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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 - June 27

1941Triumph (N18)HMS Triumph on patrol off the Egyptian coast sinks the Italian submarine Salpa
1942Saracen (P247)Completed
1942Taurus (P339)Launched
1943Trident (N52)HMS Trident sinks a sailing vessel with gunfire north of Crete.
1943Osiris (N67)HMS Osiris sinks the Italian sailing vessel Vittorina with gunfire north of Crete.
1944Sea Rover (P218)HMS Sea Rover sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire off Penang.
1944Truculent (P315)HMS Truculent sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Malacca Strait.
1944Ultor (P53)While on patrol off Nizza, southern France HMS Ultor torpedoes and sinks the German tankers Felix 1 and Tempo 3.
1945Thermopylae (P355)Launched
1952Sidon (P259)Refit completed HMS Sidon re-commissioned into the 2nd Submarine Squadron, based at Portland for submarine and anti-submarine training

In "A Submariner's story" commissioning engineer officer Joel C E Blamey tells how the first trial dive out of the yard ended up with Sidon plunging down with a severe bow down angle striking the shingle bottom at 158 feet. A dockyard modification had caused a complete loss of the telemotor pressure resulting in the loss of control of the main vents and hydroplanes and other equipment. While quite frightening no serious damage was done.
Lastest Comments
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...
22.05.19 on page Who gives a f***, it tastes good
3 Badgeman wrote:
    Been through all recipes. Reminded me of my days as a Jungly {FAA Term}, Pot Mess reminded me of returning from 2 weeks in the Snow to see Chef? opening tins of Bubby's Heads. Having lived on Chicken Supream, only flavour for Sailors Rat Packs, for 2 weeks was first in Queue for Bubby's Head to be g...
16.05.19 on page HM Submarine A5 (Forgotten Submariners)
Paul Jones wrote:
    PO 1st Class William John PRYOR was my Great Grandfather, he lived in St Helier Jersey with his wife and his two sons William Alfred Pryor (my Grandfather) and his brother (my great Uncle) Richard Davey Pryor. Uncle Dick remained on the Island and Pop joined the British Army in 1914 and enjoyed a ca...
09.05.19 on page Narwhal (S03)
Graham(George) Bourne wrote:
    Was an OEM1 on Narwhal in the Seventies. Can't remember to many names but can see the faces of the lads. Wacker Payne was the POEL, Ollie Windle was the skipper and we had a stoker called Basil who had a chopper motor bike. I think we did a trip to northern Norway at some stage and a round Britain...
07.05.19 on page Tetrarch (N77)
Patrick Pepper wrote:
    Good evening. I would like to say a big thank you for the information you have given here. I am researching my family and my uncle was leading seaman C/JX 145671 William Edward Pepper, lost on Tetrarch. I have read some conflicting reports that the wreck off Tabarka cannot be Tetrarch. Thank you ag...