MS Pride of Dover

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Pride of Dover leaving Dover in 2006
  • 1987–1999: Pride of Dover
  • 1999–2002: P&OSL Dover
  • 2002–2003: PO Dover
  • 2003–2012: Pride of Dover
  • 2012-scrapping: Pride
Port of registry: Dover,  United Kingdom
Route: Dover-Calais
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, West Germany
Cost: approx £42 million[2]
Yard number: 93
Laid down: 9 April 1986
Launched: 20 September 1986
Completed: 27 May 1987
Maiden voyage: 2 June 1987
In service: 2 June 1987
Out of service: 15 December 2010
Identification:IMO number8517736
Fate: Scrapped
Status: Out of Service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 26,433 GT
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)
  • 2,290 passengers
  • 650 vehicles

MS Pride of Dover was a cross-channel ferry built in 1987 for Townsend Thoresen. She mainly operated the Dover–Calais route for P&O until 2010.


Pride of Dover was the last new ship to appear in service with the famous Townsend Thoresen orange hull, although she was delivered with the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) house flag painted on her funnel in place of the traditional 'TT' insignia. Townsend Thoresen was renamed P&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.

They were an evolution of the Spirit Class that preceded them and were built in the same dockyard, however, they were so large that their hulls were actually put together at a different shipyard to that of the construction; this was because the contract winner, Schichau Unterweser, could not fit the hull of the vessels on their slipway. They were instead constructed in sections in Bremerhaven and towed down the River Weser by Barge to Bremer Vulcan. Pride of Calais unlike Pride of Dover was largely complete when she was launched at Bremer Vulcan before being towed to Schichau Unterweser for fitting out.

Pride of Dover primarily operated the DoverCalais route, but on a number of occasions made crossings between Dover and Zeebrugge as a result of industrial action in France.[when?]

Between 1998 and 2002 she was under the control of P&O Stena Line and carried the name P&OSL Dover from 1999 until 2002. Once returned to P&O control she was renamed PO Dover before she was repainted into new P&O Ferries livery when her name returned to Pride of Dover.[2]

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 second largest ferry to cross the channel.[3] Pride of Dover was laid up in Tilbury Docks 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,[4] 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,[2] but was delivered to Aliağa on 27 December.

Sister Ship[edit]



  1. ^ Rabson, Stephen; O'Donaghue, Kevin (1988). P&O: A Fleet History. Kendal: World Ship Society. p. 524. ISBN 0-905617-45-2.
  2. ^ a b c "MV Pride of Dover - Past and Present". Dover Ferry Photos. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Spirit of France and Spirit of Britain". P&O Ferries. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  4. ^


  • Hendy, John (2015). Remembering the Chunnel Beaters: The Pride of Dover and the Pride of Calais. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 9781906608842.