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This is the website of the Barrow-in-Furness Branch of the Submariners Association. The Premier UK resource on the internet for Submariners and anyone interested in the Royal Navy Submarine Service.

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 - November 22

1916E30Lost in the North sea. Possibly mined off Orford Ness. E30 left Harwich on November 15th. The minefield was not located until 25th November.
1918G11G11 ran aground off Howick in Northumberland in adverse weather conditions (navigation having only been possible via dead reckoning)

As the crew abandoned ship, two men fell in the water. The body of Stoker Foster was never recovered but Tel Back was recovered and buried in St Peter's Longhoughton.

One further casualty, Lt Richard Sandford VC (who had been admitted to Eston hospital suffering from typhoid fever) died the day after learning his beloved submarine had been lost.
1939Unbeaten (N93)Laid Down
1941Sea Wolf (N47)HMS Sea Wolf sinks the German merchant ship off the Syltefjord.
1943Torbay (N79)HMS Torbay torpedoes and sinks a German floating dock north of Skiathos Island, Greece.
1944Stratagem (P234)Sunk in Malacca Straits

HMS Stratagem sailed from Trincomalee on 10th November 1944 with orders to patrol in the vicinity of Malacca where it was believed the Japanese were loading ships with bauxite ore. On the afternoon of the 18th Stratagem attacked and sank the tanker Nichinan Maru. On 22nd November a Japanese aircraft spotted the submarine and directed a destroyer to where it had dived. Just after midday the destroyer attacked, the first depth charge causing the submarine’s bow to strike the bottom. The submarine was plunged into darkness and the forward part began to flood. Attempts to shut the watertight door to the forward compartment failed and the crew were forced to make their escape.
1944Thorough (P324)HMS Thorough sinks a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Strait of Malacca
1956Scorcher (P258)Suffered a fire during exercises.
1999Vengance (S31)Completed

Lastest Comments
01.11.17 on page E17
Stephen Pilbeam wrote:
    Albert Edward Pilbeam was my grandfather and I have some great photo's of him and the submarine E17. E17 held a record at the time for staying under water for a long period of time during its submurge, I have a press cutting of the account. Regards Stephen Pilbeam ...
 
31.10.17 on page Regulus (N88)
Gerard Molyneux wrote:
    My Uncle was one of the crew members lost and I was told that the submarine had not been repainted after being in the Far East, which made them an easy target for the Italian air force. This was confirmed by a interpreter, who had listened in to the Italian messages and she had relayed this informa...
 
26.10.17 on page Cheese Ush
Doug (Flash) Craig wrote:
    Arries = Arigonies = Tinned Tomatoes - derived from the name of the main supplier, and also the nickname of one of the coxswains on S/M Andrew ("Arris - I think) whose propensity for serving arries as a green veggie was well known....
 
07.09.17 on page Cheese Ush
Malcolm Wheeler wrote:
    Made my day, asked a modern day RN Chef and other x RNers for a cheese Ush recipe only to be greeted with blank looks. Don't feed em like they did in my day. Just one question I take it arries are a tiffs word for taties? How much is needed?...
 
07.08.17 on page Wadding - Escape from 603ft
Hamish Jones wrote:
    the world record set in 1987 was completed by WO. Norman Cook MBE and PO. Hamish Jones BEM Can't find any reference to this world record ...