Barrow Built Submarines

NavyBooks has co-operated with Lt Cdr Barry Downer (ex SM DWEO) to publish a revised and updated version of his limited edition book, originally called ‘Dive, Dive, Dive’ and prepared to raise funds for the, sadly unrealised, Submarine Heritage Centre that was to be built at Barrow in Furness and centred on HMS ONYX.

All royalties from the book are going to the Submariners Association. It has a foreword written by Admiral Niall KIlgour and his endorsement.

The book is now a part of the NavyBooks series on warships built at the many shipyards around UK. However, it is also slightly different, while the expected technical details and specifications are included, as well as much interesting history of the employment and operations of the submarines pictured, and the men that served in them, every image is a painting and not a photograph.

The book starts in 1900 when ‘Vickers Sons and Maxim Ltd’ of Barrow-In-Furness took the order to build the first submarine, a Holland Class, for the Royal Navy. It concludes with a painting of HMS ASTUTE leaving Barrow for sea trials in 2010. The book includes an index of every ‘Barrow Built Boat’ from 1901 to 2016. The book is not only a fine work of art, fit to grace any bookshelf or coffee table but it is also a very useful reference for anyone interested in the history of submarines and, indeed, the history of the Barrow in Furness shipyard.

Buy the book here

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