'Oh blimey, that's some ship'

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

'Oh blimey, that's some ship'

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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  • HMS Belfast veteran John Harrison
    John Harrison

    John Harrison was among the first sailors to serve aboard HMS Belfast and could recall the moment she hit a magnetic mine in 1939. 

  • HMS Belfast veteran Ron Yardley
    Ron Yardley

    Ron Yardley served on HMS Belfast during the Korean War and remembers being thrown around in his hammock when her guns fired.

  • HMS Belfast veteran Mike Matthews
    Mike Matthews

    Mike Matthews was an engineer on HMS Belfast between 1961 and 1962. 50 years later, he says he still gets a tingle when he steps on board.