HMS Belfast by Robert Taylor.
At the outbreak of World War II, H.M.S. Belfast had already joined the Home Fleet operating out of Scapa Flow. Patrolling north of the Faeroes in October 1939 she came across and captured the German liner Cap Norte. This success was short-lived, however, when she struck a mine, the explosion breaking her back. HMS Belfast rejoined the Home Fleet in November 1942, under the command of Captain (later Admiral Sir Frederick) Parham, HMS Belfast was the largest and arguably the most powerful cruiser in the Royal Navy. After repairs and modernisation she was the best-equipped cruiser afloat. Later she went on to play an important role in the Normandy Landings of June 1944.
|Item Code : DHM2104||HMS Belfast by Robert Taylor. - This Edition|
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Sir Frederick Parham (deceased)
|Admiral Sir Frederick Parham, GBE, KCB, DSO, Commander of HMS Belfast during World War 2. Born on 9th January 1901, he studied at the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth before becoming a midshipman on HMS Malaya in 1917. Rising to the rank of Commander by 1934, he took command of HMS Shikari in 1937 followed by HMS Gurkha in 1938. Now as a Captain, he took command of HMS Belfast from 1942 to 1944 and finally HMS Vanguard, the last British battleship from 1947 to 1949. He went on to take a number of higher posts in the navy, including Commissioner of the Admiralty, 4th Lord of the Admiralty and Commander in Chief of The Nore before retiring in 1959 as an Admiral. He died 20th March 1991, aged 90.|
Preserved as museum ship in 1971
Displacement: 10,000 tons Speed: 32kt Complement: 850 Armament: Twelve 6 inch guns in threes. Twelve 4 inch anti-aircraft guns in pairs and sixteen 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in mounts of eight as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in pairs. Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes and 3 aircraft.