HMS London 69

HMS London, designated C69, belonged to the second batch of County-class heavy cruisers in the Royal Navy, differing from earlier Kent-class ships by featuring a smaller forward superstructure and less armor plating. Her service spanned over twenty years, starting with her construction at Portsmouth Dockyard in February 1926 and commissioning in January 1929.  

Initially part of the 1st Cruiser Squadron, she later underwent reconstruction at Chatham Dockyard from March 1939, emerging with significant modifications, resembling a Fiji-class light cruiser.  

During World War II, she participated in missions like pursuing the German battleship Bismarck and convoy protection duties in the North Atlantic. Post-war, she was refitted for further service and served in the Far East until 1949.  

Notably, she engaged in the Amethyst Incident in 1949, attempting to aid the trapped frigate Amethyst, but sustained damage and was eventually retired due to outdated machinery and high maintenance costs in 1950.

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: 23 - 02 - 1926
Launched: 14 - 09 - 1927
Displacement: 9,750 tons
Length: 633 ft
Speed: 32 knots
Range: 9,120 nautical miles
Propulsion: x4 Shaft Parsons geared turbines, x8 Admiralty 3 Drum boilers
Complement: 784
Fate: Scrapped 1950
Classification: County class


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