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HAI 871 Helle (before conversion)


HAI 871 Helle (before conversion)

$ 47.00

New 1/1250 scale waterline model of the Greek cruiser Helle (Elli) before her conversion by Hai (HAI 871) as in 1913.

She was originally one of three cruisers of the Chinese Chao Ho class. Canceled by the Chinese, she was sold to Greece by New York Shipbuilding in 1914. Seized by Allied Powers in November 1916 and then operated by French Navy until Greece entered the war in June 1917.

Rebuilt 1920 with modern anti-aircraft and minelaying capabilities. Sunk at anchor August 15, 1940 by Italian submarine Delfino while Greece and Italy were at peace. War did not break out for another two months.


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