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    Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    http://www.medwayqueen.co.uk/index.php/news/webcams

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    At Albion Dockyard in Bristol, work is coming along nicely, the engine is now fitted into the engine room.

    http://www.medwayqueen.co.uk/index.p...ation-and-more



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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    The Crankshaft Going In!

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Absolutely fantastic..... pity Copes didnt share the same expertise as these guys! (those who know the Lincoln Castle demise will understand)

    So good to see a bright star in the otherwise black sky of ship preservation.

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    Getting there now



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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Blunt end firmly attached! Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    looking good now as the problem of her obtaining a passenger certificate been resolved yet
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    Under present regulations with the MCA, re riveted ships, little hope for a passenger certicate, but one can live in hope that this might change eventually.
    But first I am led to believe, we have to get their blessing to even move the new hull from Bristol homeward bound, in as much as its seaworthiness it seems.
    I say little more, I continually get myself in trouble with the society, over my blunt thinking lately, but logical at least
    I have spent 25 or more years of my life involved, mainly physically on site in that time on this project within the society, which I would have thought gave me the right to express my fears in a straight forward manner, or am I old fashion, spin is the in thing it seems maybe!.
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Medway Queen Re-Dedication ceremony will take place at Bristol, England on Saturday 27 July 2013. Dock will be open from 12.00noon to 5.00pm. All are welcome to attend. For further information 07907 853378
    E-mail ps.medwayqueen1924@yahoo.com



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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    It looks like they are finally preparing to flood the dock with the removal of the scaffolding planks from the dock, so there must be some expectation that she is sufficiently caulked. Guess they are keen to get her moved before winter really starts.

    I presume they have the green light from the MCA by now for the tow home?

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Looks like the sluice gate has been opened into the drydock. Does this mean we might see the new Medway Queen float today?

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    And I think she is afloat.

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Video flooding the dock



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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    The Tug Christine is on her way to Bristol to tow M.Q. to Gillingham



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    George, is it this tug Christine? http://www.vesselfinder.com/?mmsi=235051179 Currently stationary near Newlyn.
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen Originally Posted by SteveA Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen
    George, is it this tug Christine? http://www.vesselfinder.com/?mmsi=235051179 Currently stationary near Newlyn.
    Yes thats the one

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen Originally Posted by George Ted Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen
    Looks unlikely she'll move before next weekend given the weather conditions. Was onboard last week with the MCA and other interested parties to discuss the tow out. Bristol's last paddle steamer sailing!?

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    The Medway Queen is now being moved from Albion Dock to be moored on the other side of the river. http://www.medwayqueen.co.uk/index.p...-towingupdate2



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    Medway Queen relaunch - Bristol Albion Dock, Abels Shipyard




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    Wow ! Fantastic ! A chance to be a steamer dreamer ! No - this is reality !

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    'Christine' heading down the River Avon tomorrow with her much admired tow. No destination yet but clearly she will seek shelter given weather pattern . . . a decision will be made tomorrow taking into account all criteria.

    http://www.bristolport.co.uk/shippin...ecode=12013585

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    Looks just like all those iconic old photos of Campbell's paddle steamers ! Great !

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Few pictures of the move on my website.

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Medway Queen Leaves Bristol - 31.10.2013



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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Excellent footage. Thanks for posting, Ted

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Note that the MEDWAY QUEEN replica is accompanied by the TOWER BELLE which is actually older than the original MEDWAY QUEEN, having been built on the Tyne in 1920.

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    What an achievement will be great to see her in full steam
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    True - but going where, or more pertinently with who aboard !!!

    Maybe we will get one "sailing" for spectators !

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    as the problem of her obtaining a passenger certificate been resolved yet
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Not to my knowledge

    There is of course still a lot of fundraising to do to afford a boiler and general fitting out of the ship

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    I have seen no evidence that the MCA has been involved in the construction of the new MEDWAY QUEEN replica, so there is no reason to suggest that it will get a passenger certificate. The Preservation Society should be honest and explain exactly what the new ship will be able to do.

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    They may well apply for a Exemption PC from the MCA as both the “Waverley” and “Balmoral” would not meet the present Passenger Class PC specs for a new build.
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    The major problem for Medway Queen, and a wonderful sight she is too, is that she IS a new-build so no exemptions I would imagine, could be applied for.
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    I don't think that a passenger certificate for a commercial load was ever expected, but hoped for nevertheless ! There is still time for MCA to change their mind, but it seems nothing is changing. I don't think the owners are being dishonest exactly, but I can see how many who have not followed the project closely might assume that she is not far off bringing packed excursions back to the Thames and Medway !

    For the life of me I cannot see why some accommodation was not come to by HLF for something acceptable to MCA below the waterline

    Are there other design issues causing MCA issues which preclude a reasonable passenger capacity ? Surely HLF should not have been averse to important safety requirements if they were below the waterline or to all intents and purposes out of customer sight ? Or would such have been unacceptable outright to MCA based on the hull design ?

    Another right royal British, it seems ......................... but we await being pleasantly surprised .... !

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    If the new MEDWAY QUEEN had been built abroad, it would still have needed approval by the MCA in order to get a British passenger certificate. When a new ship is built, the MCA has to be involved during the construction so, if their surveyors have to travel abroad to the shipyard, there will be additional costs and delays.

    A Class VI ship is allowed to go 15 miles along the coast from the departure port. The Yorkshire vessels were allowed an exemption from 1995 to 2007 to sail beyond that limit. Historically, there was little demand for longer trips along the Yorkshire coast. When there were Class III ships based at Bridlington and Scarborough (until 1967), they very rarely made long trips because cruises of one or two hours were what attracted passengers and made money. A cruise in the YORKSHIRE BELLE around Flamborough Head is a wonderful coastal cruise. She was built in 1947, with all the varnished wood and polished brass of a traditional vessel, and has been running from Bridlington for 67 summer seasons. She gets much closer to the cliffs and nesting seabirds than a larger ship ever could, there is a commentary from someone with real local knowledge and the bar in the saloon has drinks at local prices.

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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    Yes, the Medway Queen rebuild is considered a new build by the MCA, with all the draw backs it implies, sadly.
    However, they do not seem to say what difference this would make to the finished build, as opposed to a repair€ to an original ship!
    I would say she was more €œsea worthy than a ship built many years ago, but there you go!
    The mind €boggles at times re these peoples findings for sure!
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    Re: Watch the reconstruction of the Medway Queen

    The MQPS/NMSC homepage only mentions the aim to bring her back to "working condition" although I guess they say that through gritted teeth, but deeper down in their website they mention "full operational use"

    Now it seems more justified in the role of providing skills (obsolete ones?) to the disadvantaged and is more a tool for coping with social exclusion than providing excursions. Would this have satisfied early MQPS supporters?

    So, is it all worth it ?

    Lovely ship, interesting (ish ?) museum ................. but in the end ???

    Just imagine what you could have got with all that money, time and effort

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