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The Danmark, Leeds Castle and Belfast.
|Danmark, Leeds Castle and Belfast.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H0392|
|Description: The vessels on the right of the picture are the 'Danmark' (left), HMS 'Leeds Castle' (centre) and HMS 'Belfast' (right). The cruiser HMS Belfast was launched in March 1938 and served throughout the Second World War, playing a leading part in the destruction of the German battle cruiser 'Scharnhorst' at the Battle of North Cape and in the Normandy landings. After the war, she supported United Nations forces in Korea and remained in service until 1965. In 1971 she was saved for the nation as a unique and historic reminder of Britain's naval heritage in the first half of the 20th century. HMS 'Leeds Castle' is a fishery protection and offshore patrol vessel, and was commissioned in 1980. The 'Danmark' (1932) is a Danish sail training vessel. She is still active, and makes cruises to the West Indies and the United States of America. In the distance of the photo is Tower Bridge, completed in 1894.|
|Date: 22 September 1981|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|