Four years on from the rebuild in Bristol and delivery back to Medway the need for maintenance and upkeep is always there. The saloon windows are a case in point where the Medway weather has gradually removed the varnish and will start to attack the timber frames unless something is done. The volunteer team is designing a modified means of securing the windows so they can be removed from inside the ship for maintenance in the future. That will speed things up considerably next time. Attention is being paid in the design to sealing the windows in place and to their final appearance which must be in keeping with the saloon decor. For this first refurbishment, a safe means of access to the windows from outside the hull has been devised for their removal before cleaning and re-fitting, which is now in progress. The windows are being removed a few at a time, cleaned and re-varnished and then refitted using the new method. We are delighted to acknowledge support from the Pirates Cave Chandlery of Rochester, www.piratescave.co.uk, for this project with the possibility of more help from them in the future.
Bringing you up to date information on the refit of the PS Medway Queen