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 18

18791878 - 1919: MercuryCompleted at Pembroke Dockyard
1933Snapper (N39)Laid Down
1941U class submarinesFour Royal Navy U class submarines attacked a heavily escorted Italian convoy off the North African coast, sinking two large transports and damaging the third
1941Upholder (N99)HMS Upholder sinks the Italian troop ships Neptunia and Oceania; 384 people are drowned
1941Triumph (N18)HMS Triumph torpedoes and damages the Italian tanker Ardor off Capo Colonna.
1941Ursula (N59)HMS Ursula fires three torpedoes against the Italian troop transport Vulcania off Tripoli, Libya. All torpedoes missed.
1944Tradewind (P329)HMS Tradewind torpedoes and sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Junyo Maru about 18 nautical miles south of Mukomuko, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies. Unbeknown to the Commanding Officer of the submarine, the Japanese ship was carrying 4200 Javanese slave labourers and 2300 Allied prisoners from Batavia to Padang. 5620 lives were lost in the sinking.
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...