Elli (1912)

Elli, date unknown. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

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Fei Hong was a protected cruiser, built in the US for the Chinese Navy. However, the Chinese cancelled the order, and she was sold to Greece as Elli in 1914. With most of the Greek Navy, Elli was commandeered by the French in 1916, in an effort to blackmail the Greek government to join the war on the side of the Allies. The French used Elli on convoy duties in the Mediterranean and Aegean until she was returned to Greece, along with the rest of the confiscated ships, after Greece joined the war in June, 1917. Elli was refitted in France in 1920, improving her anti-aircraft armament, and installing racks for sea mines. She saw action during the Greco-Turkish War, covering the evacuation of Smyrna with the future King Paul of Greece aboard as a sub-lieutennant. Elli continued in Greek service until she was sunk by the Italian submarine Delfino on 15 August, 1940, well before the Italians and Greeks were at war.

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Fun Fact: Post-war, the Italians gave the Greeks the cruiser Eugenio di Savoia as compensation for the sinking. The Greeks renamed her Elli.