Sport and the Conway

archive photo of cadets running round a sports field

Sports Day c1937. HMS Conway cadets used six acres of playing fields, off Knowsley Road, Rock Ferry for sports activities. Conway House, a new sanatorium built in 1914 to care for sick cadets, can be seen in the background. Scanned photograph from 'Old Conway 1936-38', Philip B Johnson collection. Archive reference D/CON/18/2/6/12

Sport played a large part in cadet training, field and athletic sports, such as cricket and rugby, were played at the school's playing fields at Rock Ferry.

Maritime pursuits such as gig boat and cutter racing also played a big part in their training. Conway cadets competed annually with the cadets from another training ship, Worcester, for the Barnes Trophy from 1928.

The photograph below shows cadets in a gig race on the Mersey. These usually took place from Bromborough Lock gates to the ship, a distance of one and a quarter miles; or from Cammell Lairds to the ship, a distance of one mile.

archive photo of a long narrow boat being rowed in foreground with large ship in background

Gig crew rowing astern of HMS Conway, c1936.
Scanned photograph from 'Old Conway 1936-38',
Philip B Johnson collection. Archive reference D/CON/18/2/6/15