P and O Ferries took delivery of its new 180 million euro ship Spirit of Britain on the 5th of January after a handover ceremony at the STX Europe shipyard in Rauma, Finland.

The ship then followed a route initially cleared by icebreakers in the Baltic Sea.

The ship will now undergo final preparations for entry into service on the cross-channel Dover to Calais route from the 21st of January.

At 49,000 gross registered tonnes and 213 metres in length, Spirit of Britain is by far the largest ferry ever designed for service on the Dover Strait. The new ship is the first of a pair coming into service for P&O Ferries between Dover and Calais this year, with sister ship Spirit of France to follow in September. Each has capacity for up to 2,000 passengers and vehicle deck space for a line of traffic almost four kilometres long.

The MS Spirit of Britain, which is replacing the MS Pride of Dover, was originally going to be called the Olympic Spirit. Then in may, 2010, BBC News reported (2):

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.

Ship's Details (3):

Name: Spirit of Britain

Operator: P and O Ferries

Port of registry: Dover, United Kingdom

Route: Dover-Calais

Builder: STX Europe, Rauma, Finland

Yard number: 1367

Launched: 8 June 2010

Status: Completed

General characteristics (3) (4):

Tonnage: 49,000 tonnes

Length: 213 m (698.8 ft)

Beam: 31.4 m (103.0 ft)

Draft: 6.5 m (21.3 ft)

Installed power: 4 x MAN 7L 48/60 Diesels

Propulsion: 2 x controllable pitch propellers

3 x Bow thrusters

Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h)

Capacity: 2,000 passengers, 650 vehicles

Call Sign: 2DXD4

IMO: 9524231

MMSI: 235082716

"P and O", or "P&O", is derived from the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

DHB Doughty: Call Sign MZGA8, IMO 9190468, MMSI 232004783

DHB Dauntless: Call Sign MZGC8, IMO 9190456, MMSI 232004784

Click to see all Ferry and Tug photos (including the Pride of Canterbury; related tags: Boats, Cruise Ships, Ships, Workboats).

(1) P&O Ferries New Ships Blog

(2) Change of names for new ferries to avoid Olympics clash

(3) Wikipedia entry for MS Spirit of Britain

(4) Marinetraffic entry for MS Spirit of Britain

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on January 21, 2011

Also see the 20th of January, 2011, photo:

MS Spirit of Britain berthed in the Eastern Docks at Night

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  • Uploaded on January 21, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/01/09 11:10:11
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
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    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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