HMS Campbeltown

HMS Campbeltown, originally the USS Buchanan, was a Town-class destroyer transferred from the US Navy to the Royal Navy in 1940 under the Destroyers for Bases Agreement. Notable for her role in the St Nazaire Raid of 1942, she underwent modifications and was renamed HNLMS Campbeltown while on loan to the Royal Netherlands Navy before being returned to the Royal Navy.

The St Nazaire Raid, also known as Operation Chariot, aimed to neutralize the German battleship Tirpitz by destroying the drydock at Saint-Nazaire. Campbeltown was selected for a special operation to ram the dock gates loaded with explosives. Accompanied by British Commandos, she underwent modifications to disguise her appearance. The operation took place on March 28, 1942, resulting in heavy casualties among the attackers. The delayed explosion of the charges rendered the drydock unusable for the remainder of the war.

The raid led to further chaos with delayed-action torpedoes detonating, causing panic and civilian casualties. Lt-Cdr Beattie, commanding Campbeltown, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the operation, which also resulted in numerous other military decorations.

Jeremy Clarkson’s the Greatest Raid of All is well worth seeking out to understand this incredible ship and its mission.

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: 29 - 06 - 1918
Launched: 02 - 01 - 1919
Displacement: 1,260 long tons
Length: 314 ft
Speed: 35.5 knots
Range: 5,300 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x4 Normand return flame boilers, x2 Brown Curtis single reduction turbines
Complement: 158
Fate: Expended 1942
Classification: Town class


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