Although the Club is primarily for social activities it has also played a key role in safeguarding archives and artefacts.
When the ship paid off in 1974 the Club, led by the then President, Captain David Smith RD RN (42-44), played a leading role in saving major artefacts. Foremost amongst these were:
- The figurehead now at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth.
- The wheel, bell and model which are the centrepiece of the Museum Of The RN at Portsmouth.
- A number of Conway’s silver cups and shields which are displayed in the Friends’ Conway Chapel at Birkenhead, click here for access details.
The Club was instrumental in arranging for the Merseyside Maritime Museum to hold, conserve and make available Conway’s document archive. A list of the documents they now hold is on the Relics & Artefacts page of the main Conway web site. Most important among these are the Cadet Registers recording the joining and leaving dates of every cadet, Cadet Records for each cadet recording his personal details and achievements under training, and many logbooks and punishment books.
The online The Cadets’ List provides the names and dates and links for individuals.