May 2014:
Paddle Steamer Medway Queen Then and Now

May 2014:
Paddle Steamer Medway Queen Then and Now

The Medway Queen Preservation Society held open days for their members and for the general public on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April at their base in Gillingham, Kent. Here are a few “then and now” pictures taken over that weekend and during the Medway Queen’s distinguished career.

The Gillingham workshop April 2014 with various bits and bobs including a newly made paddle box fan venting and the wheel for the bow rudder.
The steam steering engine in the workshop. This was sited at the forward end of the engine room with the brass wheel and attached rod on the top of it continuing upwards to the bridge. When the helmsman turned the ship’s wheel to port or to starboard the rod rotated with it starting the steering engine working one way or the other. This turned the cog and gearing, on the underside of the tray on which the engine sits, which hauled the steering chains connected to the rudder back aft.

The Medway Queen Preservation Society deserves enormous credit for having taken the project this far and for having achieved so much. But there is still some way to go and funding to be sourced before the job can be completed as this picture of an empty boiler room shows. I am sure that everyone wishes them all well for the next stage and onwards towards a successful conclusion to a job well done.