HMCS Lévis K115

HMCS Lévis was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Canadian Navy that participated in convoy escort duties during WW2.  

She was the first Canadian Flower-class corvette to be sunk in the conflict, commissioned on January 24, 1940, as part of the 1939-1940 Flower-class building program. Construction began at George T. Davie Shipbuilding in Lauzon on March 11, 1940, and she was launched on September 4 of the same year.

After joining the fleet, Lévis was assigned to escort convoys in the Northwest Atlantic.While escorting convoy SC-44 as part of the 19th Escort Group, Lévis was torpedoed at 0205 local time on September 19, 1941, by U-74, commanded by Eitel-Friedrich Kentrat, east of Cape Farewell.The torpedo explosion on the port side killed all but two of the ratings in the stokers’ messdeck and flooded compartments up to the No. 2 bulkhead.

The surviving crew abandoned ship to the corvette Mayflower, leaving a damage control party of 10 officers and ratings on board. Mayflower towed Lévis for approximately 12 hours, but due to the buckled and unsealed No. 2 bulkhead, the ship sank at 1710 local time that same day. Of the crew, 91 were rescued, while 18 were killed in the attack.

This edition print recorded on fine art stock via a large format mimeograph and generally referred to as Giclée prints of premium quality. The paper is white 100% a-cellulose with a distinct textured surface and the premium matt inkjet coating more than meets the highest industry standards vis-à-vis density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness, while preserving the extraordinary touch and feel of genuine art paper. The editions depicted on Iconic Reserve are not representative of scale and solely for the purpose of suggestive display.

The edition comes with a Sterling Silver anchor with a minimum millesimal fineness of 925 which is not pierced through the print but is available on request. The print is also available without the anchor on request.

Laid down: 11 - 03 - 1940
Launched: 04 - 09 - 1940
Displacement: 925 long tons
Length: 205 ft
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 3,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Fire tube Scotch boilers, x1 4-cycle triple-expansion
Complement: 85
Fate: Torpedoed 1941
Classification: Flower class


Signed limited edition
1 of 200, 470mm x 210mm
Fine art paper 230 gsm