Duke of Kent opened Western Docks Hoverport in 1981 after merger of Seaspeed and Hoverlloyd to form Hoverspeed. SR.N4 propellor and pylon located on the concrete apron adjacent to Prince of Wales Pier were installed in 1999. The Princess Anne made last cross-channel flight on Sunday, October 1, 2000; ACV fleet replaced by Seacat catamarans until 2005. Port of Dover English Channel Ferries. Transport History, Tourism, and Travel.