On Saturdays Medway Queen is a tourist attraction. On other days she is a place of work for our volunteer restoration teams. Much has been accomplished recently as we work towards making the ship suitable as a venue for hire.
Yesterday, in sweltering conditions, Phil, Mick, William & Bob worked hard to install the lower aft saloon companionway.
Production of legs for the bench seating, and installation of the seat frames, is progressing in the safe hands of our "two Rons",
Bob has designed fabricated and fitted safety gates for the sponson access ways so the doors can be opened for ventilation yet still still safe for visitors. The port side forward & aft are complete and he's now working on two for the starboard side.
Meanwhile, out in the fresh air, Daniel and David have been giving the captain's cabin a fresh coat of protective paint.
We urgently need more volunteers. Not only to work on restoration of the ship but to run the Visitor Centre on Saturdays and to assist with administration tasks. If you can donate a few hours a week in any capacity contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01634 575717 or call in to our site on Gillingham Pier.
Photos by Ju. Maguire except where noted.
Top, left to right:
Painting the captain's cabin
Mick and installing the lower aft companionway
Companionway in position
Bottom, left to right
Turning legs for the saloon benches - Ron Vant
Fitting bench frames in the aft saloon
Safety gate on sponsor access