HMS Walney

November 7, 2008 at 19:34 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

HMS Walney

For all its history of naval shipbuilding, there is not and never has been an HMS Barrow in the fleet. Not even one of the high-tech submarines that Barrow specialises in. There are those who wish to change that. The current class of subs will all bear names beginning with A, starting with Astute. There’s a move afoot to have the first if the next class of subs named HMS Barrow in honour of the shipyard.

Meanwhile, there is an HMS Walney. It’s a small minesweeper and, alas, was built in Southampton not Barrow but it’s still Barrow’s ‘official’ ship and pays a visit now and then. It was in the Buccleuch Dock this morning and open to visitors.

(Given that mainland Barrow people are wont to think of Walney people as a bit inbred and simple, it’s a bit of a cheek for them to count HMS Walney as their own!)

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  1. We all have our place to look down on as in bred. Her it is Jurby. I admit to beong woefully ingnorant of the anaval shipbuilding industry intil I began reading your blog.


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