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Passenger ship TSS NEA HELLAS

"The NEA HELLAS arrived today; looks very nice. My partner who was on this ship in 1940 at the age of three was almost moved to tears when he saw it. Many thanks to you and your team!
Gabrielle Wimmer
Opernring 21
1010 Wien"



Nea Hellas was b
uilt after WWI  by the British-flag Anchor Line by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Shipyards at Glasgow Scotland.  Christened as the Turbine Steam Ship (T.S.S.) Tuscania, she went into service in 1921. 

Nea Hellas was the 'state of the art' of marine engineering at that time, capable of 16 knots.

During the Depression, 
the General Steam Navigation Company of Greece purchased the Tuscania to establish a Trans-Atlantic service between Greece and the U.S.  The ship  was  renamed Nea Hellas (meaning 'New Greece') and departed from Piraeus for her maiden voyage on May 19, 1939.  The New York Herald Tribune noted her first arrival in New York, reporting that during her first stay there, a series of parties and dinners celebrating her arrival were planned for the New York business, social, and diplomatic community.

Within months of her maiden crossing,
when WWII broke out in Europe, Nea Hellas was used by the allies to transport troops.  During the next seven years she was affectionately dubbed the 'Nelly Wallace' by her many soldier passengers.. 

Nea Hellas was returned to her Greek owner in 1947, and served as Greece's flagship for eight years, and then was replaced by the Olympia.  She was renamed  'New York'  served the northerly route between Germany, France, Canada, and Boston, and New York. 

By 1959, Nea Hellas was thirty seven years old.  On November 14, 1959 she returned to her home port of Piraeus for the last time, twenty years after her first departure as the pride of the Greek nation. 


Like all of our ocean liner models, this TSS Nea Hellas model has the following distinguished qualities:

- Scratch built from official plans

- Hollow hull construction, weighing less than 15 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 40 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)

- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.

- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.

-  No computer-printed paper deck.

- >95% of parts are wood and metal

We can make the name NEA HELLAS (instead of the one in Greek letters) as in the below photo per your request.