It will not be possible to allow people on board on that day but you are welcome to come down to Gillingham Pier to cheer Pat on. Please do remember the Covid restrictions and stay properly distanced though. We do intend to reopen the ship to visitors from Saturday 22nd May. Follow this link for full details.
The LocalGiving fundraising site is organising a "Captain Tom 100" memorial event over the May bank holiday weekend; 30th April to 3rd May 2021.
Medway Councillor Pat Cooper (below) has generously offered to take part and to walk 100 laps of Medway Queen's promenade deck to raise funds towards the ship's fitting out. Please support her and help her to reach her funding target.
When the ship reopens we will be taking part in "Wheels of Time" again and in the meantime we are already part of the E-Badge scheme where you can visit various heritage websites and carry out an activity to earn a Wheels of Time E-Badge.
The Medway Queen volunteers are back and striving to make up for lost time!
The replacement Purser's Cabin was more or less complete in the workshops and has now been re-assembled on board in its proper place, just astern of the funnel. There is some interior fitting to do and the roof will require a fibreglass coating to keep the weather out. This will be done by the volunteers and they will give the forward companionway cover a similar weatherproofing treatment.
Plans are being laid for further work in the coming weeks and for the expected trip to Ramsgate's slipway where we shall take advantage of the facilities and get as much work done as possible.
This week's board meeting will be able to confirm some of this and will address the plan to re-open the ship to Saturday visitors - more detail soon. Donations to cover the costs of materials and contracts for the 2021 programme are coming in but more are (always!) welcome. More volunteers in all departments would also help.