HMS Bluebell K80

HMS Bluebell (K80) was a flower class corvette built by Fleming and Ferguson in Paisley and launched on the 24th of April 1940.

This plucky hardworking little ship saw action in three of the most dangerous escort roles of the war,  in The Atlantic, The Mediterranean and The Arctic. She also took part in the invasions of Sicily and France, escorting Landing Ship Tanks from The Bristol Chanel to the beaches in Normandy.  

After being released from Normandy she returned to take part in further Russian convoys sailing from The Clyde and Loch Ewe to Kola Inlet in Murmansk. It was while waiting to escort Convoy RA 64 back from Kola Inlet that she was hit in the very last week of the war, by a torpedo from a U boat which detonated the depth charges she was carrying and sank in less than 30 seconds. Out of a crew of 86 there was only one survivor.

In 1981 The Flower Class Corvette Association was founded and each year in May has a reunion at Leamington Spar, after a wreath laying ceremony by the widows of HMS Bluebell (many of whom, by then had greying hair!) scatter bunches of bluebells across the base of the war memorial.  

Botanical artist Nick De Maid collaborated with James Taylor to create this beautiful edition, further examples of his work can be found at nicholasdemaid.com.

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: 25 - 10 - 1939
Launched: 24 - 04 - 1940
Displacement: 940 long tons
Length: 205 ft
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Boilers, x1 Triple-expansion steam engine
Complement: 86
Fate: Torpedoed & sunk 1945
Classification: Flower class


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