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Vickers Ltd Barrow In Furness 1917

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Sheila

Sheila Report 15 Apr 2013 17:13

Help I have ordered a death certificate for a relative and it says Cause of Death, Blown from the deck of submarine No 499 by accidental explosion of a torpedo hatch which was then under test at Vickers Ltd Barrow In Furness this was 29th August 1917 Inquest held 31st August 1917. I have googled this and can not find any information. Any ideas Sheila

greyghost

greyghost Report 15 Apr 2013 18:26

May be able to help??

Submarine Heritage Centre
Registered Address:
53 Red Oak Avenue
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria, LA13 OLJ, UK
Tel: 01229 820993

Barrow Submariners Association
http://www.rnsubs.co.uk/

Gins

Gins Report 15 Apr 2013 18:27

Hi Sheila

What are the details for this person, name, birth etc?

Sheila

Sheila Report 15 Apr 2013 19:33

His name was Edgar Brice Dunham born 1896 in Edmonton he was 21. He was a labourer. Thanks Stuart for the address. Sheila

Maurice

Maurice Report 15 Apr 2013 19:48

Hi Sheila

Also worth contacting.

www.dockmuseum.org.uk

Maurice

Maurice Report 15 Apr 2013 20:02

Sheila,

499 appears to be the yard number. the submarine appears to be H21 or H26

VIZB0016


Description

Box containing ship plans of vessels built by Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd at Barrow: - two plans for Submarine Nos. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 & 17 (1902?) Yard Nos. 280 - 284? - three plans for Submarines M1 & M2 (1917 & 19) Yard Nos. 491 & 494 - two plans for Submarines 'K' Class (1916?) Yard No. 480? - one plan for Submarine K17 (1917) Yard No. 492 - two plans for Submarines L1 & L2 (1917) Yard Nos. 489 & 490, - three plans for Cunard 'Antonia' (1922) Yard No. 498 - two plans for the Cunard passenger liner 'Scythia' (1921) Yard No 493 - one plan for Submarines H21 to H26 (1917/18) Yard Nos. 499 to 504, - one plan for HMS 'Cassandra' (1916) Yard No. 486 - one plan for HMS 'Curlew' (1919) Yard No. 497 - and one plan for Submarines H21 to H32 (1917/18) Yard Nos. 499-504 & 527-532.

Sheila

Sheila Report 15 Apr 2013 20:50

Thanks Maurice for that information, do you think this accident would be suppressed!!!

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 15 Apr 2013 20:52

Hi Sheila, I've had a look in the newspaper archives and nothing coming up in there.

Sheila

Sheila Report 15 Apr 2013 20:55

Thanks for that MarieCeleste Sheila

Reggie

Reggie Report 15 Apr 2013 21:52

As the event took place while the War was in progress, it could easily have been kept secret

Sheila

Sheila Report 16 Apr 2013 07:45

Thanks for that Reggie I will contact the Submarine Heritage Centre Sheila

Sheila

Sheila Report 16 Apr 2013 07:46

Thanks for that Reggie I will contact the Submarine Heritage Centre Sheila

Malcolm

Malcolm Report 16 Apr 2013 15:49

The reference to "Yard Number" is probably not the "Number of the Yard" but what is known as the "Keel Number". Each vessel to be built is appointed a Keel Number which stays with it until the finished ship is named. So Yard Number is like a "Job or Contract Number".

Sheila

Sheila Report 16 Apr 2013 15:56

All good information Thanks Malcolm Sheila

wisechild

wisechild Report 16 Apr 2013 16:07

The Local History section at Barrow library has always been very helpful in the past. Haven´t been for some years, so with cutbacks etc I can´t say what it´s like now, but always worth a try.

Sheila

Sheila Report 16 Apr 2013 17:19

Thanks, if I get over to Uk this year I will go to the Library I have always found them to be helpful. Sheila