HMS Goat Fell

HMS Goatfell started life as The Paddle Steamer Caledonia in 1934 and was built for the Caledonian Steam Packet Company which later became part of Caledonian Mc Byrne.

Until the outbreak of war, she plied some of the Clyde routes until she was requisitioned and renamed HMS Goatfell and equipped as a minesweeper to work in The Clyde and its approaches. It’s hard to imagine a paddle steamer doing this work, but it doesn’t end there. She was on her way down the English coast to help evacuate the troops from Dunkirk but arrived too late due to refuelling problems en-route.  

She was refitted as anti-aircraft ship and stationed along the North Sea coast between The Humber and The Thames.

In June 1944 she took part in the D-Day Landings being stationed on Omaha Beach, after which she ended her war days as an escort ship in the Amsterdam approaches.

After the war she was handed back to her previous owners and once again plied the Clyde coast often working as the relief ferry between Brodick and Ardrossan; how apt to have been named HMS Goatfell during her war years.

By 1955 the boats plying The Clyde started to be replaced with the very first car ferries, so The PS Caledonia spent her last five active years doing sight-seeing tours around Bute.

She was eventually brought by the pub group Bass-Charrington in 1969 and sailed into The Thames to Victoria Embankment where she became a floating pub until in 1980 a terrible fire gutted her, and she was towed to Sittingbourne where she was scrapped.

Part of this old girl lives on as her engines were removed and are preserved at The Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook, Hampshire.

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: Circa 1933
Launched: 01 - 02 - 1934
Displacement: 623 tons
Length: 232 ft
Speed: 17 knots
Propulsion: Horizontal steam triple expansion
Fate: Scrapped 1980
Classification: Flower class


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