“Hurrah . . . For The Life Of A Sailor . . .”

First issued in Directions 42

Hurrah for the life of a sailor 1The HMS Belfast is a warship which was retired from service in the 1950’s in its original state and is now permanently moored in the Thames near Tower Bridge.

This massive fully armoured ship was designed to eliminate the enemy, with every square inch devoted to this purpose. As a museum it is a very different and difficult environment for the visitor: enclosed cramped spaces, vertical stairways, corridors crammed with equipment and cabling. Once you leave the open decks, all sense of orientation is lost and few managed to find their way to see all areas open to the public.

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