Official boat badge of HMS Delhi

The boat badge of HMS 'Delhi' 1918. An official pattern submitted in 1919. On a red field, an elephant caparisoned gold, with a lotus flower below. The design is based on the arms of the city of Delhi. The badge is pentagonal with a gold rope twist border representing an cruiser. It is made of cast brass, painted and drilled at the corners. 'DELHI' is inscribed on the reverse. HMS 'Delhi' was a Danae-class cruiser built by Armstrong-Whitworth and launched in 1918. At the end of the First World War she supported White Russian forces in the Baltic. During the Spanish Civil War she embarked Spanish refugees from Mallorca, Barcelona and Valencia. At the start of the Second World War, she served in home waters and North Sea. She captured the German merchant vessel 'Rheingold' on 25 October 1939. She later took part in allied landings in the Mediterranean and operations in the run up to D-Day. She was broken up in 1948.

Object Details

ID: AAA1908
Collection: Ship Badges
Type: Boat badge
Display location: Display - Neptune Court
Vessels: Delhi (1918)
Date made: After 1919
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 135 x 140 x 15 mm

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