HMS Forfar F30

HMS Forfar (F30) was a British ocean liner that was repurposed as an armed merchant cruiser by the Royal Navy in 1939 and subsequently sunk by enemy forces in 1940. Originally launched in Scotland in 1920 as a transatlantic liner named Montrose for the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company, she was one of three sister ships, alongside Montcalm (also launched in 1920) and Montclare (launched in 1921).

The Admiralty requisitioned Montrose on 4 September 1939, completing her conversion into an armed merchant cruiser by 6 November 1939. Due to the Royal Navy already possessing an HMS Montrose, the converted vessel was commissioned as HMS Forfar with the pennant number F30. On 2 December 1940, while on the Northern Patrol, Forfar had just left eastbound Convoy HX 90 and was heading to join westbound Convoy OB 251. At 05:46 hrs, about 500 nautical miles west of Ireland, the German submarine U-99 torpedoed her. Additional torpedoes struck at 06:39, 06:43, 06:50, and 06:57 hours, causing Forfar to sink rapidly after the fifth hit.

The Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS St. Laurent, British destroyer HMS Viscount, and British cargo steamship Dunsley rescued 21 survivors, who were then brought to Oban in Scotland.

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: 14 - 12 - 1920
Displacement: 9824 tons
Length: 548.7 ft
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Screw propellers, x4 Steam turbines x6, Steam turbines
Complement: 193
Fate: Sunk 1940
Classification: Armed merchant cruiser


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