Real World: We re-opened the ship to visitors on Saturday 5th September and we plan to take part in the Heritage Open Days Festival with ship tours on 12th and 19th September, Tours are free of charge on HOD days but the collecting boxes will be there and the shop open for business. The details are all still subject to change and prospective visitors should check first on the MQPS website. Capacity in the Medway Queen Visitor Centre and on tours may be limited. Please use the sanitiser provided and wear your face covering.
Everything is in place to make the ship and site as Covid-safe as is possible. The gift shop has stocks of the new(ish) "Memories of Dunkirk" book, a new range of souvenirs and the 00 gauge railway wagons. A supply of the even newer N gauge models is on its way and should be there by Saturday. We have also reprinted Richard's original history book "The Medway Queen" again to ensure a continuing supply. Our Flagship 2020 pennant is proudly on display waiting a suitable opportunity for a ceremonial hoisting on board Medway Queen.
PS Medway Queen and her visitor centre will be open to visitors from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. last admissions 3pm to allow time for your ship tour. Don't forget - tickets are valid for one year so you can come back and check on our progress when you want to.
Boring announcements: PLEASE wear your face covering in the visitor centre and on board the ship. Hand sanitiser will be available, please make sure you use it.
Based on Dapol GPVs these N gauge models commemorate Medway Queen’s part in the Dunkirk Evacuation of 1940. In May-June 1940 HMS Medway Queen made seven round trips to Dunkirk rescuing thousands of British, French and Belgian troops. The Light Brigade only charged the guns once – HMS Medway Queen’s crew did it seven times! And The Light Brigade didn’t have to contend with Stuka dive bombers!
Risk assessments have been carried out and an operating procedure drawn up - this will be reviewed as our first days of opening take place. We have registered with Visit Britain's "Good to Go" scheme and be assured we are doing everything we can to mitigate any risks.
We will take part in the annual Heritage Open Days in September with both online and real world contributions.
Special arrangements are being put in place for the AGM in October. Members' attendance in person will not be possible this year due to social distancing requirements - full details in the Full Ahead newsletter.