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 - October 25

18941891 - 1920: St GeorgeCommissioned
1915S2Transferred to Italy
1915S1Transferred to Italy
1915S3Transferred to Italy
1935Snapper (N39)Launched
1938Thistle (N24)Launched
1941Triumph (N18)HMS Triumph torpedoes and sinks the Italian merchant Monrosa in the Gulf of Athens, about 3 nautical miles north-west of Patroklou island, Greece.
1941Seraph (P219)Launched
1942Taku (N38)HMS Taku attacks the Italian tanker Arca off Chios, Greece. The torpedoes missed their target.
1943Surf (P239)HMS Surf damages the German auxiliary patrol vessel GA 54/Chiaros with gunfire east of Amorgos, Greece.
1943Spirit (P245)Completed
1943Telemachus (P321)Completed
1944USS TangThe USS Tang (SS-306) under Richard O'Kane (a top US submarine captain of World War II) is sunk by the ship's own torpedo.

The torpedo was fired. It broached and curved to the left in a circular run. Tang fishtailed under emergency power to clear the turning circle of the torpedo, but it struck her abreast the aft torpedo room approximately 20 seconds after it was fired. Tang sank by the stern. Nine survivors, including the commanding officer, were picked up the next morning by a Japanese destroyer escort. They spent the remainder of the war in prisoner of war camps.
1944Stoic (P231)HMS Stoic sinks a Japanese coaster with gunfire in the Java Sea.
1944Tantivy (P319)HMS Tantivy sinks the Japanese barge No. 136 and the Japanese motor sailing vessel Tachibana Maru No.47 with gunfire off Miro, Sumbawa, Netherlands East Indies.
1945Aeneas (P427)Launched
1957Narwhal (N45)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 ...