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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 - January 20

18901891 - 1921: Royal ArthurLaid down
1921K5HMS K5 sailed from Torbay as part of a fleet bound for Spain, which included the Cruiser Inconstant and Submarines K8, K9, K15 and K22. It was decided to conduct a mock battle in the Bay of Biscay and the vessels split up to take their positions. A signal was received from K5 that she was diving, but she failed to reappear at the end of the exercise. An hour before dusk a battery cover from a K boat was recovered and the next morning a sailor's ditty box was found - the last trace of K5. It is believed an accident caused K5 to exceed her maximum diving depth.
1940Thorn (N11)Laid Down
1943Saracen (P247)HMS Saracen sinks the Italian auxiliary submarine chaser V 3/Maria Angelette with gunfire about 30 nautical miles south of Isola di Capri, Italy.
1943Unrivalled (P45)While on patrol of Tunisia HMS Unrivalled intercepts a small Italian naval auxiliary towing a schooner. She sinks the naval auxiliary with gunfire.
1943Untiring (P59)Launched
1945Sidon (P259)Damaged in a submerged collision with HMS Turpin. Her stem cutter was turned to starboard by a length of 4 feet.
2006Spartan (S105)Decommissioning ceremony was held to mark the successful completion of Spartan's service.
Lastest Comments
04.01.21 on page Pussers Mushy Peas
Steve Anstey wrote:
    Your recipe for Pussers Peas brings back wonderful memories of the mushy peas my grandmother always used to make in the 50's and 60's. They were always a must-have accompaniment to the evening's cooked meal that she would always have simmering between 2 dinner plates for my grandfather when he retur...
 
13.12.20 on page Thunderbolt (N25)
Alix Griffiths wrote:
    My Grandfather told me that he was amongst several Allied soldiers who escaped from Crete and were taken by boat to the Thunderbolt after the island fell. They were taken to Alexandria by the submarine. He called it the Thetis/Thunderbolt. ...
 
09.12.20 on page XE6
Bruce Enzer wrote:
    Bruce Edward Enzer was my uncle. Think he was a sub Lieutenant in XE2. Prior to his fatal posting to Australia, he had been involved in the Operation Postage Able (COPP recon for D-Day) in X-20. Before then he was in X-10 who were involved in an abortive mission to attack the Scharnhorst.....
 
12.11.20 on page B6
John Kirman wrote:
    George Kirman, my grandfather left a 9 year old son Ernest and as a result now has 7 direct descendants. My father Ernest, then an orphan, was raised by his grandparents....
 
28.10.20 on page Affray - Subsmash Commentary
Paul Vincent wrote:
    For the record Ray Vincent ch. 27 didn’t exist but Roy Vincent did. He was my uncle and had brother my Grandad so not an only child as referred to in the book. His parents were in their mid 40’s at this time so not elderly as referred to in the book. He joined to earn an extra 1/2 Crown as he w...