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HMS CONWAY

An old photo of what is I think HMS CONWAY, the training ship which was moored off Conway or Conwy in North Wales.
She was originally HMS NILE (?) built in 1827 and had a sad demise in the mid 1950s when she was destroyed by fire.
I think she had some quite famous students if that's the right word..

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CAN ANYBODY CONFIRM THAT HMS CONWAY WAS ACTUALLY NAMED CONWAY IN 1856/7.
MY FAMILY CAME TO AUSTRALIA ON CONWAY DURING THIS PERIOD ARRIVING IN MELBOURNE.
I AM TRYING TO OBTAIN A DRAWING OR SKETCH OF THE CONWAY FOR MY FILE AND WOULD
REALLY APPRECIATE ANYBODY HAVING ANY KNOWLEDGE OF HER.
 

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Peter,

This ship pictured HMS Conway, is an ex RN ship and a training ship, so I would not think it to be the one you are looking for.

I think the ship you are looking for is the ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY 1839-1913 cargo / passenger ship Conway of 895 tons which was built in 1846, operated by Royal Mail and then sold in 1870.

someone on SN may know more.

Chris.
 

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Sure looks like HMS Conway, ex HMS Nile, one of the Rodney Class ships of the line.
Some of her famous alumni, from Wiki, also detailed at other places.
Captain Matthew Webb (at Conway 1860–1862), the first man to swim the English Channel from England to France
John Masefield (1891–94), Poet Laureate 1930–1967
Lionel "Buster" Crabb (1922–1924), the Royal Navy frogman who disappeared in mysterious cir***stances while on a diving mission near a Soviet warship in 1956
Vice Admiral Sir David Brown (1927-2005) [3]
Ian Fraser (1936-38), Awarded the Victoria Cross for commanding a midget submarine attack on the Japanese cruiser "Takao" in Singapore harbour.
Iain Duncan Smith (1968–1972), leader of the Conservative Party 2001–2003
Sir Clive Woodward (1969–1974), rugby union player and England coach
Lieutenant-Commander Francis Haffey Brooke-Smith (1934-36), awarded the George Cross for bomb disposal.
 

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Thanks for that. Remember Buster Crabbe of course. For me as a youngster at the time it was quite a story.
 

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