A reminder of the early days of the MQPS from George Painter - thanks George!
Medway Queen was towed down river from St. Mary's Island to Damhead Creek on 7th of November 1987. A huge amount of preparation had been done to remove mud and make the hull watertight before- hand. The tow was made only after the ship had stayed afloat for 4 tides to ensure safety. At about 10.30 am Medway Queen set sail in charge of the tug Beult II and the Medway Ports Authority's vessel, Medway Otter.
Photo, left: MQ afloat and ready to leave - Noreen Chambers. Below: MQ's arrival at Damhead Creek - Iris Painter.