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Mr Monkey visits HMS Belfast, 16th March

"I think I prefer it outside"

Mr Monkey looking towards the prow of HMS Belfast Mr Monkey inside 'A' turret

Out on deck, Mr Monkey had a quick look up the river, then darted into 'A' turret. He thought it was very cramped, and hated to think what it would be like with the full crew of 27 men in there to work the three 6-inch guns. Another 22 men were needed to supply the ammunition from the magazine and shell room beneath the turret. The guns are 6"/50 BL Mark XXIII, capable of firing a 112 pound shell up to 14½ miles.

You can read about the 6-inch guns at the Naval Weapons of the World website.

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