HMS Chrysanthemum

HMS Chrysanthemum, an Anchusa-class sloop of the Royal Navy, was launched on November 10, 1917. Originally intended for anti-submarine duties, she served in the Mediterranean and later became a drill ship for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) and Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) in 1938.

Chrysanthemum’s construction included two 4-inch BL guns, torpedo tubes, and depth-charge throwers.

Throughout her service, she undertook various roles including convoy duty, target towing, and rescue operations. In 1938, she became a drill ship moored on the River Thames, serving as a boot camp for navy recruits during World War II. Post-war, she continued as an RNR base and even hosted a rugby union club.

In 1938 HMS Chrysanthemum was docked permanently on the River Thames next to HMS President.

Decommissioned in favor of a new drill ship, HMS President, she was sold to Inter-Action charity in 1988. Notably, she was used in the filming of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” in 1988 before being scrapped in 1995 due to extensive hull rust.

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:
Launched: 10 - 11 - 1917
Displacement: 1,290 long tons
Length: 250 ft
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 93
Fate: Scrapped 1995
Classification: x4 Cylinder triple expansion engine, x2 Boilers x1 Screw


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