Saturday, June 06, 2015

'HMS Belfast'

London The Unfinished City
Gateway Services: Targeted.
Saturday June 6, 2015.

It was while walking around the 
Unfinished City, and its environs, that I managed to grab yet another image of this iconic piece of Royal Navy history. Thankfully, the sun was just right and the crowds were few, which allowed me to get this shot, with the Tower of London in the background, rather than the standard shot of H.M.S. Belfast with Tower Bridge. I have clambered under, and over, her decks on a number of occasions, but on this visit it was purely for the photograph.

Brief History

HMS Belfast was launched on St. Patrick’s Day 1938 and was commissioned in August 1939.

In November of that year she struck a magnetic mine and spent two years undergoing repairs, before she returned to action by protecting Arctic convoys, in 1942. 

She played a major role in the sinking of the German Ship, Scharnhorst, in 1943, before taking part in the D-Day landings in 1944. In 1945 she joined the Pacific Fleet, before seeing action during the Korean conflict, between 1950-52. She stayed in service until 1963 and was due to be scrapped in 1967. 

In 1971 the Government placed HMS Belfast in the hands of the HMS Belfast Trust. She is now part of the Imperial War Museum.

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