The Arctic Convoys


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The Arctic Convoys of the Second World War saw HMS Belfast and ships of both the Merchant and Royal Navies make perilous journeys in sub zero temperatures to ensure vital supplies reached Russian shores. Aspects of the convoys will be portrayed on board.

Four million tons of supplies, including over 5,000 tanks and 7,000 aircraft for use by Soviet forces fighting against the German Army on the Eastern Front were carried to North Russia.

Actors will retell the story of this journey described by Winston Churchill as 'the worst journey in the world' giving visitors the chance to meet the Admiral in his quarters, an area of the ship not normally open to the public, as well as the Captain on the Bridge.

They can hear first-hand what life was like for the crew on board fighting horrendous weather with temperatures as low as minus 30C, while under attack.

Visitors will also get the chance to see the Naval Wargames Society re-enact the Battle of Barents Sea which saw German surface vessels intercept the British convoy JW 51B North of Norway on its way to Russia. This battle which climaxed on New Year's Eve 1942, saw four British destroyers fend off a massive German attack without losing a single merchant ship; an event which Churchill declared 'ended the German dream of another High Seas Fleet'. Modern day gamers will be able to see if they can do as well as their historical counterparts or be left reaching for their life belts.

The activities will run throughout both days also giving visitors the chance to experience 4inch gun drills.

  • 11am-4.30pm


HMS Belfast
Morgans Lane, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JH
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15.50; senior citizen and student conc 12.40; under-16s free


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