Last summer, Brewers Gillingham asked local Area Development Manager to visit a group of people working on a paddle steamer in Gillingham Docks. After the visit Shayne uncovered an incredible story told by the vessel.
The Medway Queen was built back in 1924 designed to act as a ferry along the south east coast. It was later requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 with the task of evacuating the children of Kent to East Anglia. The Medway Queen continued to serve during WW2, saving over 7000 soldiers during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940.
After falling into disrepair, the Medway Queen Preservation Society formed in 1985 with the goal to preserve the ship. In 2021, the Medway Queen was towed to the Royal Harbour in Ramsgate for major refurbishment before returning to Gillingham.
After hearing the ship’s incredible story,
Shayne was determined to help. £300 was donated along with some supplies to the
organisation to help towards the refurbishment. 2024 will see the Medway
Queen’s 100th birthday marking a century of history.