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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 - July 19

1909C30Launched
19281928 - 1942: Medway (F25)Launched at Vickers Armstrongs, Barrow
1940P611Launched
1940Umbra (P35)Laid Down
1941Umpire (N82)HMS Umpire left Chatham on 19th July 1941 bound for the Clyde prior to joining the 3rd Submarine Flotilla at Dunoon. Having stopped over night at Sheerness she joined up with a northbound convoy, although she was not part of the convoy escort.

Umpire developed mechanical problems and began to fall behind the convoy which was kept informed of the submarines progress by radio. At midnight the northbound convoy passed a southbound convoy as expected but Umpire following behind was surprised to see the convoys pass starboard to starboard rather than the normal port to port. Umpire altered her course to port as the first few vessels passed to Umpire's starboard side but the trawler Peter Hendriks remained on a collision course.

As the two vessels came together a gash was torn in Umpire's side sending her to the bottom. 22 of her crew went down with the ship
1941Tuna (N94)HMS Tuna fires 6 torpedoes at the German tanker Benno escorted by the German minesweepers M 18, M 25, M 27 and M 30 60 nautical miles north-west of the Gironde estuary. Although six detanations were heard all torpedoes missed their target.
1942Traveller (N48)HMS Traveller departed Haifa for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic. En-route to her patrol area she is to patrol along the North coast of Crete.
1943Safari (P211)HMS Safari sinks the German barges Maria, Paula and the Italian armed yacht Margherita with gunfire in the port of Favone, Corsica, France.
1943Sickle (P224)HMS Sickle sinks the Italian auxiliary minesweeper V 131/Amgiola Maria C. with gunfire off Porto Vecchio, Italy.
1943Unshaken (P54)Near Malta HMS Unshaken is missed by four torpedoes fired by ORP Dzik. The Poles thought they were attacking an enemy submarine, luckily the torpedoes missed.
1943Veldt (P71)Launched
1944Vampire (P72)While on patrol off Milos, Greece HMS Vampire fires four torpedoes at the German merchant Pelikan and the German torpedo boat TA 19. All torpedoes miss.
1944Vivid (P77)HMS Vivid sinks a Greek fishing vessel with gunfire off Santorini Island, Greece.
1945Thule (P325)HMS Thule sinks a Japanese coaster with gunfire of the north coast of Java, Netherlands East Indies.
Lastest Comments
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...
 
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...