As a result of a contact made thorough the Steam Boat Association of Great Britain in 2017, artist Mick Dean has generously donated two oil paintings to raise funds for Medway Queen.
The paintings are both mounted in substantial aluminium frames measuring around 46 inches across and both Mick and the Medway Queen Preservation Society are keen to raise as much cash as possible towards the next stage of Medway Queen’s restoration to working order. The two paintings show the ship in Bristol when she was being rebuilt in the project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and each will be accompanied by signed copies of the preservation society’s book; Medway Queen – Rebuilding the Hull, which describes the rebuild in Bristol in great detail with many photographs taken at all stages of the project.
One painting depicts a paddle wheel prior to dismantling and rebuilding. The paddle wheels were badly corroded and distorted and had to be rebuilt around the original hubs and shafts in the workshops at the Albion Dockyard. An atmospheric image that captures the dirt and corrosion accumulated over many years. The other shows an early stage of the hull assembly in the Albion Dry Dock. An optimistic note from that stage of the hull rebuild. The structure of the ship is evident with keel and ribs clearly visible, hull plating is in progress mid-ships and an “iron hand” rivetting machine can be seen at work just forward of the engine room.
These paintings are unique reminders of the rebuild of a famous old ship and an opportunity to make a contribution towards her restoration. The Medway Queen Preservation Society are very grateful to Mick for this generous gesture, to the Steam Boat Association for making the contact and to Bristol Auction Rooms for making their facilities available.