BARROW-IN-FURNESS SHIP LAUNCHES

A SMALL COLLECTION OF COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS

HMS Powerful, July 24th, 1895, WM 32.35mm, issued by C.G. Iliffe, Jeweller, Barrow

HMS Powerful, July14th, 1895, AE 41.58mm, issued by W. T. Story,  Barrow

HMS Vengeance,July 25th, 1899, WM 35.78mm, issued by C.G. Iliffe, Jeweller, Barrow

HMS Vengeance, July 25th, 1899, Phosphor Bronze, 38.03mm,  issued by Story, Barrow, signed A.C.C.

HMS Vengeance, July 25th, 1899, Roman Bronze, 37.96mm,  issued by Story, Barrow, signed A.C.C.

HMS Dominion, 25th August, 1903, AE 38.40mm, issued by Story, Barrow

HIMJS Katori, 4th July, 1905, AR 39.06mm, issued by Story, Barrow

HIMJS Katori, 4th July, 1905, Aluminium 38.38mm, issued by Story, Barrow

HIMJS Katori, 4th July, 1905, AR 39.06mm, issued by Story, Barrow, inset into, and removeable from, a silver ash-tray, hallmarked Birmingham, 1905, maker AF, probably Arthur Fenwick.  The engraved Japanese inscription reads "This ship was launched on 4th July in the 38th Year of the Meiji Period, (1905) in the presence of the Princess and Prince ARISUGAWA NO MIYA from the city of BARO (Barrow in Furness) shipyard". The large lettering reads "GUN KAN KATORI", (Battleship Katoti).

Argentinian Cruiser La Argentina, 16th March, 1937, WM gilt, 28.61mm

     There is a tradition in Barrow-in-Furness, which may be apocraphal, that when a naval warship was commissioned from the Barrow shipyard by a foreign power, the armour-plating specifications were tested at the Eskmeals artillery ranges, and only those which could be adequately pierced by British naval ordnance were accepted.