Despite rather damp weather the day proved most interesting for His Royal Highness who was welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and our President, Admiral Lord West. Music for the day was provided by army musicians from Brompton Barracks, kindly arranged by Brigadier Matthew Bazeley. Prince Michael has an ongoing interest in historic ships and in Dunkirk and was introduced to the MQPS Trustees, the workshop and "Saturday Team" volunteers and numerous other guests. After a short video presentation by Pam Bathurst he toured the ship - as you can see from the pictures showing a real interest in what he was seeing. The day ended with a brief reception and a presentation of a souvenir folder containing the story of Medway Queen and the direction in which we would like the restoration project to develop. This was also given to all guests and participants present.
In terms of future fundraising we have 2 main priorities: In the medium term we hope to raise the funds to enable Medway Queen to attend the Dunkirk 80th Anniversary commemorations in Ramsgate next year. Prince Michael alluded to the event and Medway Queen’s participation when he visited. We will need around £20K to meet the anticipated towage and insurance costs.
Welcome to a National Grid - Grain LNG - Community Day on board PS Medway Queen.
The photos showing progress made are arriving here faster than I can get them on the website! Absolutely fantastic.
Thanks to a team of volunteers from the National Grid - Grain LNG Medway Queen has received a much needed "wash and brush up". The volunteer task force descended on the ship at 8:30 on Friday 24th May and carried out a wide variety of jobs for us.
The atmosphere was fantastic and supervised and supported by Mick Appleyard, Ron Vant & Judith Maguire, the volunteers were split into small working teams and did a fabulous job of:
The pictures above were all taken in the first couple of hours or so of the day's work!
If you are local come down on Saturday and see the difference for yourself.
With very grateful thanks to all of the Community Team from National Grid at Grain LNG for their hard work, support and enthusiasm and to Judith Maguire for organising the work program and taking the photographs.
Continuing progress on board PS Medway Queen.
Work continues on board the ship in the aft saloon and elsewhere. The new deck-house (top left) for the aft companionway will be installed soon, The engine room is being given a tidy up (Top and bottom centre) and temporary decking laid to improve access. In the saloon work has started on the deck head (top right). Among all this activity,"Woody" has found time to make this beautiful coffee table (bottom left) from original deck timber off-cuts and to celebrate his 83rd birthday with some of the other volunteers (bottom right).
All pictures - Judith Maguire
"Happy Birthday Woody!"