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ELLI light cruiser (1914)

Elli 1914

Elli 1939

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Έλλη <Elli> (ex-飛鴻 <Fei Hung>)   New York SB, Camden, USA 1910 4/5/1912 11/1913 // 14/5/1914 sunk 15/8/1940
  

Displacement normal, t

2600

Displacement full, t

2750

Length, m

97.5 pp 98.1 oa

Breadth, m

11.9

Draught, m

4.26

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 3 Thornycroft watertube boilers

Power, h. p.

7500

Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

coal 600 + oil 100

Endurance, nm(kts) 4500(10)

Armour, mm

deck: 25 with 51mm slopes, CT: 50

Armament

2 x 1 - 152/45 Armstrong Mk NN, 4 x 1 - 102/50 Armstrong P, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 6 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 37/27 Maxim, 2 x 1 - 450 TT

Complement

232

Ship project history: Cruiser was built in the USA under Chinese order as Fei Hung and completed in November, 1913, but was not redeemed by customer and 14/5/1914 she was sold to Greece, being renamed Elli (in English-speaking sources often there is writing Helle).
   On an original project she was close to British-built Chinese cruisers Chao Ho and Jing Swei, in particular, she had forecastle and poop, boilers with coal/oil combustion and mixed artillery. On trials she shown 20.3kts at 8640hp.
   In 1925-1929 Elli passed repair and modernization with conversion to cruiser-minelayer.

Ship protection: Ship was protected by only main deck with slopes, covered machinery.

Modernizations: 1917: + 1 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss

(1925-1929, F C de la Méditerranée, La Seyne, France): the poop was sheared (aft 152mm gun was thus installed one deck lower), superstructures were completely reconstructed, funnels were moved, mine rails for 110 mines were fitted aft, all armament was changed. Boilers were converted on pure oil-firing, however by 1940 speed because of deterioration of machinery did not exceed 18kts. Thanks to the spared weight, the thickness of main protected deck was increased to 51mm. New data was as follows:

Displacement standard, t

2115

Displacement full, t

2750

Length, m

97.5 pp 98.1 oa

Breadth, m

11.9

Draught, m

4.26

No of shafts

3

Machinery

Parsons steam turbines, 3 Thornycroft watertube boilers

Power, h. p.

7500

Max speed, kts

20.5

Fuel, t

oil 600

Endurance, nm(kts) 7000(10)

Armour, mm

deck: 51 with 51mm slopes, CT: 50

Armament

3 x 1 - 152/50 Armstrong Mk WW, 2 x 1 - 76/40 Armstrong N, 2 x 1 - 57/40 Hotchkiss AA, 2 x 1 - 450 TT, 110 mines

Complement

232

1930s: - 2 x 1 - 57/40; + 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II

Naval service: In 1916-1917 Elli served under French flag. Elli 15/8/1940 (before official declaration of war) was torpedoed and sunk by Italian submarine Delfino off island Tinos.

Elli 1930

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