Buy a soldier now and help save the Medway Queen

The Medway Queen’s brave contribution to the Dunkirk evacuation saved an estimated 7000 souls in seven trips, an amount only eclipsed by the Navy’s own Destroyers. The 7000 model soldiers in the display aboard the Medway Queen represent each one of the men she saved.

A small donation will remove one of the figures on this display and will  help us restore this wonderful ship to her original condition.

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Rescue a soldier

The money raised for every soldier you save will go towards restoring the Medway Queen.

Step 1: Select how many soldiers you want to save

Step 2: Add to ship

Step 3: Press donate to complete your rescue!

Price per soldier: £2.50

1046 soldiers still need saving.

Donate now to help save the Medway Queen.

About the Medway Queen

Commissioned by the New Medway Steam Packet Company Ltd in 1923 and built by the Ailsa Ship Building Company of Troon on the Clyde river, the PS Medway Queen started life as a  pleasure craft. In 1940 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a minesweeper and armed with a 12-pounder gun on the foredeck and a machine gun in each paddle box and in November 1939 became HMS Medway Queen. She shortly joined the 10th Minesweeping Flotilla based in Dover. The 10th Flotilla played a key part in ‘Operation Dynamo’ in May-June of the same year evacuating  the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied soldiers from Dunkirk. She was estimated to have evacuated 7,000 men while shooting down three Axis aircraft. For more information about the history of this remarkable ship visit the official Medway Queen Site.

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The Medway Queen at Ramsgate was a huge success!

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk the Medway Queen was berthed in Ramsgate alongside the biggest gathering of Dunkirk Little Ships in many years.

Hundreds of people visited her during her stay and collectively 3594 model soldiers were ‘rescued’ from the exhibition! A big thank you to all of those who contributed to this amazing total!

For those of you who missed us, you can still come and see the exhibition at the Medway Queen’s permanent berth in Gillingham Pier. For more details and to check opening times click here. Remember to bring along your emailed confirmation slip to collect your soldier!

Initially saved from ruin by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Medway Queen Preservation Society has since raised enough funding to completely rebuild the riveted hull and to bring her back into the condition you see today. There is still a long way to go however and the society are always looking for help and funding support. To become a restoration volunteer, to make a donation or simply to find out more about this remarkable ship visit us at Gillingham Pier, Kent or go to:

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Evacuation of Dunkirk, Ramsgate Harbour saw the biggest gathering of the Dunkirk Little Ships for many years. There were numerous events to mark this historic event including formal inspections of the Little Ships, a fly past by a Hurricane and Spitfire, exhibitions, tea dances, bands a funfair and of course the Medway Queen.

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