The scaffolding is in place, hull cleaned and deck railings removed. At least one paddle box facia has been removed and work is underway cleaning the inside of the paddle sponson. One of many jobs that cannot be done at Gillingham Pier.
There is some evidence of the hull paint peeling, further proof that the work is essential.
The Medway Queen's "Saturday Team" have been in Ramsgate Harbour, on Saturdays of course, while the ship is there, and over the August Bank Holiday weekend, collecting donations towards the costs, recruiting new members and answering the public's many questions. Seen here on what they claim is a "rare" break! Once the ship is back in Gillingham they'll revert to their usual format of showing people around the vessel.