HMS Belfast (35)
British Light cruiser
|Name||HMS Belfast (35)|
|Type:||Light cruiser (Belfast)|
|Completed||1939 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Date of attack||21 Nov 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-21 (Fritz Frauenheim)|
|Position||56.06N, 02.55W - Grid AN 0537|
|Complement||? men (1 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Firth of Forth (21 Nov) - Firth of Forth|
|History||HMS Belfast (35) was commissioned in August 1939.|
|Notes on loss|
At 10.58 hours on 21 Nov, 1939, HMS Belfast (35) (Capt G.A. Scott, DSC, RN) struck a magnetic mine laid on 4 November by U-21 near May Island, Firth of Forth. The cruiser was on gunnery exercises together with HMS Southampton (83) (Capt F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) and HMS Afridi (F 07) (Capt G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN). The explosion broke the back of the ship, caused extensive damage and injured 21 crew members, one of them dying of wounds on 30 November. She was taken in tow to Rosyth for temporary repairs by HMS Krooman and the British steam tug Brahman, later assisted by the British steam tugs Bulger, Grangeburn and Oxcar and escorted by HMS Vivien (L 33) (LtCdr W.D.G. Weir, RN).
On 3 Jul, 1940, HMS Belfast (35) arrived at Plymouth and was rebuilt at Devonport Dockyard until December 1942.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 2 people who were on this vessel|
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