Chatham Historic Dockyard Festival of Steam - Easter 2011

For the first time, the organizers included TID 164 in the official festival. We were allowed an area to display information boards and set up a fundraising stall.

The railway flatbed carriages which had been blocking the tug were moved away, giving visitors easy access to the dock wall.

The Friends had worked hard over the previous weekends to complete a repaint and generally tidy up. With all the bunting in place, we think she was one of the stars of the show.

Unfortunately, the port air vent to the engine room had tilted over a week previously, it was rusted through at the base and had to be removed, but that didn't detract from the overall look of the tug. Another project to be added to the list!

The display boards attracted a lot of interest, and there was a steady number of visitors who took a tour of the boat, especially the engine room. Six people expressing an interest in joining the Friends.

volunteers and their families manned the stall over the two days, and raised over £100 towards the restoration and repairs fund.

Photos by Mike Toms and Keith Hatt