[Bell Historians] Ships' bells

Andrew Higson andrew.higson at zOW7gtrW-zCvCuC4Si39ZcwRsGmq7humm49frsw-VdaDzHtp_xWYkt_iA0DcCSZ-ruh5YbNvWJEx5KD9sYQyQl7-uJeHbSsQ.yahoo.invalid
Tue Mar 9 08:52:02 GMT 2010

Or perhaps the Keltek trust?


Andrew Higson

John Taylor & Co.

The Bellfoundry

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From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com [mailto:bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert Lewis
Sent: 09 March 2010 00:54
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Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Ships' bells



A batch of ships' bells is coming up for auction at Bonhams Marine Sale in London on 24th March.  This includes the bell from Lord Mountbatten's ship - HMS Kelly.

Perhaps Romsey Abbey should make a bid for it.



Lot No: 10W
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.

Estimate: £2,500 - 3,500 

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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