On Monday 15th June 1953 Medway Queen was part of the Spithead Coronation Review and carried a party organised by the Young Women’s Christian Association. They travelled from London Waterloo (platform 10), behind Lord Nelson class locomotive 30856 Lord St. Vincent, at 7am, bound for Southampton Old Docks, Medway Queen’s passengers arrived at berth 47, opposite the famous Ocean Terminal building, at 8.36am with the vessel timed to depart at 8.55am;
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You can read the full story of the day in “The Medway Queen”, available on line or from the Medway Queen Visitor Centre. The account was adapted from "Southern Way 15" (July 2011) and depended on information supplied by Bob Ratcliffe who was on the “Medway Queen” train, Brian Goodhew who was working on the ship on that day and Cmdr Alistair Wilson RN Retd who was a Midshipman commanding an Admiral’s barge at the event.