Terminator wrote: Would I be right in amusing the Onyx was built in Barrow/ And if so why do they not get it into the Dock Museum for all to see inside and out. Even if it wasn't built in Barrow they have a strong submarine heritage. I am very interested in the X craft and its virtual suicide mission in the Norwegian Fjord attacking the Tirpitz in September 1943.
Hi Novie. The X Craft story is quite well covered at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport. You are quite correct about Barrow being linked very closely to the story of the submarine and, although two of the Garratt /Nordenfelt submarines (for Turkey) were built at Barrow in the 1880s, the real story starts in 1900 with the construction of the first of a batch of five submarines for the Royal Navy. HM Submarine Boat No.1
- designed by the Irish-American pioneer John Philip Holland - was commissioned in 1901. She is now preserved at Gosport. From that early work, the relationship between Barrow and the Electric Boat Company of New London began and continues to this day. Please see my post above in relation to HMS Onyx
. although the Class was designed in Barrow (as lead shipyard) she was actually built by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.
I believe that Morrison's still has some display panels telling Barrow's submarine story and, as Jordangbr says, HMS Onyx
can be seen across Buccleuch Dock. One of the more interesting supermarket car parks!
Incidentally, Barrow's first entirely British designed submarine for the Royal Navy - HMS A1
- also still exists. I've always been fascinated by the fact that it was powered by a 16 cylinder engine made by Wolseley (another part of the Vickers empire of course). Unfortunately it's located on the wet side of Selsey Bill!