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Mr Monkey visits HMS Belfast, 16th March

"Well, you wouldn't want to ring a nice bell like that, would you?"

Mr Monkey looking at Y turret and the rear superstructure Mr Monkey looking at the battle honours of HMS Belfast

Mr Monkey looked at the three six inch guns of 'Y' turret looming over the quarterdeck, then inspected the silver bell presented to HMS Belfast by the people of Belfast in 1948. When the Belfast was in service, this bell was used as a font to christen children born to serving officers and crew rather than being sounded every half-hour to mark the passing of the watch. They had an ordinary bell for that. Mr Monkey inspected the board that displays the battle honours of HMS Belfast - the Arctic convoys and hunting the Scharnhorst at the North Cape in 1943, supporting the Normandy landings in 1944, and shelling the Korean coast in 1950-2.

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