HMS Kildonan Castle MI 74

The RMS Kildonan Castle was a Royal Mail Ship and passenger liner that went into service with Castle Line, and its successor, the Union-Castle Line.

She was built to run the mail route from Southampton, England to Cape Town, South Africa starting in 1900. However, she began her life early, in December 1899, being requisitioned by the government to carry 3,000 troops to Cape Town at the start of the Boer War, and was temporarily used in South Africa to house POW’s. She returned to England in 1901 for an outfitting to carry passengers and mail.

She was one of nine ships on the England-South Africa run. At the outbreak of World War I, she replenished the South African Army with arms and ammunition. She also served as a hospital ship during the Dardanelles Campaign, outfitted with 603 beds, and converted in March 1916 to an armed merchant cruiser. In January 1917, she took Lord Milner and 51 VIP delegates from England, France and Italy to Murmansk, Russia, on the Petrograd Mission.

She then undertook convoy duties in the North Atlantic, returning to her normal South African mail run after the war. During the Roaring 20’s, the Kildonan Castle was one of 38 ships in the Union-Castle Line fleet.

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 1898
Launched: 22 - 08 - 1899
Displacement: 5,105 tons
Length: 515 ft
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 7,800 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Screw, x2 Steam 4 cylinder, x2 Stroke double acting engine
Complement: 603
Fate: Scrapped 1931
Classification: Steel Screw Steamer


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