'Oh blimey, that's some ship'

Launch of HMS Belfast - AP/Movietone, Far East Commission and arrival into the Pool of London IWM

John Harrison: “Oh, blimey. That’s some ship.” 

Ron Yardley: “My, my, my.” 

John Harrison: “When I first joined the Belfast it was like going into a house which had just been built, renovated, everything was sparkling new, and you were just like, well, heaven to a gunnery man, which I was.”

Mike Matthews: “There we are jumping in. Wasn't me, I went feet first. Every now and then, we'd stop the ship if the, the chance was there and have a hands to bathe. Bit disconcerting the first time you jump in, and you know that there's a few thousand fathoms underneath you instead of a few feet. But a nice way of cooling down if it's a hot day.”

Ron Yardley: “Oh my goodness me. Coming home again. I could have been one of these here. There's Morgan, Morgan Charles what a proud man he must have been. Without his efforts she will be long gone. And all the joy and happiness that she's brought since then is a very proud old lady. And I think we're even more proud of her. Been a very special day for me this has, very special.”

John Harrison, Ron Yardley and Mike Matthews served on board HMS Belfast.

We asked them to watch archive footage of the ship and share some of their memories of this special ship. 

This is what happened next....

Archive footage: Launch of HMS Belfast - AP/Movietone - Far East Commission and arrival into the Pool of London IWM

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