The photos below are what we saw.
the street from St. Paul's were modern buildings.
found a restaurant on the 6th floor of a mall across the street
that had an outdoor deck and a sweeping view of the city.
This building is to the south and appears to have wind
generators built into the building.
west is St. Paul's.
rooftop terrace had a nice inlaid image.
was pricey, but good. The restaurant was very trendy and
filled with young business people and 3 old-timers.
Outside was a classical London pub with the smokers standing on
bronze statue was next to the pub. It commemorates the
Ward of Cordwainder which was the shoe-making district of
the street was another hotel with interesting statuary.
walked south to the Thames then turned east. On the river
walk we passed this interesting anti-intrusion device.
Oddly, the device guarded the garbage staging facility. It
is not clear why someone would want to steal garbage.
river walk, we got a clear and unobstructed view of the Shard.
crossed over to the south side of the river and could see the
newer iconic buildings of London.
objective was the HMS Belfast and we noted that there was an
additional ship moored along side. It turns out that the
National Geographic Society who runs the cruise had negotiated
mooring rights. The ship docked and the passengers could
depart via the Belfast. Note the Tower Bridge on the
background. The fantail of the Belfast provided the best
viewing of the operation of the bridge.
Belfast was a warship that served during WWII.
ship's bell was on display near the tourist area on the fantail
of the ship. There was self-guided audio tour, so we
decided to hike about a bit. But, Kathleen knew that the
Tower Bridge would be opened this afternoon, not once but
twice. So, we stayed close to the fantail so we could get
a good view of the action.
Belfast had 6" guns as the main battle armament. This is
the breech of the gun.
also had 4" guns on the sides of the ship.
shells came in brass shells. The 6" rounds were separate
and powered by gun cotton plugs.
to the interior of the ship to the machine shop.
ships at sea had machine shops which were required to maintain
ship's systems. This is a pretty good sized lathe, likely
an 8" swing.
lathe is a 12". All equipment was bolted to the deck to
prevent shifting when underway.
stop was the engine room where they had exposed the top half of
the steam turbine.
turbines drove the main screws via this transmission.
headed back topside in anticipation of the bridge being
opened. Above is the anchor.
out that the first bridge opening is to allow a tug to get to
the Nassau. The second opening is to allow the Nassau and
tug to head downriver.
of planes were crossing overhead. This whole area is on
the approach path to Heathrow.
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