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How did this boat pass under the bridge?
Well, actually this boat (or vessel) is called HMS Belfast and its presence can be explained as follows.
The British have a long and proud naval history, and part of that history is on display in the heart of London. The HMS Belfast is moored in the Thames River amid some of the most popular tourist attractions in the nation. The Belfast was intended to be a different kind of cruiser - a "Southampton" class ship with 16 six-inch guns, instead of the 12 it ended up with. Design problems forced the Royal Navy to scale back on its plans for the ship and make it an "Edinburgh" class vessel. As the Second World War approached, the Belfast's role in protecting Britain became more important. That was illustrated in 1939 when the ship ran into a mine, suffering severe damage. The ship was out of commission for three years for repairs. But this was fortunate, because at the same time it was upgraded into one of the most fearsome ships in the fleet. Its capabilities were put to use as a flagship in the Arctic. After the war ended, the Belfast next saw action in the Korean War where it spent many long months on patrol before returning home.

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