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Friday, January 24, 2020
Medway Queen

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.

The pictures will obviously appeal to enthusiasts, to those who were able to visit the dry dock while Medway Queen was being rebuilt and to anyone with a connection to or interest in ships or ship building. Bristol Auction Rooms will be selling Mick’s paintings and the auction will now take place in Bristol on 26th April 2018. Details of the lots will be posted on the auction rooms’ website (www.bristolauctionrooms.co.uk) shortly beforehand. Fitting out Medway Queen will cost almost as much as the hull rebuild so please dig deep and support the cause while acquiring a unique souvenir of this milestone in ship restoration. If you cannot attend in person the auction rooms will accept telephone, commission and online bids as well. Contact them for details at The Old Brewery, Baynton Road, Ashton, Bristol BS3 2EB. Phone 0117 953 1603 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - March 2018 Issue
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