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

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 - April 29

19121912 - 1929: MaidstoneLaunched
1940Unity (N66)At 1730 HMS Unity sailed from Blyth to patrol off Norway. The visibility was down to 300 yards as Unity moved out in the main channel, where the Norwegian ship Atle Jarl was proceeding on her way from Scotland to the Tyne

A short while later visibility was down to 100 yards and neither vessel was aware of the other until the submarine spotted the ship at 50 yards and on a collision course. There was just time to shut the bulkhead doors and order the engines astern before the Atle Jarl smashed into the submarine. The order to abandon the submarine was given and Unity sank only five minutes after the collision
1940Seal (N37)HMS Seal shifted from Blyth to Immingham where she embarked a full load of mines
1942Urge (N17)Reported lost whilst on passage from Malta to Alexandria on 29th April 1942.

At the time of the loss the submarine was carrying ten ratings as passengers in addition to the normal crew as part of the evacuation of the 10th Submarine Flotilla from Malta to Alexandria.
1942Sibyl (P217)Launched
1942Varne (P66)Laid Down
1942Vox (P67)Laid Down
1943Unshaken (P54)HMS Unshaken fires four torpedoes against the French passenger/cargo ship Cap Corse off Cape San Vito, Sicily, Italy. All torpedoes missed.
1944Tantalus (P318)HMS Tantalus sinks the Malaysian Pulo Salanama with gunfire in Malacca Strait.
1945Tradewind (P329)HMS Tradewind torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant tanker Takasago Maru in the Gulf of Siam.

Lastest Comments
22.04.16 on page Turbulent (N98)
JEAN-PIERRE MISSON wrote:
    HMS TURBULENT COULD BE ONE OF THE EIGHT SUBMARINES THAT HAVE BEEN SONAR LOCATED OFF TABARKA , TUNISIA IN 2015 . THIS WILL BE ASCERTAINED THIS SUMMER 2016 . THE AREA IS NOW KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN A NAVAL MINEFIELD PLANTED BY THE GERMAN 3S.FLOTILLA , DEC 1942. missonjp@hotmail.com...
 
21.04.16 on page Tribune (N76)
Ian Sutherland wrote:
    HMS TRIBUNE landed a special services party on a beach near Ajaccio in Corsica in Feb '43. There is a beautiful memorial to the party placed on the 50th anniversary and I am looking for more information....
 
08.04.16 on page Turbulent (N98)
Christopher Morgan-Jones wrote:
    The wreck has not been found and the mining has been discredited. She was peobably lost in an engagememt by the Italian navy ship Ardito....
 
04.04.16 on page C25
barrie Downer wrote:
    Paul One Able Seaman (who was the Lewis Gunner) was killed on the Bridge and an Able Seaman was killed in the Conning Tower. I don't know which one was which but your GGF may well have been on the Bridge. The others killed were the Commanding Officer, the Coxswain, a Leading Seaman and the Signalm...
 
28.03.16 on page C25
Paul campling wrote:
    Able seaman George Sidney Hamilton was my Great Grandfather, I was left his medals and other pictures and things by my late Grandfather. I believe he may have been one of those who were initially on the conning tower of the vessel whenot it came under attack. ...