Within a few years it was found that the new wood had not been properly treated and that the mast needed significant repair. For safety reasons it was dismantled by its new owners Wirral  Borough Council while they decided what to do.  They decided it was an important landmark and an appropriate memorial for the site and that they would fund its replacement. For safety and longevity they decided to build a largely metal replica although the togallant and gaff are original. The rebuild was completed and the mast re-dedicated in 2008. The new replica Conway memorial mast is shown below in 2010. The photos at the foot of this page show the large stone block at its base carved with the Conway Club crest, and the engraved brass plate fixed to the mast. Its construction created some compromises, for example, the ‘top’ is too small and a prominent ‘box’ is required beneath it to support the upper mast. Naturally the rigging is appropriate for its construction and position and is not intended to replicate the original. These seem a small price to pay for a proud and permanent memorial with a prominent place in the Merseyside skyline. It is clearly visible from the Liverpool Landing Stage for example.


There are two YouTube videos of the mast click here

When Conway paid off in 1974 the mizzen mast was taken down and stored. The Friends were determined to find a new home for it and a suitable site was eventually found at Twelve Quays, Egerton Dock, Birkenhead. While preparing it for installation it was found to be in poor condition. Members of the Conway Club in Vancouver organised replacement spars and new wood for blending into sound sections of the original and these were shipped to the UK. After much hard work, the addition of an extra mast and yard and some unavoidable alterations to the fit and rigging, the mast was re-erected on 25th September 1993 and dedicated to the memory of the approximately 11,000 Conway cadets, especially those who lost their lives at sea. The photo on the right was taken in 2007. Note the rigging specifically prevents anyone climbing it.