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Old 15-12-2009, 10:32
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By the by, the officer responsible for delivering HMS Belfast to her current berth near Tower Bridge was Lt Cdr Robbie Robinson MBE, RN, a dear old friend now deceased. He was a fascinating character and his DT obituary here is well worth reading.
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Nice to read his obit. He must have been a nice man.

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Old 15-12-2009, 17:37
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the silver bell aboard HMS Belfast was presented to her when she was commissioned by the City of Belfast but then put into store when the war began, very shortly afterwards, and a standard pussers brass bell issued for war service. After war service the brass bell was replaced by the "Belfast" bell. If you look inside the rim you will find the names of the 54 childred who were christened aboard during her service. This silver bell was refurbished a couple of years ago and the names re-inscribed as was the lettering as years of elbow grease was wearing them away. I forget the excact weight of the silver but I think its in the region of 34 kilos, very heavy, you wouldn't run very far carrying it!
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Old 15-12-2009, 18:28
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Pardon my ignorance, but why would christenings take place on board RN ships? Is this a Navy tradition for serving seaman's children?
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Pardon my ignorance, but why would christenings take place on board RN ships? Is this a Navy tradition for serving seaman's children?
There is a long standing tradition of having christenings onboard, the ships bell inverted is used & the childs name engraved on the bell. My son was christened in Tiger, I don't know the origin of this tradition, but I expect someone will give an explanation.
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I have just found this thread Tim and viewed the video - it worked fine. The contemporary footage of the Belfast and Scharnhorst was particularly interesting. I thought the Battle of the North Cape was covered well in the time available, simplified perhaps but all the essentials were there. Pity the second line of subtitles was clipped though.

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Although the site says that the clip lasts for 13 minutes. It appeared to stop after 2 minutes. Some nice footage on view.

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Although the site says that the clip lasts for 13 minutes. It appeared to stop after 2 minutes. Some nice footage on view.
I noticed that it stops and starts again. Try again and wait a bit longer.
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Many thanks Bill, tried a couple of more times with AOL and it wouldnt run past two minutes. Managed to view it with Firefox though
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On the occasions Belfast has been moved to drydock for maintenance, has she been towed as essentially an inert object, or has she had manual / emergency stearing ?
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She was last moved over seven years ago when she was towed to Portsmouth for docking and painting. She has no power and therefore depended entirely upon the tow. I had an office onboard BELFAST at the time and we were moved ashore to Tooley Street for the period of the docking. It was quite impressive to see her being towed under Tower Bridge and then brought back.
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I know it is a ludicrous idea but I wonder what it would both take and cost to get her back to full working order??!!
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Just wish she could be re-docked and that ridiculous paint-scheme removed. She looks awful dazzle-painted in her current build !!!!!!
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Terry...........get her back in working order? Be cheaper to build a couple more aircraft carriers (large) I reckon!
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I was wondering about that...who decided to put her in the Atlantic camo scheme Belfast is in? I think the decided to put the USS North Carolina in a camo scheme as well. All that does is cost more money for paint.

I liked the paint scheme Belfast had in her last visit to Pearl Harbor. That very light paint color made her the bell of the ball in harbor that week! Made the American gray even duller looking.
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We did as well Don.

Sadly the decision to paint her in "wartime dazzle" was probably a misguided attempt to make her more attractive to tourists!!
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Terry,
Bite me:P i like the color she has..
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I know it is a ludicrous idea but I wonder what it would both take and cost to get her back to full working order??!!
That would be fantastic!
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Why not move HMS Belfast to the new RN museum?
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Hi Jackaroo.I think the RNA london would complain bitterly about that! Their branch uses the Wardroom for their meetings!!...Steve
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Hi Jackaroo.I think the RNA london would complain bitterly about that! Their branch uses the Wardroom for their meetings!!...Steve
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But then Jackaroo they would have to shell out for the meeting place.

My sis's office is adjacent to her berth and she recently had lunch on board. Said it was a great tour but still couldn't see why her brothers spent years in grey boxes on rough waters. Girls !!! I ask yer

Invincible - You probably knew Scouse Hill [Ronnie - Ex Chief Sparker] who operated the RNARS station on board, usually over the Easter Weekends ??

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some of you might remember our long fought campaign, actually slightly longer that the real campaign, to bring the plight of Belfast's masts to the awareness ofr our Russian friends in recognition of her two years on the Artic convoys. Well, I am delighted to tell you that results are now a-coming. The Russian Government and big industry has heard our call and in swinging into action. This report from the Evening Standard will hopefully be the first of several culminating in the full job being accomplished. I shall keep you all closely informed and with pictures as the situation develops.
In the words of the Admiralty to Adm B.F. aboard Duke of York after hearing of the sinking of the Scharnhorst "Grand, well done"....

Which was followed by a signal from Adm. Fraser to "uncle Bob" aboard Belfast, "I'm off to Russia, follow me when you can"!!
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Hi Tim.That's great news! No more than the grand old lady deserves...Regards Steve.
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HMS Belfast During the Battle of North Cape by Randall Wilson

Under lowering arctic skies HMS Belfast (Admiral Burnets Flagship) leads HMS Sheffield and HMS Norfolk in the race to protect convoy JW55B from Scharnhorst.

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