HMS Conway 1859-1974.

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HMS Conway 1859-1974.

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Written by Alfie Windsor, with the foreword by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. This book is a comprehensive review of Conway's history, operation, organisation, and daily life, in the context of the shipping industry’s evolving needs. Illustrated with over 260 pictures, it describes events from opening day in 1859 to closure in 1974.

The book covers many years of Operation of the Conway, including life afloat on the River Mersey, how the wooden-walled man of war narrowly avoided being sunk by Luftwaffe bombs during the Merseyside blitz and the idyllic years on the Menai Strait at Bangor and Plas Newyyd. The terrible loss of the Ship in 1953, a national controversy, is comprehensively and authoritatively explained for the first time. The years ashore and events leading up to closure complete this extensive chronology. Old Conways' fascinating reminiscences of people, places and daily routine bring these events to life. This book will be of interest to "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters", to maritime researchers and historians and anyone with an interest in the sea, but especially to Old Conways, their families and friends.

Chapter 1 Introduction                                                                                             

Chapter 2   1857-–59 The Founding                                                          

Chapter 3   1859-–60 Captain C Powell                                                     

Chapter 4   1860–-62 Captain A Royer RN                                                

Chapter 5   1862-–71 Captain R Mowll RN                                                

Chapter 6   1871-–81 Captain E Franklin RN                                             

Chapter 7   A Tour of the Ship                                                                 

Chapter 8   1881-–1903 Lt A T Millar RN FRGS FRAS                              

Chapter 9   1903-–27 Captain H Broadbent RNR                                       

Chapter 10 1927-–34 Commander F Richardson DSC RN                          

Chapter 11 1934 Commander M Douglas RD RNR                                   

Chapter 12 1934 Captain T Goddard RD RNR                                          

Chapter 13 1939-–41 The Merseyside Blitz                                               

Chapter 14 1941 From Mersey to Menai                                                  

Chapter 15 1941 Bangor, A New Beginning                                               

Chapter 16 1941-–49 Bangor, Daily Routine                                               

Chapter 17 1941–-49 The Bangor Years                                                   

Chapter 18 1945-–48 A Time For Difficult Decisions                                   

Chapter 19 1949 Through the Swellies                                                     

Chapter 20 1949 A Tour of the Shore Base                                              

Chapter 21 1949-50 Opening The Shore Base and Change of Command

Chapter 22 1949-53 Ship and Shore                                                        

Chapter 23 1953 The Loss of the Ship                                                     

Chapter 24 Two Bridges Too Far                                                            

Chapter 25 1953 Recovery                                                                     

Chapter 26 1953 Under Canvas                                                               

Chapter 27 1953-63 The End of the Ship                                                   

Chapter 28 1953 A Tour of the Camp                                                       

Chapter 29 1954–-63 Camp Daily Routine                                                

Chapter 30 1954-–63 Camp Years                                                           

Chapter 31 1964 Another Rebirth                                                            

Chapter 32 1964 A Tour of the Stone Frigate                                            

Chapter 33 1964-–68 Stone Frigate Daily Routine                                      

Chapter 34 1964-–68 Stone Frigate Years                                                

Chapter 35 1965-–69 New Hands on the Tiller                                           

Chapter 36 1970-–73 The Final Years                                                       

Chapter 37 A Sea Change                                                                      

Chapter 38 1972-–73 The Fight Against Closure                                        

Chapter 39 1974 The Last Hurrah                                                            

Chapter 40 Thursday 11th July 1974 : Paying Off Day                               

Chapter 41 1982 Old Conways and The Falklands Campaign                    

Chapter 42 A Proud Tradition Continues                                                  


A Glossary                                                                               

B Ship's Log HMS Conway                                                        

C Ship's Log HMS Winchester                                                   

D Ship's Log HMS Nile                                                              

E Gold Medal Winners                                                              

F Numbers of Cadets                                                                

G Tops and Terms                                                                    

H A Career At Sea                                                                    

I Loss of the Ship – Supporting Papers                                       

J Captain Superintendents and Headmaster

Title: HMS Conway 1859-1974.
Subtitle: 1859 - 1974
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 447
Product Code: 4373
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-905331-31-4 (9781905331314), ISBN 10: 1-905331-31-2 (1905331312)
Published Date: January 2008
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 240 mm
Book Width: 190 mm
Book Spine: 30 mm
Weight: 1.50 kg
Author: Alfie Windsor

Customer Reviews

HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by J. Fairweather (39-41)
"It is obvious that you have done a wonderful job. I naturally turned to the bit with which I had some particular concern, the move to Bangor, and in the process came on the photo on page 108, only to realise that the cadet who is second from the right was me!" (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by G. Haskins (40-43)
"Sincere congratulations on a most professional job." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by B. Wilson (46-48)
"I am pleased to say that my copy of HMS Conway has arrived, congratulations on what must have been a mammoth task. Well done." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by DG. Williams (49-51)
"I'd like to add my thanks to Alfie for his splendid book. Now I see how good it is I've ordered a second copy. Well done Alfie." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by K. Spawforth (52-53)
"A great book, lots of illuminating reading, which will take many hours of enjoyable study to full absorb." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by B. Wilson(46-48)
"I am pleased to say that my copy of HMS Conway has arrived, congratulations on what must have been a mammoth task. Well done." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by S. Cammack (51-53)
"Wonderful job! I'm glad some of my stuff was of use." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by G Spearing (59-61)
"A comprehensive and readable account, thanks for an excellent memento that'll take front line on the book shelf." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by I. Mcrae (61-63)
"I was stunned by the weight of it! It's a big book, chock full of interesting stuff and superb photographs, as well as a glossary of Conway lingo at the
back which had me laughing out loud several times. The Loss of the Ship was a heartbreaking read, even for me who was never on the Old Ship. Thank you Alfie. You have done a superb job. If any of you out there have not yet ordered a copy, don't hesitate any more. It's a superb publication which you won't regret shelling out for." (Posted on 01/10/2008)
HMS Conway 1859-1974 Review by T. Coates (61-63)
"It is without doubt a magnificent effort, and Alfie should be justifiably proud of his achievement. The attention to detail is fantastic, I cannot begin to imagine how many
hours must have gone into collating and making sense of all the information." (Posted on 01/10/2008)

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