Barry was the owner of P22 prior to her becoming a Charitable Trust. Having recognised the historical importance of the P22 and appreciating the need to preserve it in its fully operational state, he purchased the vessel in 2014. At that time they were starting to film the epic movie, Dunkirk so Barry phoned the producers who initially declined his suggestion that it could be used in the film. Barry was convinced that if they saw the vessel they’d want to use it so, along with a few volunteers he steamed across the Channel to Dunkirk where his hunch was confirmed and the vessel was chartered during 5 weeks of filming. She appears 5 times in the film and provided a valuable service transferring personnel and equipment between locations.
Following that success, Barry started to promote the vessel through participating in local events in Ramsgate and Sandwich and, following the decision to establish a permanent base in Sandwich, liaised closely with the Mayor of Sandwich, Paul Graeme in establishing the P22 Trust. Now that the Trust is established, Barry is the key volunteer, managing the maintenance program and arranging participation in events. Barry also skippers P22 when taking non paying guests for cruises to Pegwell Bay
John is a Master Mariner / Pilot who retired in September 2017 after serving 28 years as a London pilot. Since becoming a volunteer, John has now obtained a Boatmaster’s licence for the river Stour which is required for the P22 (which has a licence for 12 passengers) to take paying passengers on charter trips down the river Stour to the mouth of the Estuary in Pegwell Bay. When the boat isn’t on a charter John helps out showing visitors around the boat.
“Tiff” has been an enthusiastic volunteer with the P22 for over 2 years.Although she’s recently completed a catering course at college, since becoming a P22 volunteer she’s been bitten by the boating bug and recently passed the RYA Day Skipper qualification. Spurred on by this success Tiff’s now also training up for her Boatmaster’s licence on the River Stour to become joint Master with John.
Simon organises the 40’s weekend events held every May on the Quay. He also heads up a group of volunteer reanactors based on the “Hooligan Navy” which was the nickname for the US Coastguards during WW2. Simon’s group come to volunteer once per month and their uniforms and accessories are very popular with the public.
Carl is one of Simon’s reenactors and, along with his wife, Denise, is a valued volunteer.
Tiffany’s mum and superwoman (mother of 8!) Mandy is another enthusiastic volunteer whose bubbly personality has made her a popular edition to the P22 “experience.
Retired local resident Ted is a stalwart volunteer who helps out every weekend