Museum Ships In Focus

A warship's rigging in black and white
HMS Belfast Rigging and Radar

What do the HDMS Peder Skram in Copenhagen and HMS Belfast in London having in common? They are both museum ships!

Museum Ships In Focus

HDMS Peder Skram

a warship moored at harbour in Copenhagen
HDMS Peder Skram

The HDMS Peder Skram, code named (as you can see) F352. It is named after a 16th Century Danish Admiral. It is now docked in Holmen which is in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now the ship functions as a privately owned museum having been saved from scrapping and fully restored. But, it was once a fully functioning part of the Danish navy.

The Peder Skram was equipped with an innovative hybrid propulsion system and a combined gas and diesel turbine. It saw 25 years of service and was decommissioned in 1990. But it has an interesting history! On 6 September 1982 it accidentally fired a harpoon missile which luckily hit a row of empty cottages (which burnt to the ground). No-one was hurt. Since then it has had the nickname ‘Hovsa Missil’ or ‘Oops Missile’. The exact cause of the malfunction was never found.

HMS Belfast

the white ensign flag
The White Ensign Flying On HMS Belfast

The HMS Belfast is a town-class light cruiser built for the British Royal Navy and commissioned in 1939. It is now a museum ship operated by The Imperial War Musem and is permanently moored on the River Thames in London.

A warship's rigging in black and white
HMS Belfast Rigging and Radar

Not long after her launch the ship hit a mine and was out of action for three years for repairs. Fitted with one of the most advanced radar systems, on her return she was heavily involved in protecting Arctic convoys. These were vital in delivering supplies to the Soviet Union. Later she was involved in supporting the D-Day landings.

a view of a museum ship the HMS belfast showing its gun placements
HMS Belfast Gun Placements

In the Battle of North Cape, HMS Belfast sank the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst with the loss of most of the cruiser’s crew. After the end of the Second World War, the ship was used in the Korean War to support retreating American and South Korean troops. She retired in 1963 after spending the last years of her active life on peacekeeping duties.

These are just two examples of museum ships of course. All of the images illustrating my blog are for sale as fine art prints, just click on an image to be taken to a page with more information.

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I am having fun living half way up a mountain in Central Italy with my husband Barnet Boy, Stevie Mouse and the rest of my fur family. I am enjoying creating art that people will love having on their walls. I also love storytelling through my blog and short stories.

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