The 'Stone Frigate'

archive photo of a large building at the water's edge

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, showing the 'Nelson Block' used as dormitories to the right of the picture, c1949. Archive reference D/CON(A)8/6/4

After the loss of the last HMS Conway ship the school flourished as a shore establishment, the 'Stone Frigate' at Plas Newydd. In May 1964 the new school building was opened officially by HRH Prince Phillip.

The building cost £400,000 and held classrooms, galley, mess hall, divisional rooms, dormitories, staff accommodation and the Captains Quarters, together with a parade ground outside with the Mizzen Mast, and ship's figurehead at each end.

In 1968 due to financial difficulties the British Shipping Federation took responsibility for the nautical training and placements, while the Cheshire Education Authority assumed charge of the general education side. However its closure was precipitated by the decline of Britain's merchant fleet, and on 11 July 1974 the last 85 cadets laid up the colours in Liverpool Cathedral.