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Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, Ltd founded in 1871, by James Ramsden was a shipbuilding company based at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria in northwest England that built warships, civilian ships, submarines and armaments. The company was historically the Naval Construction Works of Vickers Armstrongs and has a heritage of building large naval warships and armaments.

It was here in the Shipworks of Barrow - that the first submarines to enter military service for the Royal Navy were built.

 

 

The feared Jolly Roger of the 18th century is intrinsically linked with the swashbuckling sea pirates of old. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement. As piracy declined – it nonetheless remained as an ominous symbol of lawlessness and violence. . .