HMS Hebe J24

HMS Hebe was a 245 foot Halcyon class minesweeper, one of 21 in her class built for The Royal Navy in the 1930’s and was commissioned in 1936. She took part in the evacuation at Dunkirk, and at one point she was the headquarters ship having on board the “Senior Officer Afloat” who masterminded the evacuation. The ship took 365 officers and men aboard and sent a gig to collect Viscount Gort who was Commander in Chief of the ill-fated British Expeditionary Force.

Between then and 1942 she was deployed by Western Approaches on escort duties on the Atlantic and Russian convoys until May 1942 when she was sent to The Mediterranean to undertake minesweeping duties based out of Malta. She took part in several operations including the invasion of Pantelleria, a small island off the coast of Sicily which would enable, once taken allow allied forces to bomb Sicily itself.

In November 1943 she was off the Italian city of Bari when she hit a mine and capsized within and sunk within four minutes with the loss of 37 of her crew.

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: 27 - 04 - 1936
Launched: 28 - 10 - 1936
Displacement: 875 long tons
Length: 245 ft
Speed: 16.5 knots
Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x2 Steam engines
Complement: 80
Fate: Mined 1943
Classification: Halcyon class minesweeper


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