Some photos i took today of the guns and ammo of the WW2 era cruiser HMS Belfast (C35), which is moored as a floating museum on the River Thames in London, near Tower Bridge. Belfast is an ex Royal Navy Town Class cruiser, Built at the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. This shipyard is also where the RMS Titanic was built. Belfast was comissioned on 8th August 1939, was decomissioned in 1963, and opened as a museum ship in 1971.
Here is a photo of the Belfast, not taken by me, as I was going to taken one from the river bank once i got off, but my camera battery ran out.
The “F” Turret, (higher bow) taken from the deck. The Belfast has four main turrets, each with three separately loaded QF 6 inch guns. These guns could engage targets 14.5 Miles away, so I would not be safe where I am sitting now.
The breechblock of the QF 6 inch gun:
6 inch Breech open:
6 inch SAP/HE Projectile
Shells on the power operated rotary turntable in the shell room, where they would be hand loaded into hoists up to the turret along with their cordite bag charges. These are hollow fibre glass replicas.
Shell hoisting machinery:
Drill 6" Shells in racks in the shell room
Primer for the QF 6" Gun. This has been made into a handle for the turret door, it is about 8" Long. I would like to know the correct calibre and designation for this.
Headstamp of the primer. I’d like to know the maker.
Another door handle, made from a 20x110RB Oelikon case, I couldn’t see the headstamp on this one, it was in an awkward place.
The fire control table, below decks.
A twin 40mm Bofors 40/70 Mount, installed in 1959.
A cip of well weathered inert 40x364R Bofors rounds in another of the Belfast’s Bofors guns.
A dummy 4" Shell in a shell holder, and what appears to be a fuse setting machine. (Sorry couldn’t get a pic of the 4" Guns or twin mounts, camera battery ran out.
Finally a 3 Pounder Hotchkiss, I don’t know why this is on there. It could have been used as a signal cannon or added at a later date to show some of the ship’s older armament. I had to slip past a “NO ENTRY” sign on a chain and climb a ladder to a deck that wasn’t supposed to be open to the public to get this photo (while no one was looking!!). I saw the gun from another deck and just had to have a look.