About The HMS Conway Trust

The HMS Conway Merchant Navy Cadet School was founded on the Mersey in 1859. It moved to the Menai Straits in N Wales in 1940. It aimed to prepare young men for careers as Officers in the British Merchant Navy.  Many thousands of young men were trained and educated there, and then qualified as Merchant Navy Officers.  Many of them went into other walks of life – maritime and non maritime.

The school closed in 1974 because of changes in the secondary and further education systems and changes in Merchant Navy Training.  Now the Conway Merchant Navy Trust, its successor, maintains the same objectives and offers sponsorship to a limited number of young men and women each year wishing to become Deck or Engineer Officers. The Trust is a Registered Charity and is run with the co-operation of the UK Chamber of Shipping.  The Trust is governed by a board of Trustees some of whom are themselves ‘Old Conways’, whilst others are drawn from all parts of the Shipping industry. Most have served at sea in the Merchant or Royal Navies.


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The Chamber of Shipping of the UK

Represents British Shipping Companies. Contains further useful information on careers at sea. Supports the Conway MN Trust.

The Merchant Navy Training Board

In co-operation with the industry sets and maintains training standards.

Careers at Sea

The Central site for Careers at Sea information – run by the MNTB (above).

The Marine Society

The world’s oldest seafarer’s charity: a range of services dedicated to enhancing the well being of professional seafarers from all the sea services – whether they be serving, former or prospective seafarers.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology

The IMarEST is the international professional membership body and learned society for marine professionals, with over 14,000 members worldwide involved in all aspects of Marine engineering, science and technology.

The Nautical Institute

The professional institute for Merchant Navy (and Royal Navy) Navigating (Deck) Officers. Also contains links to other maritime web sites at home and abroad.

Liverpool John Moore’s University

The city has always been a major seaport and centre of maritime training.

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners

City Livery Company for Master Mariners based on the Thames. Many Old Conways are members and now some Conway trainees are Junior members.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO)

The London based branch of the UN which is responsible for all international matters relating to safety at sea, including the qualifications of seafarers.

HMS Conway Web Site

An interesting site covering the history of the HMS Conway Cadet School. Acts as a focal point on the internet for the many ‘old Conway’s around the world.

Did You Know...?
  • Captain Ron Warwick, himself an ‘old Conway’, was Commodore of Cunard Line and Master of both the QE2 and the QM2. He is one of the many high flyers who started their careers with Conway.

    “The start in my career that Conway gave me was invaluable; as I guided the Queen Mary 2 into New York for the first time I couldn’t help but think how fortunate I had been.”

    You can see a picture of Captain Warwick in our Gallery in the About Us section.