Greek elder statesman, Themistoklis Sofoulis, boards Destroyer RHS Vasilissa Olga (D-15) of the Royal Hellenic Navy.
Piraeus Greece Date:1939 Duration:1 min 7 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Themistoklis Sofoulis (Sophoulis) Speaker of the Greek Parliament, arrives at the port of Piraeus. Officials greet and welcome him. A color guard of Greek sailors presents arms in salute as Sofoulis is taken by the arm and escorted by a Greek admiral. He doffs his hat in acknowlement. With the Admiral at his side, and , surrounded by civilian officials,and several naval officers, he makes his way to a Greek Navy destroyer tied up at the pier. A junior officer assists him as he ascends a gangway to board the ship. On deck, the ship's captain greets him and introduces several junior officers who salute and shake hands with Sofoulis. The Greek National flag is seen fluttering in the breeze from the ship's mast. View of ship's bow as forward line is hauled aboard. The Greek State Flag is seen displayed from the ship. View from the pier as the ship backs away, followed by views underway, when the number "15" is seen clearly displayed on her hull, identifying her as the Destroyer, Vasilissa Olga. (Note: The Vasilissa Olga and several other Greek warships sailed to Alexandria Egypt, following the German invasion of Greece in 1941. From there, she participated with the British in a number of actions at sea during the war. She was sunk, during a German air raid on September 26, 1943, at the Gulf of Lakki in Leros.)
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