HMS Douglas

HMS Douglas was already an old girl by the time World War Two started. Built by Cammell Laird in 1916 and commissioned in August 1918. She was 320 feet long and designed along with her sister ship HMS Bruce to be a large flotilla leader.

She saw active service towards the end of The First World War around Dover and the Belgium coast before being sent to Scapa Flow. In 1928 she was attached to the Mediterranean Fleet based in Malta and was one of seven ships deployed to Barcelona to evacuate British subjects during The Spanish Civil War.

She started World War Two still in the Mediterranean on convoy duties or more precisely Force H which was a distraction convoy allowing others to make for Alexandria. She returned to Scapa Flow and the Home Fleet and then on to Western Approaches Command where she saw action on the extremely hazardous Russian Convoys until she collided with a friendly ship and was withdrawn for repairs.

From this time on she was a short range escort shop and continued in active service until just after the end of the war when she was decommissioned and sold as scrap to the famous Thomas Ward ship breakers of whom it was said that during his lifetime he had brought enough ships to make up a fair sized navy.

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.

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