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This is the website of the Barrow-in-Furness Branch of the Submariners Association. The Premier UK internet resource for Submariners and anyone interested in Royal Navy Submarines.

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 - October 22

1915E41Launched
1915E42Launched
1917C32Based at Rogekul to operate in the Gulf of Riga, the submarine was seriously damaged during attack on German naval forces in October 1917. Deliberately ran aground and destroyed by her crew near Pernau, Gulf of Riga.
19191882 - 1919: HebeSold
1939Undine (N48)HMS Undine departed Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Denmark and in the Heligoland Bight.
1941Urge (N17)Urge was patrolling off Kuriat Island, Tunisia when he sighted a Merchant Vessel which he fired three torpedoes. They were seen and avoided by the target but a fourth torpedo hit and sank the 1,407 ton MARIA POMPEI. On the same day another attack resulted in the sinking of the 5,996 ton MARIGOLA.
1941Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 40 mines off Capo Ferrato, south-east Sardinia.
1942Thule (P325)Launched
1942Totem (P352)Laid Down
1943Unseen (P51)HMS Unseen torpedoes and sinks the German barge F 541 off Imperia, Liguria, Italy.
1944Tantivy (P319)While operating in Makassar Strait HMS Tantivy sinks the Japanese Communications Vessel No. 137. Tantivy also sinks 6 small vessels that are unidentified with gunfire.
2003Ambush (S120)Laid Down
2010Astute (S119)HMS Astute grounded in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye just after 8am.

The vessel was on the surface conducting a personnel transfer when her rudder became grounded when its rudder apparently became stuck on a shingle bank in the Kyle of Lochalsh, near the Skye road bridge.

During the operation to tow Astute clear, there was a collision between the rescue tug and the submarine, which resulted in damage to her starboard foreplane. The submarine returned under its own power to Faslane, where the damage incurred in the grounding and afterward was described as minor.
Lastest Comments
01.08.19 on page G8
Knud Jakobsen wrote:
    Sea War Museum Jutland, Denmark, has found the submarine in Skagerrak in 2019. It lies at a depth of 100 meters with the bow pointing towards Tees, indicating that it was heading home, when it sank. The wreck is heavily corroded, and in several places it is possible to look into the submarine. Ther...
 
17.07.19 on page Wadding - Escape from 603ft
Ray Parker wrote:
    Crazy story. I went through the SETT at Ft. Blockhouse in 2007 and instructed at the SET in the US from 2006-2014. Your story is a great example of why it is so important the escapers don't get hung up. I remember a man who did escapes from around 600 feet that worked at the SETT named Mr. Wood, ...
 
13.07.19 on page Midget Submarines Canal Zone
Lynne wrote:
    My late father Alan (Ben) Beeney was a stoker on one if these x craft. He served on both Minnow and Sprat so I'm not sure which was he was on at the time. He told many a tale of his trip up the canal. Now on eternal watch ...
 
08.07.19 on page Seraph (P219)
Duncan wrote:
    My Uncle William (Bill) Garland had medals with HMS Seraph engraved around the edge, I saw a picture once of the ships crew assebled around the conning tower and looked right into his eyes..does anyone know anything about him please as he never spoke about his service..he was unusally tall for a sub...
 
10.06.19 on page Stratagem (P234)
John Edward Howlett wrote:
    My Uncle Reg was on board, it seems he survived the sinking but was executed the execution was registered on 31/12/44. If anyone has any information on this submarine or my Uncle Reginald Charles Howlett D/KX 16493 anything would be very much appreciated...