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HMS Belfast


HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast is a former Royal Navy cruiser, now a museum ship. She is permanently moored on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.

HMS Belfast served with the Royal Navy during and after World War II (including taking part in the D-Day landings), and the Korean War. She continued to serve with the Royal Navy until 1963, when she was paid off.

Since 1971, HMS Belfast has been a museum ship open to the public, and is today permanently moored on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.

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HMS Belfast

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HMS Belfast: Cruiser 1939 (Seaforth Historic Ships Series)

By Richard Johnstone-Bryden

Seaforth Publishing
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HMS Belfast, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, is now permanently moored on the Thames in London. One of ten Town-class cruisers she saw service on the icy Arctic convoys during the Second World War and was also present for the bombardment of the D-Day beaches in 1944. Later, she saw service during the Korean War. As is the case for many historic ships, however, there is a surprising shortage of informative and well illustrated guides, for reference during a visit or for research by enthusiasts - ship modellers, naval buffs, historians or students. This new series redresses the gap. Written by experts and containing more than 200 specially commissioned photographs, each title takes the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel - for example, the gun turrets and engine rooms - are given detailed coverage both in words and pictures, so that the reader has at hand the most complete visual record and explanation of the ship that exists. In addition, the importance of the ship, both in her own time and now as a museum vessel, is explained, while her design and build, and her career prior to exhibition are all described. No other books offer such superb visual impact and detailed information as the Seaforth Historic Ship Series - a truly groundbreaking concept bringing the ships of our past vividly to life.

The Cruiser Belfast (Anatomy of the Ship)

By Ross Watton

Brand: Conway Maritime Press
Released: 2010-04-06
Hardcover (120 pages)

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HMS Belfast was the largest British cruiser of the Second World War and saw distinguished service throughout the conflict, including playing a major part in the destruction of the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst. Today she is preserved as an historic monument on the River Thames in London.

As part of the renowned Anatomy of the Ship series, this book provides the finest documentation of the Belfast, with a complete set of superb line drawings, supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history.

HMS Belfast: Cruiser 1939 (Seaforth Historic Ship Series)

By Johnstone-Bryden Richard

Brand: Naval Institute Press
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HMS Belfast, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, is now permanently moored on the Thames in London. One of ten Town-class cruisers she saw service on the icy Arctic convoys during World War II, at the bombardment of the D-Day beaches in 1944, and during the Korean War. This well illustrated guide provides reference for ship modelers, naval buffs, historians and students. Containing 200 specially commissioned photographs, it takes the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel--for example, the gun turrets and engine rooms--are given detailed coverage both in words and pictures, so that the reader has the most complete visual record and explanation of the ship that exists.

HMS Belfast: In Trust for the Nation, 1939-1972 (Warship Series)

By John Wingate

Profile Publications Ltd.
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Firing on Fortress Europe: HMS Belfast at D-Day

By Nick Hewitt

Imperial War Museum
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As D-Day unfolded on June 6, 1944, one of the ships supporting the invasion was the HMS Belfast, a Royal Navy light cruiser. Now a popular floating museum on the Thames, the Belfast played an important part not just in the events of that day, but in the longer Battle for Normandy. This book uses firsthand accounts from the rich collections of the Imperial War Museums to tell the story of the planning of and build-up to D-Day, the action and danger of that day, and the ship’s subsequent history. Packed with testimony from oral histories, diaries, memoirs, and letters, as well as more than two hundred color photographs, it brings the heroism of D-Day vigorously to life.

The Cruiser HMS Belfast (Anatomy of the Ship) by Ross Watton (2003-08-30)

Conway Maritime Press Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (2003-08-30)
Hardcover

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HMS Belfast Pocket Manual

By John Blake

Osprey Publishing
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A familiar sight on the Thames at London Bridge, HMS Belfast is Royal Navy light cruiser, one of a group of ten Town-class cruisers, built in Belfast and launched in March 1938. Commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939 she struck a German mine requiring repairs that lasted two years.

She returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armor, and saw action escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union and played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944 Belfast supported the Normandy landings in Operation Overlord and in 1945 she was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet.

After the war she saw action in the Korean War and a number of other overseas actions before entering reserve in 1963. She has been part of the Imperial War Museum since 1978, receiving more than 250,000 visitors annually.

This little book comprises a series of documents that give information on the building of the ship, her wartime service history, and life on board.

The Ships That Came to the Pool of London: From the Roman Galley to the HMS Belfast

By Nick Robins

Amberley Publishing
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The Ships That Came to the Pool of London: From the Roman Galley to the HMS Belfast
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The Pool of London has long been a busy place. It has been the focus of sea-borne trade with the city since the Roman galleys first arrived with exotic cargoes. After the Industrial Revolution the sailing packets were followed by wooden-hulled paddle steamships in the coasting trades, while the deep sea fleets still relied on both sail and steam. Imposing warehouses were constructed to store goods safe from the weather; several survive to this day, including Butler’s Wharf and Hay’s Wharf on the south bank of the Upper Pool. The Pool developed an important connection with Northern Europe and the near Continent as ships travelling further afield became larger and migrated to the new dock systems. Barges cluttered up the riverside wharves delivering and collecting goods from up and down river and transhipping goods from the docks. This is the story of the ships that came to the Pool and with it, the development of London as a port and an international commercial centre. It is an exciting story, full of colour and bustle that will appeal to a wide readership including the many visitors that come to see HMS Belfast.


 
 
 

 
 
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