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 22

1917C32Based at Rogekul to operate in the Gulf of Riga, the submarine was seriously damaged during attack on German naval forces in October 1917. Deliberately ran aground and destroyed by her crew near Pernau, Gulf of Riga.
19191882 - 1919: HebeSold
1939Undine (N48)HMS Undine departed Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Denmark and in the Heligoland Bight.
1941Urge (N17)Urge was patrolling off Kuriat Island, Tunisia when he sighted a Merchant Vessel which he fired three torpedoes. They were seen and avoided by the target but a fourth torpedo hit and sank the 1,407 ton MARIA POMPEI. On the same day another attack resulted in the sinking of the 5,996 ton MARIGOLA.
1941Rorqual (N74)HMS Rorqual lays 40 mines off Capo Ferrato, south-east Sardinia.
1942Thule (P325)Launched
1942Totem (P352)Laid Down
1943Unseen (P51)HMS Unseen torpedoes and sinks the German barge F 541 off Imperia, Liguria, Italy.
1944Tantivy (P319)While operating in Makassar Strait HMS Tantivy sinks the Japanese Communications Vessel No. 137. Tantivy also sinks 6 small vessels that are unidentified with gunfire.
2003Ambush (S120)Laid Down
2010Astute (S119)HMS Astute grounded in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye just after 8am.

The vessel was on the surface conducting a personnel transfer when her rudder became grounded when its rudder apparently became stuck on a shingle bank in the Kyle of Lochalsh, near the Skye road bridge.

During the operation to tow Astute clear, there was a collision between the rescue tug and the submarine, which resulted in damage to her starboard foreplane. The submarine returned under its own power to Faslane, where the damage incurred in the grounding and afterward was described as minor.
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