The tug “Christine”, operated by A. J. and A. Pratt of Rainham, has been contracted to tow “Medway Queen” back to Gillingham and is now on her way to Bristol. When she arrives and all necessary surveys are complete and certificates issued Medway Queen will be towed out of the dry dock, manoeuvred through the locks and onto the river Avon. This and subsequent phases of the operation will be entirely dependent on both weather and tides. These factors are beyond anyone’s control although the tides at least are predictable. You can follow the Christine’s progress back to Gillingham on www.marinetraffic.com/ais. They are expected to take an inshore route along the South Coast and for those who don’t already know, search for the “Christine” (UK registered tug), not for “Medway Queen”.
http://www.vesselfinder.com/?p=1765 also shows Christine if marinetraffic does not!
The date and time of arrival in Gillingham are dependent on operational requirements and will only be predictable by following the tug’s progress; it is expected to take an inshore route along the South Coast. Our estimate is around 5 days after leaving Bristol given good weather. Medway Queen’s arrival at Gillingham Pier will be a major event for the area and we are planning this in three stages:
- Arrival on the Medway in charge of the tug “Christine” and mooring up in the river to await a suitable tide.
- Berthing at Gillingham Pier and, finally,
- A celebration event for members and guests shortly after “Medway Queen” has been settled into her home.