'She was a comfortable ship to live in'

'She was a comfortable ship to live in'

Mike Matthews served on board HMS Belfast as she neared the end of her active life at sea. He would go on to have a long career in the Royal Navy but back then, he was an engineer under training.

He remembers the adventure he had getting on board for the first time, life on the ship and how he learned how stay warm on long night shifts. 

Learn more about HMS Belfast's life of service in our special interactive telling the story of the ship and the men who called her home. 

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