I called in to the Medway Archive Centre on Monday, after the MQPS Board Meeting, to see the display and to check a few historical details on our ship.
The display looks great and is well worth a visit. MQPS supplied the design and the components and the people at the Archive Centre have done a good job installing the display on their exhibition boards. Click below for details of opening times etc. On a Saturday you have plenty of time to pop in to see the display before going on to visit the ship at Gillingham Pier. The cream teas on Medway Queen were such a success over the Jubilee weekend that Pam is making them a regular feature. I tested one on Monday and it was delicious!
Photo: Elspeth Millar, Medway Archive Centre
Our thanks, again, to everyone who took part. The ship is open as usual today (Saturday) so pop down and take a look if you are in the area.
Photos: Ron Vant
“Beside the Seaside” display at Medway Archives
Monday 6th June until Tuesday 26th July.
As a follow up to the Jubilee weekend we have arranged a display of the ship's history, entitled "Medway Queen Beside the Seaside", at the Medway Archive Centre, 32 Bryant Road, Strood, Rochester ME2 3EP, from Monday 6th June to Tuesday 26th July. The display charts Medway Queen’s history as an excursion vessel with panels covering the Spithead Naval Reviews and the Second World War as well as the “day job” of excursions across the Thames Estuary. TEN panels in all charting the "in service" history of our ship in words and images.
If you haven't got all the Medway Queen history books yet they are on sale when you visit at the Medway Archive Centre.
Admission is free, opening hours:
9am to 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.
The site is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Drop in when you are in the area or, on a Saturday, combine seeing this display with a visit to the ship at Gillingham Pier which is only about 4 miles away by road.
Photos: Elspeth Millar, Medway Archives.
Very welcome visitors to Medway Queen yesterday when Captain Horsham's daughter and her family called in.
Leonard Horsham joined the NMSPCo. in 1932, serving as First Mate on Queen of Thanet, Essex Queen and Queen of the Channel. In 1939 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant (later Commander) RNVR and served on minesweeping duties on HMS Royal Edgar and HMS Thames Queen until February 1946, when he returned to his job with GSNCo. In addition to his First Mate and Master’s exams Len became a qualified pilot for British Coastal Waters. He served with GSNCo. on freight ships in European waters and, for some time each summer as Master of the Medway Queen throughout her post-war excursion career. He died of cancer, aged 58, in Woolwich on 14th May 1969.
Medway Queen is open to visitors again today (Saturday) and tomorrow. 11am to 4pm, last admission 3pm.
Photo: Pam Bathurst with Captain Horsham's family. Martin Goodhew.
Text adapted from our members' magazine, Full Ahead, for Winter 2021