Industrial School and Training Ship 'Clio', Liverpool, Lancashire

The Training Ship Clio, moored off Bangor, North Wales, was lent by the Admiralty in 1877 and had accommodation for 260 boys. Boys of all religious denominations were received, between the ages of 11 and 16 years. The payment required was 8s. weekly. All the boys' boots and clothes were made on the ship, thus giving the boys a useful training over and above that they received in seamanship. A Home was provided at Liverpool for the use of the boys after leaving the ship, which they were encouraged to make use of between voyages.

The Captain Superintendent was Captain F. G. C. Langdon, R.N. The Offices of the Society which controls the ship were at 29, Eastgate Row North, Chester, the Honorary Secretary being Mr. E. M. Sneyd Kynnersley. The ship was certified for the reception of boys under the Children Act, 1908, but was not certified by the Local Government Board.

T.S. Clio off Bangor, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

T.S. Clio, c.1909. © Peter Higginbotham

The Clio was demolished on Bangor beach in 1920.

In 1915, an Auxiliary Home was opened at 6 Great George's Square, Liverpool. It accommodate up to 29 boys. The home acted as a hostel for those taking up employment in the city and also for former Clio boys who needed short-term accommodation while their ships were in port.


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  • Anglesey Archives, Industrial Estate Road, Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate, Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales LL77 7JA.



  • No surviving local records identified at present.