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HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge a98_05144

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HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge a98_05144

TOWER BRIDGE, Stepney, London. Looking down onto the foredeck of the cruiser HMS Belfast. Being guided up the River Thames by two tugs on the approach to Tower Bridge, which is opening to let it pass. This was Belfasts last voyage before she moored in the Pool of London. It was there converted to a static visitor attraction and is now operated by the Imperial War Museum. Photographed by Eric de Mare in 1971

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This photograph, taken by Eric de Mare in 1971, showcases a significant moment in the history of HMS Belfast as it approaches Tower Bridge on its last voyage up the River Thames. The cruiser, guided by two sturdy tugs, is making its way to its new home in the Pool of London. The iconic Tower Bridge, an engineering marvel, is opening to let the mighty warship pass, its massive structure dwarfed by the size of the vessel. HMS Belfast, a formidable military ship, served the Royal Navy with distinction during World War II. It took part in several major battles, including the D-Day landings and the Battle of the North Atlantic. After an impressive military career, the cruiser was decommissioned and, in 1971, was converted into a static visitor attraction. Now, under the care of the Imperial War Museum, it stands as a testament to the rich maritime and naval history of London. The River Thames, a historic waterway, has played a crucial role in the city's development, serving as a lifeline for trade and transportation. The sight of HMS Belfast, with Tower Bridge in the background, is a poignant reminder of the intertwined relationship between London's maritime heritage and its iconic landmarks. This photograph, with its unique perspective from the foredeck of the HMS Belfast, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time when the River Thames was a bustling hub of naval activity. Eric de Mare's masterful composition and the timeless beauty of the scene make this image a must-see for history enthusiasts, maritime aficionados, and anyone with an appreciation for the rich tapestry of London's past.

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