Regular visitors to FebEx will be used to seeing the Medway Queen stand in the gymnasium, and having their wallets lightened there (I hope). This year we’re there in spirit and we would like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with our progress. The volunteers at Gillingham Pier have done a fantastic job on the aft saloon, as you can see from the photograph. Despite being locked down twice they have made great strides assisted by other projects covered by contractors and we hope that we can make the ship available for event hire as soon as the Covid situation allows.
Visitor numbers and ship tours also suffered throughout the summer and, again, since. We moved as much activity onto the website as possible with a Virtual Tour, an “exhibitions of Curious Objects” from our history and a “Dunkirk Diary”. The latter two ran as Facebook blogs at first and were then converted to web pages. Dunkirk commemorative merchandise has also moved on line in place of table sales. This activity on the web earned Medway Queen the title of “South East Regional Flagship 2020” from National Historic Ships UK.
By happy coincidence this year we do have a couple of new sales lines that we hope will tempt you!
The “Dunkirk” wagons sold very quickly last year and are now sold out. A new General Steam Navigation “Conflat” will be available for 00 from February 2021.
The latest Medway Queen publication packed with first hand stories of the ship’s escapades at Dunkirk.
More information on the Medway Queen and the work of the preservation society can be found on their website Medway Queen Preservation Society