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Anthonyc Posted 6 months ago
Hms Belfast on my walk

Never really appreciated how big and beautiful this ship is

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    • loislane 23rd July 2021 at 11:59 am

      Wonderful, that was my dad’s ship, he was torpedoed off it during the war, lost lots of friends.

      • Anthonyc 23rd July 2021 at 1:36 pm

        I’m sorry to hear that

      • Alan J 22nd October 2021 at 8:59 pm

        My Dad was on the Belfast 1941 to 1949, he told me about being torpedoed

        • loislane 22nd October 2021 at 11:40 pm

          Oh wow, I wonder if they knew each other…my dad was a stoker

        • Alan J 23rd October 2021 at 12:16 am

          Unfortunatley my Father Died over 30 Years ago, so we will never know for sure. They were the Tough Guys, i don’t know what he would think about todays world!.
          My youngest Daughter is obviously sad about not ever meeting Him, so a few Years ago she Went on the Belfast, and took this photo in the same spot. so she could sit where he had, she said it was good to feel a Connection with her GrandFather.

        • loislane 23rd October 2021 at 12:37 am

          That’s amazing, my dad died 23 years ago. He told me that he was also an admirals writer, so he would calculate how much fuel they needed.
          I’m sure that we can ask to see their names now.
          Pretty special ship, for courageous men.

        • loislane 23rd October 2021 at 12:39 am

          I’d like to think they met and were friends, makes me feel proud.

        • Alan J 23rd October 2021 at 12:58 am

          As a bit of nerdy history, the Royal Navy then was very big compared to today’s Navy. Not including Aircraft Carrier’s or Submarines. There were Four types, classes of ships, which then had sub classes.
          The Biggest were Battleships, Prince of Wales, King George 5 for example ( the Hood was a battle cruiser)
          Then Heavy Cruisers, one example HMS Drake, then the back bone of the RN The light Cruisers these had county class ie HMS Suffolk Norfolk etc, then the town class, HMS Belfast, Exeter, London, then the Colonial Class HMS Fiji, Jamaica, then the Leander class HMS Ajax, Achilles
          The smallest of the ships were destroyer’s, which escorted convoys and larger ships

          Both our fathers would have been on the Belfast when it with others engaged and sunk the Scharnhost.

          A Good film to watch is the battle of the River plate where you can see the Exeter and it’s almost identical to the Belfast

        • loislane 23rd October 2021 at 2:24 pm

          Thanks for that bit of history, I will certainly look up that film.

        • Neil Hrd 12th January 2022 at 7:34 pm

          My brother serves a volunteer guide on HMS Belfast every weekend. He tells me that they are always looking for archive material like this. Perhaps you could contact them.

    • Postage 23rd July 2021 at 9:40 pm

      Old ships

    • Jacqui 26 27th July 2021 at 3:17 pm

      My grandfather was based on the Thames at Bow creek , he was a shipwright and maintained the tugs that pulled the ships onto the Thames .

    • Tennis Son 2nd August 2021 at 10:41 am

      I have been on board Belfast and the wax model of a dentist attacking a patient really is scary !

    • Alan J 22nd October 2021 at 8:57 pm

      My Dads old ship, he served on Her 1941 to 1949