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 1

1914G1Laid Down
1914G2Laid Down
1914G3Laid Down
1915K11Laid Down
1915K12Laid Down
1915K13Laid Down
1916L9Laid Down
1917H51Laid Down
1939Trident (N52)Completed
1940Swordfish (N61)HMS Swordfish attacks the German torpedo boats Falke and Kondor with torpedoes in the English Channel about 12 nautical miles north-east of Cherbourg, France. All torpedoes missed their target.
1940Union (N56)Launched
1941Talisman (N78)HMS Talisman attacks an Italian convoy with torpedoes in the Zea Channel missing the Italian merchant Lauretta. Talisman was heavily depth charged by the escorting Italian torpedo boat Libra.
1942United (P44)HMS United torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant Ravenna near Locri, Calabria, Italy. The Ravenna was already grounded after air attack.
1943Sickle (P224)HMS Sickle fires three torpedoes against the German auxiliary submarine chaser UJ 2210 off Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy. The three torpedoes missed their target.
1943Spur (P265)Laid Down
1944Virulent (P95)Completed
1954Stickleback (X51)Launched
Lastest Comments
06.09.20 on page Porpoise (N14)
Hywel Thomas wrote:
    My Uncle was Leading Seaman Ralph Thomas. He was from Machen and Rudry in South Wales. His name is listed on the Cenotaph at St James Church, Rudry Nr. Caerphilly. He had joined up in 1938 and had served at the battle of Narvik on HMS Foxhound. He was one of the crew manning the launch from Foxho...
15.08.20 on page The Thetis Disaster Relief Fund
Mike Parsons wrote:
    My Great Uncle Frank Bresnen an engine fitter at Lairds went down with the Thetis,the families were treated badly,his body when recovered was transported from Anglesy to birkenhead in a lead lined coffin (due to the smell) and the families had to pay for onward transport from the railway station.hIs...
14.08.20 on page Chapter 31: Escape and Salvage Arrangements
peter reddy wrote:
    In 1906 my grandfather, Thomas Reddy, was a CPO Gunner in HMS Hood. (not that one - an earlier Hood, built 1891). Following the loss of A1 in 1904, he submitted proposals for a bouy to be fitted in the casing of submarines, which could be released if the boat was unable to surface The bouy was to ca...
27.07.20 on page Cheese Ush
Mike Tellick wrote:
    Favourite dish in the mail galley in “Drake” when I was in the RM Band in 1961. Generally the scran was pretty dire, but the Cheese Ush was the exception. ...
29.06.20 on page 1943 - 1977: Amphion Class
Hugh Farey wrote:
    My father, Michael Farey, was one of the very few officers who served on HMS Astute from while she was building at Barrow-in-Furness until her return from Hong Kong in 1949. He was disappointed to start with, firstly at having to watch a ship being built rather than sailing in it, and then, just as ...