London Landmarks & Attractions
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HMS Belfast is the last surviving example of the big gun cruisers that once helped Britain rule the waves. Launched in 1938 she is now preserved as a floating museum anchored on the Thames near Tower Bridge. She was commissioned in 1938 at an estimated cost of over £2 million and was made by Harland & Wolff in Belfast. Designed to be able to protect trade, be involved in offensive action and support amphibious operations, she held a crew of over 950 men. The HMS Belfast has a distinguished war record. Possibly her most famous role was in the sinking of the battle cruiser Scharnhorst at the Battle of North Cape on December 26, 1943. She fired the first shots on D-Day, attacking a battery at Ver sur Mer.