|HMS Conway 1859 - 1974
© Alfie Windsor 1998
The Conway Ensign may still be flown, there are strict rules however. The yacht must be registered in Great Britain either under Part 1 of the Merchant Shipping Act or under the Small Ships Register. It must be owned by an ex Conway cadet. You must belong to The Conway Club Cruising Association (Annual subscription £5; Joining fee £10). You must fly the Conway Ensign and Burgee together. Full rules and Burgees are available from the Hon. Sec. Ensigns are available from the Ensign Flag Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
Conway Merchant Navy Trust
The Conway Merchant Navy Trust maintains the same objectives as the Conway and offers full sponsorship to a limited number of young men and women each year who become 'Conway Cadets' to train as Deck or Engineer Officers. The Trust is a registered charity and is run with the co-operation of the Chamber of Shipping of the UK. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees some of whom are Conways whilst others are drawn from the shipping industry.
It also provides support to poor and distressed Conways. Applications are welcomed from the progeny of Conways. Details can be found on the appropriate page of this site.
The following also perpetuate the proud traditions of HMS Conway even though the ship is no longer with us:
Australian Maritime College
The Conway Club of Australia awards an annual Conway prize to the student who gains highest marks in Year 4 Ship Operations in the Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical Science) course. The award includes a letter explaining what Conway was. http://www.amc.edu.au/
The old inter-watch gig racing cup is now held by St Helena Shipping. It is on permanent display in he passenger area of one of their mail ships which also carries cadets in two berth cabins named Conway and Worcester (see Summer 1991 Newsletter). The cup is awarded annually to the cadet who produces the best kept log or project through their training period aboard one of their mail ships.Battle Of The Atlantic Memorial Service, Liverpool Cathedral
A Conway Ensign hangs behind the High Altar. Many Conways are always represented at this annual commemorative service.
Canadian Coast Guard College
by Laurie Farrington (February 1998)
Cape Royds, Antarctica
Named after Vice Admiral Sir C. W. R. Royds (90-92) who was Scott"s First Officer on the RMS Discovery during his first Antarctic Expdition. This is also the location of Shakleton"s hut.
Conway Centre: Cheshire County Council (UK)
This has been created in Birkenhead Priory http://www.vwlowen.demon.co.uk/wirral/priory.htm an old 12th century building by the River Mersey near where the Conway ships were moored from 1859 to 1941.
Conway House, Kelly School (not to be confused with the one by Rock Ferry)
The Kelly College at Tavistock, Devon, UK was founded in 1877 by Admiral B M Kelly. Conway House opened in 1977 was funded by the Conway Club as a result of their Centenary Appeal. The Conway Club also has a bursary at the school open to the progeny of OCs. Details can be obtained from the Hon Sec of the Club. There is a small exhibition of Conway memorabilia including a sword, the brass name plate HMS Conway from the starboard gangway and other memorabilia. The house pupils have recently taken to singing the Conway Song (this news has met with mixed views from OCs. The general re-action though seems to be positive - at least the association with the Conway and the words of the song are surviving).
Awarded annually by the local Conway Club to the top cricket team of King George V School, Hong Kong.
Vancouver Maritime Museum has a Conway Bar with a plaque listing all Canadian OCs. A painting of the ship is on permanent exhibition in the museum.
Close by Manchester Airport is a large housing estate with road names taken from North Wales towns. The local pub is called 'The Conway' and has a sailing ship on it's inn sign so it is named for the ship not the town. This bears no resemblance to the real Conway, there is nothing inside the pub (1997) relating to the ship and the landlord had no idea what 'The Conway' was. However the name perpetuates the ship. Maybe we should sponsor an inn sign with the ship rather than some nondescript medieval vessel as currently depicted.
In 1838 HMS Conway visited the island of Fiji. Whilst there her crew charted and named the Conway Reef (21 44 S 174 38 E). It is today more often known by it"s Fijian name - Ceva-I-Ra
This is a section of Conway"s taffrail, heavily varnished and mounted on four pillars. The base has a silver plaque bearing the Conway crest. It was taken to Canada by Capt HV Todd (17-18) and eventually obtained by D MacKay (15/18) who turned it into the "Conway Trophy" . Presented annually to the Cadets of HMCS Venture, HMC Dockyard, Esquimalt BC. since 1955 to the most proficient Division in Seamanship, Signalling, and Boat Work but more recently with greater emphasis in sports. Some 300 cadets complete every year.
David Austin Memorial Trophy
Capt David John Austin (52-54) died during a cricket match in the Faulkland Islands in 2001. He was manager of the port at Stanley. A cricket match is to held in January of every year in his memory, with the Trophy as the prize.
Fargus Literary Scholarship, University Of Bristol
The city of Bristol founded this scholarship in memory of a famous Bristolian author Frederick John Fargus alias Hugh Conway (Conway 1861-62).
HMS Nelson, Portsmouth
The HMS Conway Coffee Shop @ Plas Newydd.
Ian Fraser Award
This is awarded (on merit, not annually) by the Conway Club, Vancouver to the Canadian Coast Guard Search & Rescue Unit that performs the most notable rescue with an emphasis on initiative, seamanship and courage.
John Masefield Society
The Masefield Society, The Frith, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1LW, UK. They hold a Masefield festival in the first week of June in Ledbury, his birth place.
Menai Straits One Design - MSOD - sailing dinghies
Many Conways of Stone Frigate vintage will remember the MSODs, the one-design boats many of us spent endless hours of "fun" in. Albert Gomperts has been investigating and has tracked down the secretary of the MSOD society: Mr Ray Beer, 8 Castle Street, Bangor (phone: 01248 810 094).
National Service For Seafarers, St Paul's Cathedral
OCs are always represented at this annual commemorative service.
Peter Russell Bursary
Awarded by the British Columbia Chamber Of Shipping. P Russell was a Conway Cadet 1939-1941. He joined Canadian Pacific Steamships on leaving Conway and dedicated 50 years service to a wide variety of BC maritime organisations.
OCs participate in many services and wreath layings, including a Conway wreath at the Conway Chapel, Birkenhead, the Merchant Navy Memorial in Trinity Square and Liverpool Cathederal.
St Stephen's Church, Bristol
Have a stained glass window commemorating the life of "Hugh Conway" the pen name for Frederick John Fargus (1861-2) a well-known Victorian author.
Liverpool Sea Cadets have a TS Conway corps.
Walbran Valley (and Walbran Creek)
Another area of British Columbia named after this OC. In 2001 the Valley became the subject of much controversy over logging and wilderness management.
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