11 July 2019
Livery Society tour of HMS Belfast
A private tour of HMS Belfast, organised by the Livery Society, took place on the 11th July.
A light cruiser, HMS Belfast, in common with the Titanic and the Canberra, was built in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She entered service in 1938 but in 1939 was one of the first victims of a new weapon, a limpet mine. She narrowly avoided being scraped. After extensive repairs and modifications HMS Belfast re-entered service in 1943, in time to take a decisive part in the sinking of the German battleship the Scharnhorst.
HMS Belfast also saw action supporting the D Day landings, where her ability to fire per minute 96 six inch shells, each weighing 110lbs, was used to good effect. Her final active service was during the Korean war.
She took her current mooring off Bakers Hall as part of the Imperial War Museum in 1971.
Moving from the engine room up five decks to the Admirals Bridge was a test of fitness and mobility but all delegates passed!
No one could fail to have been impressed by the courage and fortitude which all who served in uncomfortable and dangerous conditions must have displayed.