Medway Queen returns to Kent

A paddle steamer which rescued more soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk than any other during the Second World War has returned to Kent.

Homecoming Queen

A paddle steamer which rescued thousands of soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in World War Two has returned home to Kent. The Medway Queen was built in the 1920s but rotted away until it was bought by the Medway Queen Preservation Society.

It has spent five years having a new hull fitted in Bristol. Volunteers say as much as £2 million is needed to finish the restoration.

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Medway Queen returning to Kent after renovation

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The Medway Queen rescued soldiers from Dunkirk Credit: Meridian

A paddle steamer which rescued more soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk than any other during the Second World War will start its journey back to Kent this week. The Medway Queen has undergone a major makeover in Bristol. She is due to leave the West Country tomorrow or Wednesday.