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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 24

19121886 - 1912: PactolusCommissioned at Chatham
1926Oberon (S09)Launched
1939Spearfish (N69)HMS Spearfish was heavily damaged by German warships off Horns Reef. She was unable to submerge but nevertheless managed to escape. A rescue mission was undertaken by the British Humber force and Home fleet. Spearfish safely put in Rosyth on the 26th. Repairs to Spearfish were completed in early March 1940.
1940Tuna (N94)HMS Tuna torpedoes and sinks the German catapult ship Ostmark in the Bay of Biscay about 35 nautical miles south-west of St. Nazaire, France.
1940Cachalot (N83)HMS Cachalot attacks a submarine with torpedoes in the Bay of Biscay. The target is not hit.
1941Triumph (N18)HMS Triumph damages the Italian tanker Poseidone and the Italian merchant Sidamo off Ortona, Abruzzi, Italy.
1941Urge (N17)An attack was made a 2,500 ton Merchant Vessel. All torpedoes missed.
1942Sea Dog (P216)Completed
1942Usurper (P56)Launched
1943Ultor (P53)HMS Ultor torpedoes and damages the German tanker Champagne 11 nautical miles east of Bastia, Corsica, France.
1944Tudor (P326)HMS Tudor lays mines off the west coast of Siam.
1944Vigorous (P74)HMS Vigorous claims the sinking of a sailing vessel south-east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia Peninsula, Greece.
1944Visigoth (P76)HMS Visigoth damages two sailing vessels with gunfire in Strati harbour, Crete, Greece.
1944Vox (P67)HMS Vox sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire about 15 nautical miles south of the Kassandra Peninsula, Greece.
1945Ambush (P418)Launched
1952Sportsman (P229)Lost, cause unknown.
1960Onslaught (S14)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 ...