The historic paddle steamer PS Medway Queen is currently being fitted out, berthed on Gillingham Pier. Saved from its fate as a derelict, a core group of volunteers formed the MQPS to save the ship which saved 7,000 Allied servicemen during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
We are a volunteer run organisation who rely solely on donations to completely rebuild the PS Medway Queen.
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The society's Transition Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund includes recruitment of trustees and volunteers. The priority is Trustees/Directors with financial management and fund-raising expertise but we need other Trustees /Directors and volunteers to work in event management, PR & advertising and education/outreach. If you are interested contact Brian Burton (Chairman) or John Kempton (Vice-Chairman) on 01634 575717 or email via contacts page.
PS MEDWAY QUEEN.
The Medway Queen was built in 1924 and entered service on Thames estuary routes in May of that year. She was used as a minesweeper during WWII and is famous for her seven trips to Dunkirk in 1940. After the war she returned to her old route until 1963. From 1966 until 1973 (or '74) she was a nightclub in the Isle of Wight. The ship returned to the river Medway in 1984 and the hull has now been rebuilt with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund