Allied Warships

HMS Belfast (35)

Light cruiser of the Belfast class

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byHarland & Wolff (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered15 Aug 1936 
Laid down10 Dec 1936 
Launched17 Mar 1938 
Commissioned3 Aug 1939 
End serviceFeb 1963 

Decommissioned in February 1963.
This ship is on display at London on the Thames river, a must see if one is in the area.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 21 Nov 1939 by U-21 (Frauenheim).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Belfast

Commands listed for HMS Belfast (35)

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1Capt. George Arthur Scott, DSC, RN24 Apr 19394 Jan 1940

2Capt. Charles Maurice Blackman, DSO, RN19 Jun 19404 Jul 1940

3Capt. Frederick Robertson Parham, RN29 Sep 194224 Jul 1944
4Capt. Royer Mylius Dick, DSC, RN24 Jul 194412 Jul 1946

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Notable events involving Belfast include:

9 Oct 1939
The German passenger ship Cap Norte (13615 GRT) is captured in the North Atlantic by the British light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. G.A. Scott, DSC, RN) in approximate position 63°00'N, 10°00'W.

21 Nov 1939
HMS Belfast (Capt. G.A. Scott, DSC, RN) hit a magnetic mine in the Firth of Forth in approximate position 56°05'N, 02°32'W. This mine was laid on 4 November 1939 by German U-boat U-21. The explosion broke the ships back and caused extensive damage. HMS Belfast was decommissioned at Rosyth on 4 January 1940 for temporary repairs. Mid 1940 she shifted to the Devonport Dockyard at Plymouth to be repaired.

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