HMS Hunter D80

The USS Block Island (CVE-8), initially named Mormacpenn, was an Attacker-class escort aircraft carrier built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, under a Maritime Commission contract. It was acquired by the US Navy in January 1943 and transferred to the UK as HMS Hunter (D80) through the Lend-Lease program. Renamed and commissioned by the Royal Navy, it served in the 21st Aircraft Carrier Squadron during World War II, participating in operations like Jurist and Tiderace.

During WWII, eight Attacker-class escort carriers, including the Block Island, served the Royal Navy. Built between 1941 and 1942 by Ingalls Shipbuilding and Western Pipe & Steel, they had modern amenities for their 646-man complement, such as centralized dining, laundry, and bunk beds.

Powered by four diesel engines, providing 8,500 brake horsepower, enabling a speed of 17 knots. Armament included various guns and anti-aircraft cannons, with a capacity of up to eighteen aircraft, including fighters like the Grumman Martlet and Vought F4U Corsair, and anti-submarine aircraft like the Grumman Avenger.

She was returned to the US in 1945 and later sold for merchant service as the Almdijk in January 1947, eventually scrapped in Spain in October 1965.

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: 15 - 05 - 1941
Launched: 22 - 05 - 1942
Displacement: 14,400 tons
Length: 491 ft
Speed: 18 knots
Range: 27,300 nautical miles
Propulsion: Steam turbines x1 Shaft
Complement: 646
Fate: Scrapped 1965
Classification: Attacker class escort carrier


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