IN RELATION TO the comments made on p21 of the April 2019 edition of Sea Breezes, regarding North Wales Steamers.
Ken Lowe is quoted in saying that the ship in question is St Seiriol, due to the lifeboat configuration. He is correct. However, there are two other clues. The funnel of St Seiriol was smaller, while the bridge was in front of the foremast, but behind it on St Tudno. I sailed on both ships in their latter years. St Seiriol was smaller and more flexible in terms of where she could sail. Around Anglesey for example, when Ken would have seen the Conway wrecked in 1953, when Liverpool tugs, meant to be taking the training ship to the Mersey for refitting, misjudged the tides in the Menai Straits and could not prevent the ship going aground. They were underpowered by modern standards, of course. St Tudno, the larger ship, basically carried out the daily sail to Llandudno and Menai Bridge every day, except Fridays, when St Seiriol took over. St Tudno was a lively sea boat, with a large funnel and a shallow draft, but she was a roomy ship even when fully loaded. I always found St Seiriol a little cramped in such situations.