HMS Conway Exhibition at Menai Heritage

Painting of the HMS Conway, by Alastair Laing
Painting of the HMS Conway, by Alastair Laing

Menai Heritage is commemorating the 65th anniversary of the grounding of the HMS Conway in the Menai Strait with an exhibition in the Bridges Exhibition.

The HMS Conway was a training ship, used to teach thousands of cadets how to man a large ship. In 1941 she was moved from Birkenhead to the Menai Strait, where she was moored first near Bangor, then at Plas Newydd. On 14 April 1953 she was to be moved to Birkenhead for a refit. Tugs were employed to move her up the Strait, under the bridges. However, the tugs lost control and she was grounded near the Menai Suspension Bridge. There she remained until 1956, when a fire burned her to water level.

To commemorate this famous ship, Menai Heritage has set up a special exhibition. This includes photos of the ship and of some of the cadets who manned her. There are also a number of artefacts from the ship, many loaned from the Friends of the HMS Conway.

The exhibition will be on display until the end of June, and can be viewed by visiting the Menai Heritage Bridges Exhibition at the Thomas Telford Centre, Menai Bridge (across from Waitrose) during their normal opening hours, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm. Entrance fee £3; children under 16 free.

There will also be a special lecture about the HMS Conway on 2 June. Click here for more information

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