A Ship's Bell, HMS Kelly, 1938 12in(31cm)diam.

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Lot 10W
A Ship's Bell, HMS Kelly, 1938
12in(31cm)diam.

Sold for £ 7,800 (US$ 10,444) inc. premium
A Ship's Bell, HMS Kelly, 1938
Polished metal, with black infilled lettering and broad arrow on back. With clapper and decorative lanyard. 12in(31cm)diam.

Footnotes

  • HMS Kelly K Class Destroyer, pennant F01. Built by Hawthorne Leslie on the Tyne and commissioned in 1939, she initially served with the home fleet. Damaged twice in action, both of which required return trips to the dockyard, she was torpedoed by a German E boat during the Battle of Norway in May 1940, only just managing to limp back to the Tyne, where she was decommissioned for extensive repairs. Recommissioned in December, after working up trails in the channel, she sailed for the Mediterranean, arriving in Malta in April 1941. On the 23rd May 1941, during the Battle of Crete, she was attacked by Stuka dive bombers and sank. During her entire career she was under the command of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who survived the sinking.

    This bell was removed when decommissioned in late 1940, and was not returned on board when Kelly sailed for the Mediterranean.
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