Posted in Shipyard Blog
A lot has happened this August, the ship is coming along nicely, and is continually making better progress.
At Bristol, the engine room has been shot blasted and painted, and the main Cylinder block, the Condenser, the Edwards air pump, the Hotwell tank and all A frames and connecting rods that connect to Cylinder block to the A frames where the slide valves are located. The smaller machinery and small tanks have already been installed prior to the shot blasting of the Engine Room.
There was a little flurry of activity on Twitter earlier from the Medway Queen Preservation Society’s feed. They’re getting excited because the restoration is steaming along nicely. I think they’re hoping to get the restored hull back from the dry dock in Bristol very soon, so that refitting can be undertaken at the Gillingham Dock base.
I hope I will be able to get out and see the Queen come back to her home port. The story of her salvage and restoration has been long, sometimes painful, but uplifting at the same time.
Visit the Medway Queen Preservation Society web site for updates on the paddle steamer’s progress.