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December 2006: Model of Vigilant

Some days after the television coverage of the rescue, Martin Stevens was contacted by a company which had produced a model kit of Vigilant. To give an idea of the quality of this model the price of the kit is approximately £1650 before assembly.

It is nearly 5 feet long, minutely detailed, impressive and inspirational. The most important fact is that it was planned and produced before Vigilant was stripped of her artefacts. This means that the restoration of Vigilant will have to be done by reference to the model, interior photographs taken at the time, and the model assembly plans.

There are no other surviving drawings besides a General Arrangement Plan. The Medway Maritime Trust is grateful for the loan of the model which is helping to inspire would-be sponsors and volunteers.

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