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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is a preserved Royal Navy warship on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

HMS is part of the Imperial War Museum which has three facilities in London (Imperial War Museum London, HMS Belfast and the Churchill War Rooms), one at Duxford in Cambridgeshire and the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, UK

HMS Belfast is a cruiser that was launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1938. HMS Belfast saw action in World War II in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and the Korean War.

Due to a private initiative by the HMS Belfast Trust the ship was saved from the wrecker and was opened to the public in 1971, becoming part of the Imperial War Museum in 1978.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

Nine decks aboard the 187m-long ship are open to the public and give an idea of what life was like for the sailors on HMS Belfast.

The ship's mechanical systems below the waterline can also be seen as well as the upper deck including the bridge, gun platform and the main operations room. The horsepower of the mighty ship is equal to around 1,000 private cars.

HMS Belfast was home to around 950 sailors and they ate together in the Ship's Galley, which dates from a 1950's refit. Before that the men ate in smaller, more cramped messes.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast is popular with school parties and gives an excellent introduction to life on a British warship through original photographs, film and testimonies from the sailors who served on the ship.

UK schools and youth groups with children aged 8-18 can "Kip in a Ship" for up to three nights with breakfast included.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London, UK

HMS Belfast
The Queen's Walk
Tel: 020 7940 6300
Opening times: 4 November - 20 February 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)
21 February to October 10am - 6pm (last admission 5pm).
Adults £15.50; children under 16 are free.
The nearest tube stations to HMS Belfast are London Bridge on both the Northern and Jubilee lines and Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines.

HMS Belfast, River Thames, London

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