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 - September 16

1939Triad (N53)Completed
1939Seahorse (S98)HMS Seahorse departed Dundee for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the south-west coast of Norway.
1940H49HMS H 49 fired 4 torpedoes at a large, 16 ship, convoy and 8 bunched ships were fired at without success.
1942Sahib (P212)HMS Sahib sinks an Italian sailing vessel with gunfire west of Sardinia.
1943X9On 11th September 1943 X9 left Loch Cairnbawn under tow from HMS Syrtis to take part in the attack on the Scharnhorst. During the passage the Syrtis remained on the surface, whilst the x-craft, manned by a passage crew, remained dived. The midget submarine was due to surface at regular intervals to ventilate. On the 16th Syrtis made the signal for the x-craft to surface. There was no reply. At this point the tow was hauled in and was found to have parted and despite an extensive search, no sign of X9 was ever found.
1944Tradewind (P329)HMS Tradewind sinks two small Japanese vessels with scuttling charges off the Sunda Strait.
1944Trenchant (P331)HMS Trenchant lays mines in the the Straits of Malacca.
19581921 - 1965: Ausonia (F53)Commissioned at Devomport to relieve HMS Ranpura after 12 months in reserve
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...