The Ship's BuilderVickers Armstrongs holds a most prestigious position in the annals of British shipbuilding and was one of the world’s most well known shipbuilders. It’s foundation as a shipyard was conceived by a James Ramsden, a former Railway Superintendant and then Mayor of Barrow-in-Furness, in the north eastern English county of Cumbria. He established the company in 1871 as the Iron Shipbuilding Company, a name soon changed to Barrow Shipbuilding Company. In 1897 it was purchased by Vickers & Sons and in 1927 merged with Armstrong Whitworth to become Vickers Armstrongs Ltd. In the early 1900’s it became the Naval Construction Yard.
|Vickers Ltd Advertisement in 1914 Edition of “Jane’s Fighting Ships”|
Believed to be lying off Vickers Armstrongs shipyard and almost finished building, Photo thought to be about February to March 1935
The company is now known as BAE Systems Submarine Solutions, is Britain’s busiest shipyard with the largest covered ship building hall in Europe, currently constructing among other vessels seven Astute Class nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy of which the seventh will be named Ajax (Note 1).
1. ibid - “Ships Named Ajax”, Ajax 9, the “Astute” Class