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.
Once again the intrepid members of our Reading Support Group are making the hazardous sea crossing from the "North Island" to the Isle of Wight, on Friday 3rd November. This time we are promoting Medway Queen at the "Wightrail 2017" model railway exhibition in Medina Leisure Centre, Newport. The exhibition is open on both Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 10am- 4.30pm.
If you are on the Island come and see us. We'll have the Medway Queen books and souvenirs for sale, our own promotional wagons and news of a new paddle steamer DVD production due for publication in a few week's time. There will be plenty for everyone to see at the show.
We will have a display of photos of course and a novelty model railway which even has its very own Medway Queen promotional stall busy raising funds and awareness.
AVIVA voting started 9am TODAY. Please vote ASAP
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Voting in the AVIVA Community Fund donation competition has started. The "rules" seem complicated but basically each person who registers gets 10 votes. To be considered for a donation we need 1000 votes so if just 100 people give us all 10 of their votes we are there!
John Kempton has registered a project that would give us funds to set up a scheme whereby young people could stay on board overnight and learn about Medway Queen and her role in peacetime and war. If we get our 1000 votes quickly enough we get the £1000. Otherwise we need as many votes as possible to be in with a chance.
PLEASE VOTE FOR "NEW MEDWAY STEAM PACKET CO"
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER 9AM ON 24TH OCTOBER.
IT WON'T COST YOU ANYTHING.
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