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Type of ship: Royal Navy 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate. The oldest ironclad warship in the world.

Year built: 1860

This is one of my favorite tourist attractions in London. When you are taking a tour, it feels like the ship could set sail later that day (minus the mannequins).

HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy, currently permanently moored on the River Thames in London, England, and operated by the Imperial War Museum.


Construction of Belfast, the first ship in the Royal Navy to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St Patrick's Day 1938. Commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939, Belfast struck a German mine and spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Belfast returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armour. Belfast saw action escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943 and in December 1943 played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944, Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings. In June 1945, Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further combat action in 1950–52 during the Korean War and underwent an extensive modernisation between 1956 and 1959. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1963.


In 1967, efforts were initiated to avert Belfast's expected scrapping and to preserve her as a museum ship. A joint committee of the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, and the Ministry of Defence were established and then reported in June 1968 that preservation was practical. In 1971, the government decided against preservation, prompting the formation of the private HMS Belfast Trust to campaign for her preservation. The efforts of the Trust were successful, and the government transferred the ship to the Trust in July 1971. Brought to London, she was moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge in the Pool of London. Opened to the public in October 1971, Belfast became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978. A popular tourist attraction, Belfast receives over a quarter of a million visitors per year. As a branch of a national museum and part of the National Historic Fleet, Belfast is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, admissions income, and the museum's commercial activities. The ship was closed to visitors following an accident in November 2011 and re-opened on 18 May 2012.

HMS! Happy Miniature Sunday!


The harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall.

I don't think this works particularly well as a fake tilt-shift but getting the subject matter is more and more challenging!


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Join our group Miniature Sunday - HMS! and learn how to make these fake miniature shots!

I love to see my contacts there!


Explore #7

Fake tilt shift photography for

PK Challenge


Taken from a plane. The houses look like small models on a table


Explore and FP~~ THANK YOU FRIENDS!!

The Carriers 2nd visit to Liverpool


Hoya Pro1 CPL

Lee ND Grad Soft 0.6


Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset has shadowed a Russian submarine as it passed through the English Channel.


Taken at the Torbay Airshow, Paignton, Devon


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I used one of Colin's images (here) as a reference, FrigateRN

HMS Westminster (F237) docked in West India Dock, Canary Wharf. This Type 23 frigate is mainly used for anti-submarine warfare.

Taken during her first visit to Liverpool.

She appears here like a sleeping fire breathing Dragon


Explored May 24th 2009 #399

HMS Warrior was a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. Obsolescent following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS Devastation, she was placed in reserve in 1875, and was "paid off" – that is, decommissioned – in 1883.


She subsequently served as a storeship and depot ship, and in 1904 was assigned to the Royal Navy's torpedo training school. The ship was converted into an oil jetty in 1927 and remained in that role until 1979, at which point she was donated by the Navy to the Maritime Trust for restoration. The restoration process took eight years, during which many of her features and fittings were either restored or recreated. When this was finished she returned to Portsmouth as a museum ship. Listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Warrior has been based in Portsmouth since 1987.


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Sutherland passing Devils Pt , Plymouth heading for HM Naval Base7 April 2017.

Image taken from Admiralty Row, Mount Wise, Plymouth

HMS Victory at Portsmouth Royal Navy Dockyard, England


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The Rear Windows of the HMS Victory, Sitting in the dry dock at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory is on display at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, England.

Bristol - DSC_1978_79_80_tonemapped

HMS Victory Lord Nelson's ship lying at Portsmouth.

A shot taken in the Historic Dockyard of HMS Victory. I have worked in an office job in both buildings that you can see in the background - they were very happy days.

HMS Warrior in Portsmouth harbour

From the left : London Tower, HMS Belfast and the Tower Bridge.

HMS Illustrious was a light aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and the second of three Invincible-class ships constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1982, the conflict in the Falklands necessitated that Illustrious be completed and rushed south to join her sister ship HMS Invincible and the veteran carrier HMS Hermes. To this end, she was brought forward by three months for completion at Swan Hunter Shipyard, then commissioned on 20 June 1982 at sea en-route to Portsmouth Dockyard to take on board extra stores and crew. She arrived in the Falklands to relieve Invincible on 28 August 1982 in a steam past. Returning to the United Kingdom, she was not formally commissioned into the fleet until 20 March 1983. After the Falklands War, she was deployed on Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, then Operation Deny Flight in Bosnia during the 1990s and Operation Palliser in Sierra Leone in 2000. An extensive re-fit during 2002 prevented her from involvement in the 2003 Iraq War, but she was repaired in time to assist British citizens trapped by the 2006 Lebanon War.


Following the retirement of her fixed-wing British Aerospace Harrier II aircraft in 2010, Illustrious operated as one of two Royal Navy helicopter carriers. After 32 years' service, the oldest ship in the Royal Navy's active fleet was formally decommissioned on 28 August 2014 even though she would not be replaced until HMS Queen Elizabeth's commissioning in 2017. Despite the UK Ministry of Defence's announcement in 2012 that, once decommissioned, Illustrious would be preserved for the nation, in 2016 she was sold and towed to Turkey for scrapping. ( WIKIPEDIA)

HMS Warrior in Portsmouth historic dockyard.

HMS Warrior was the name ship of her class of two armoured frigates built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. She became obsolescent following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS Devastation, was placed in reserve in 1875, and was paid off in 1883. Please do not use this image on any blogs websites, or other media without my permission.

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HMS Belfast seen from the northern embankment of the River Thames near London Bridge. 25 second exposure. Explore #406, 19/11/14.

HMS Westminster is a Type 23 "Duke"-class frigate of the Royal Navy

This is the second time HMS Liverpool has paid her last visit to Liverpool

Victoria Embankment - DSC_5999_6000_6001_tonemapped


HMS Saxifrage was launched in 1918 as a Flower-class anti-submarine Q-ship. She was renamed HMS President in 1922 and moored permanently on the Thames as a Royal Navy Reserve drill ship. In 1982 she was sold to private owners, and having changed hands twice, now serves as a venue for conferences and functions, and serves as the offices for a number of media companies. Technically, she is now called HMS President (1918) to distinguish her from HMS President, the Royal Naval Reserve base in St Katherine Docks. She is one of the last three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War


President is permanently berthed in the River Thames on the Victoria Embankment in the City of London close to Blackfriars Millennium Pier and is listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels as part of the National Historic Fleet. The present owners plan to present her as an historical resource during the 2014-18 First World War centenary, as the U-Boat campaign of World War I was the greatest peril that Britain faced in 1917-18, and was the most critical naval conflict of that war.


Students of naval history can visit by appointment. The nearest London Underground stations are Temple and Blackfriars on the District and Circle lines. Blackfriars is a National Rail station.

25th April, ANZAC Day








HMS New Zealand was provided by the people of New Zealand and took part in the Battle of Jutland, one hundred years ago this year.

HMS Illustrious at the CLT this evening

HMS Dauntless docked at Portsmouth

I visited the HM Treasury building during the Open House London. The most interesting part was the circular courtyard. I was lucky enough to be able to take a long exposure and have the sun shining at the end I was taking a photo of.


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HM Transport A-973


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Location: South Station, Spectrum Midway Ext, Brgy Alabang, Muntinlupa City

HMS. Surprise just like Russell Crowe as Captain "Lucky Jack Aubrey." The ship used in the academy award winning film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World found a permanent home at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2004. HMS Surprise is a magnificent replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate.


Maritime Museum of San Diego

Looking at the captain's cabin on the Surprise makes one dream of the sea. Two hundred years ago this was the way to see the world. The original HMS Surprise was a captured French vessel from the Napoleonic wars.

HMS Alliance.


Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, UK.


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Nikor 18-35mm

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18th February 2013 - HMS Illustrious leaves Liverpool for the final time..

HMS Monmouth, I used a reference from the outstanding MOD Stream …


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HMS Belfast is a light cruiser, moored in The Pool of London and operated by The Imperial War Museum.


She was commissioned in August 1939, a few weeks before the outbreak of World War Two. Soon damaged by a German mine as she implemented a blockade, she required repairs for two years. She was then tasked to escort the Atlantic convoys which reinforced Russia, and in December 1943 was part of the action off North Cape which destroyed the German battleship Sharnhorst. On 6th June 1944 she provided fire support for the D-Day landings, not quite the first ship to open fire though, as is often thought. She is one of just three of the bombardment ships which remain in existence. The other two are in the USA. She saw action in The Korean War 1950-1952 and was placed in reserve in 1963. She now is part of the National Historic Fleet. Controversially, she was airbrushed out of a photo to promote The London Olympics of 2012. As Basil Fawlty had advised some years earlier, "Don't mention ze varr!"


Here we see her six inch (152mm) main armament trained on Scratchwood Motorway service station 18.5 km away, their maximum range. Presumably the captain has had a meal there!


HMS Belfast on a misty morning.

HM Coastguard Mitsubishi L200 Reg HF62 GXJ seen in portrush at the Airshow

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