Barrow in Furness

Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Posted on March 21, 2023 / 3
Listing Type : Coaling Station
Location : England

Barrow-in-Furness or Barrow, had one of the largest UK steel works in the latter quarters of the 20th Century.  This led to the development of shipbuilding and the building of warships.  Barrow became a specialist location for the building of submarines.  Although classified as a naval port, it was the factories in Barrow producing armaments and warships that required a limited coastal defence.

The Barrow Ship Building Company was taken over by the Vickers Ship Building and Engineering in 1897. The First Royal Navy Submarine, Holland 1 was built here in 1901 by Vickers.  Barrow remained an important location for the building or warships and making of armaments.  BAE Systems have now taken over much of the works and in 2023 the AUKUS agreement saw Barrow identified as 0ne of the locations to to be used to built part of the the new Australian Nuclear Submarine Fleet.

From 1908 Barrow was also a site for the building of military airships. Vickers, later Vickers-Armstrong Limited, built the first airship by 1910 in Barrow-in-Furness.

The primary coastal defence battery built was Walney Battery on Walney Island with two 6-inch guns.  This was built by 1911.  In 1914 a further battery was added, Hilpsfort Battery, on the South end of the Island.

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