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Vickers and Barrow are names synonymous with the development of the submarine. Hundreds of submarines covering virtually every class have been built for the Royal Navy and foreign Navies. This site is dedicated to not only to those who have served on Her Majesty's Submarines but also to those employees past and present whose skills and efforts have given pride to the phrase 'Barrow built' and made the name Vickers known and respected throughout the world.

On This Day - August 12

1917Panama CanalSubmarines HMCS CC 1 and CC 2 along with depot ship HMCS Shearwater become first ships flying the White Ensign to transit the Panama Canal
1922C16The previously recovered and refitted submarine was sold for scrap to C A Beard of Upnor
1941Torbay (N79)HMS Torbay attacks an Italian convoy 4 nautical miles west of Benghazi, Libya. The four torpedoes fired against the Italian merchants Bosforo and Iseo all miss their targets and Torbay is heavily depth charged following this attack.
1941O24 (Dutch)Attacked the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V 111 / Eraldo with gunfire about 20 nautical miles south-southwest of Cagliary Bay, Sardinia, Italy. The action had to be broken off when 24 ran out of ammunition for the deck gun.
1942Unshaken (P54)HMS Unshaken sinks the German merchant Georg L.M. Russ off Norway
1942Porpoise (N14)HMS Porpoise lays a minefield (46 mines) off Ras el Tin, Libya and torpedoes and sinks the Italian transport Ogaden 9 nautical miles from Ras el Tin, Libya.
1945Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough sinks the Malaysian sailing vessel Palange with gunfire off Bali.
2000KurskThe Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea
Lastest Comments
11.07.22 on page Aladdin's Song
Smiffy wrote:
    Most of these songs go way back to the First World War and even a few years before that. They have developed over the years ad not always to the wise. An incredible view into the day to day lives of 'Jack' enjoying himself. I have my dads book of words all written down in Naval pencil. Incredible....
19.06.22 on page Repulse (S23)
Alec Elliot wrote:
    Served on Stbd crew from late 73 through to 88 with the exception of courses. I believe I was the first junior they had seen on board. I remember Tom Patrick (Chief Tiff) scratching his head and saying I couldn't keep night watches! Great boat. Lots of good memories....
05.06.22 on page Sceptre (S104)
Debra Burgess wrote:
    I too attended the launch of Sceptre at Barrow-in-Furness. As a child you just accept what is before you, but now when I recall the event I consider myself to have been extremely fortunate to have witnessed such a thing. My uncle worked at Vickers as an electrical draughtsman....
18.05.22 on page H31
Richard Waring wrote:
    Between 24 April to 13 June and 15 July to 31 August of 1941, HMS H31 was at HMS Ferret Londonderry for A/S Exercises. My Grandfather & Grandmother had a Sailors Home for tea/lunch & the sailors from H31 were among them. My grandmother took it very hard when H31 was reported missing in 1942. The...
12.05.22 on page Tetrarch (N77)
Platon Alexiades wrote:
    Unfortunately, the above claim of a submarine graveyard at Tabarka is groundless. This has already been exposed as a hoax. None of these submarines ever operated in the Tabarka area. HMS Tetrarch route was along the southwest coast of Sicily (where she was to cross two Italian minefields) and hence ...