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Medway Queen
The PS Medway Queen
PS Medway Queen
is a paddle driven steamship, the only mobile estuary paddle steamer left in the United Kingdom. She was one of the "little ships of Dunkirk",[2] making a record 7 trips and rescuing 7000 men in the evacuation of Dunkirk. She was the subject of a £1.8 million National Lottery Heritage Memorial Fund grant to restore her hull. By 2014, her hull had been reconstructed and she is sitting at Gillingham Pier on the River Medway.Contents1 History1.1 World War II 1.2 Return to service 1.3 Use as nightclub 1.4 Preservation2 Official number and code letters 3 Timeline 4 References 5 External linksHistory[edit] PS Medway Queen
PS Medway Queen
was built at the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company in Troon, Scotland, in 1924 for service on the River Medway
River Medway
and in the Thames Estuary
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United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe
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East Anglia
East Anglia
East Anglia
is a geographical area in the East of England. The area included has varied[1] but the legally defined NUTS 2 statistical unit comprises the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk
Suffolk
and Cambridgeshire, including the City of Peterborough
Peterborough
unitary authority.[2] The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of the East Angles, a tribe that originated in Angeln, northern Germany.Contents1 Area 2 History 3 Geography3.1 Climate4 Transport 5 Universities 6 Enterprise zones 7 Symbols and culture 8 Tourism 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External linksArea[edit] Definitions of what constitutes East Anglia
East Anglia
vary
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Coronation
A coronation is the act of placement or bestowal of a crown upon a monarch's head. The term generally also refers not only to the physical crowning but to the whole ceremony wherein the act of crowning occurs, along with the presentation of other items of regalia, marking the formal investiture of a monarch with regal power. Aside from the crowning, a coronation ceremony may comprise many other rituals such as the taking of special vows by the monarch, the investing and presentation of regalia to the monarch, and acts of homage by the new ruler's subjects and the performance of other ritual deeds of special significance to the particular nation. Western-style coronations have often included anointing the monarch with holy oil, or chrism as it is often called; the anointing ritual's religious significance follows examples found in the Bible
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Fleet Review (Commonwealth Realms)
A fleet review is a traditional gathering of ships from a particular navy to be observed by the reigning monarch or his or her representative, a practice allegedly dating back to the 15th century. Such an event is not held at regular intervals and originally only occurred when the fleet was mobilised for war or for a show of strength to discourage potential enemies
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George VI Of The United Kingdom
George VI
George VI
(Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom
King of the United Kingdom
and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth
British Commonwealth
from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India
Emperor of India
and the first Head of the Commonwealth. Known publicly as Albert until his accession, and "Bertie" among his family and close friends, George VI
George VI
was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria, and was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince Consort. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward
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Spithead
Coordinates: 50°45′05″N 1°08′12″W / 50.75140°N 1.13667°W / 50.75140; -1.13667This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (February 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)Map showing the location of Spithead
Spithead
within the United Kingdom.Closeup map of Spithead Spithead
Spithead
is the oriental area of the Solent
Solent
and a roadstead off Gilkicker Point, between Hampshire
Hampshire
and West Sussex
West Sussex
in England. It is protected from all winds, except those from the southeast
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Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company
Wallsend
Wallsend
Slipway & Engineering
Engineering
Company Ltd was formerly an independent company, located on the River Tyne at Point Pleasant, near Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, around a mile downstream from the Swan Hunter shipyard, with which it later merged.Contents1 History 2 References 3 Further reading 4 External linksHistory[edit]Share of the Wallsend
Wallsend
Slipway & Engineering
Engineering
Company Ltd from the 17. June 1901The Company was formed by Charles Mitchell, a shipbuilder, in November 1871 as The Wallsend
Wallsend
Slipway Co
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Royal Navy
The Royal Navy
Navy
(RN) is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force. Although warships were used by the English kings from the early medieval period, the first major maritime engagements were fought in the Hundred Years War
Hundred Years War
against the Kingdom of France. The modern Royal Navy
Navy
traces its origins to the early 16th century; the oldest of the UK's armed services, it is known as the Senior Service. From the middle decades of the 17th century, and through the 18th century, the Royal Navy
Navy
vied with the Dutch Navy
Navy
and later with the French Navy
Navy
for maritime supremacy. From the mid 18th century, it was the world's most powerful navy until surpassed by the United States Navy
Navy
during the Second World War
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Minesweeper (ship)
A minesweeper is a small naval warship designed to engage in minesweeping. Using various mechanisms intended to counter the threat posed by naval mines, waterways are maintained clear for safe shipping.[1]Contents1 History 2 Operation and requirements 3 Notable minesweepers 4 See also 5 Further reading 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Although naval warfare has a long history, the earliest known usage of the naval mine dates to the Ming dynasty.[2] Dedicated minesweepers, however, only appear in the historical record several centuries later, to the Crimean War, where they were deployed by the British. In the Crimean War, minesweepers consisted of British rowboats trailing grapnels to snag the mines
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World War II
Allied victoryCollapse of Nazi Germany Fall of Japanese and Italian Empires Dissolution of the League of Nations Creation of the United Nations Emergence of the United States
United States
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
as superpowers Beginning of the Cold War
Cold War
(more...)ParticipantsAllied Powers Axis PowersCommanders and leadersMain Allied leaders Joseph Stalin Franklin D
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English Channel
The English Channel
English Channel
(French: la Manche, "The Sleeve"; German: Ärmelkanal, "Sleeve Channel"; Breton: Mor Breizh, "Sea of Brittany"; Cornish: Mor Bretannek, "British Sea"), also called simply the Channel, is the body of water that separates southern England
England
from northern France, and links the southern part of the North Sea
North Sea
to the Atlantic Ocean
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Gravesend
Gravesend
Gravesend
/ˌɡreɪvzˈɛnd/ is an ancient town in northwest Kent, England, situated 21 miles (35 km) east-southeast of Charing Cross (central London) on the south bank of the Thames Estuary
Thames Estuary
and opposite Tilbury
Tilbury
in Essex. Located in the diocese of Rochester, it is the administrative centre of the Borough of Gravesham. Its geographical situation has given Gravesend
Gravesend
strategic importance throughout the maritime and communications history of South East England
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Operation Dynamo
Allied successEvacuation of 338,226 soldiersBelligerents United Kingdom British India[1] France French Senegal[2] Morocco Belgium[3] Canada[4] Netherlands[5] Poland[3] GermanyCommanders and leaders Lord Gort Bertram Ramsay Harold Alexander William Tennant J. M
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Southend Pier
Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°43′03″E / 51.525731°N 0.717461°E / 51.525731; 0.717461Southend PierSouthend pier in 2007Type Pleasure, RNLI
RNLI
lifeboat stationCarries Pedestrians, shuttle train, lifeboat crews/suppliesSpans Thames EstuaryLocale Essex, UKMaintained by Southend CouncilDesign James BrunleesConstruction Hardwood decking on iron pilesOwner Southend CouncilTotal length 2,158 metres (7,080 ft)Opening date 1830 (Iron pier, 1889)Coordinates TQ884849 (shoreside) TQ897830 (pier head)SouthendSouthend Pier
Pier
is a major landmark in Southend-on-Sea
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British Army
The British Army
Army
is the principal land warfare force of the United Kingdom, a part of British Armed Forces. As of 2017, the British Army comprises just over 80,000 trained regular (full-time) personnel and just over 26,500 trained reserve (part-time) personnel.[4] Since April 2013, Ministry of Defence publications have not reported the entire strength of the Regular Reserve; instead, only Regular Reserves serving under the fixed-term reserve contracts have been counted.[5] The modern British Army
Army
traces back to 1707, with an antecedent in the English Army
Army
that was created during the Restoration in 1660
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