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HMS Kelly (1938); Warship; Destroyer

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Collection Ship models, Powered warships
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsKelly 1938

Object details:

Object ID SLR1536
Description Scale: 1:192. Waterline model of HMS 'Kelly' (1938), a flotilla leader (‘K’-class) destroyer. The model is decked, equipped and rigged, with ‘Kelly’ and the maker’s initials and date of build, ‘H.M.W.57’ on the base. Built at Hebburn by Hawthorn Leslie, ‘Kelly’ measured 348 feet in length by 35 feet in the beam, displacing 1,695 tons. Her armaments comprised six 4.7-inch guns and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes. In 1939–41, ‘Kelly’ was captained by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the great-grandson of Queen Victoria and second cousin of George V. In March 1940 she was involved in a collision with the destroyer ‘Gurkha’. In May 1940, while taking part in Norwegian Operations she was torpedoed by a German E-boat. Severely damaged, she was taken under tow by the tug ‘Great Emperor’ and for four days she was attacked by E-boats and bombers as it struggled back to port at 3 knots. The Navy Controller wrote that she survived ‘not only by the good seamanship of the officers and men but also on account of the excellent workmanship which ensured the watertightness of the other compartments. A single defective rivet might have finished her’. 'Kelly' was repaired and returned to service in 1941 in the Mediterranean. On 23 May 1941, while aiding in the evacuation of Crete, she was sunk by air attack with the loss of 130 men. The film ‘In Which We Serve’, starring Noël Coward and telling the story of HMS ‘Torrin’, is based on the career of ‘Kelly’.
Date made 1957

Artist/Maker H. M. W.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials wood; cotton; paint
Measurements Overall model and base: 204 x 710 x 166 mm
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