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 - May 24

1915E11Travelling up the Sea of Marmara, E11 sank two Turkish transport ships and drove another agound.
1939Seal (N37)Completed
1939P611Laid Down
1939P612Laid Down
1939P615Laid Down
1941Upholder (N99)The King was graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross for great valour and resolution in command of His Majestys Submarine Upholder to Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn, DSO, Royal Navy.

On the evening of 24th May, 1941, whilst on patrol off the coast of Sicily, Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn, in command of His Majestys Submarine Upholder, sighted a southbound enemy troop convoy, strongly escorted by Destroyers. The failing light was such that observation by periscope could not be relied on but a surface attack would have been easily seen. Upholder's listening gear was out of action. In spite of these severe handicaps Lieutenant Commander Wanklyn decided to press home his attack at short range.
1941Upholder (N99)HMS Upholder attacked a convoy east of Sicily & sank Italian liner Conte Rosso
1941Urge (N17)HMS URGE returned to Malta.
1942Traveller (N48)HMS Traveller arrived at Gibraltar
1943Turpin (P354)Laid Down
1990Talent (S92)Left Barrow

Lastest Comments
26.04.17 on page Valiant (S102)
Barlow, Albert wrote:
    Conflicting route in the above which way did Valiant sail the 12,000 mines underwater. Top piece one way, later the opposite direction....
11.04.17 on page Upholder/Victoria Class Propulsion
Craig wrote:
    Excellent article. However the account of the flashover is slightly incorrect. I was the person looking into the Main Motor during the BIS crash reversal. (VSEL Commissioning Engr, it wasn't a "tiff"). I still have the hand-written reports of the incident (and the T-shirt!). As I recall, we propelle...
02.04.17 on page A Shotley Boy
victor john monan wrote:
    I have just read my dads story although sadly he passed away in 2001 but I am sure that what he endured helped make him the fantastic person he became....
01.02.17 on page Lieutenant Douglas Ramsden Attwood, DSC, Royal Navy Reserve
Thomas Lewis wrote:
    Hello Mike Attwood, Douglas Ramsden Attwood was one of my grandfather's brothers. My mother was married in May 1944, and told me that she was "given away" by her Uncle Carden, because her father was away on active service. Tom Lewis...
29.01.17 on page Sceptre (S104)
Stephen Lee wrote:
    I was privileged to attend the launch of Sceptre. At the time I worked for Leyland Trucks and one of our customers was Bradys of Barrow in Furness, who sourced me a ticket. Co-incidentally my home town was Wigan. I have since always felt an affinity for the Submarine Service, and very many years lat...