HMS Louis K515

The second HMS Louis (K515) was a frigate of the Royal Navy’s Captain class during World War II. Originally built as the United States Navy’s Evarts-class destroyer escort DE-517, she served in the Royal Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Construction began at the Boston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, on 9 July 1943. Launched on 13 August 1943, the vessel was later transferred to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease on 9 November 1943.

Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Louis (K515) on the same day as her transfer, she operated in anti-submarine patrols and convoy escorts in the Bay of Biscay, North Atlantic Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. Notably, on 24 August 1944, she sank the German submarine U-445 with depth charges west of St. Nazaire in the Bay of Biscay.

Louis was returned to the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 20 March 1946.

Subsequently, on 17 June 1946, the United States Government sold Louis to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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: 09 - 07 - 1943
Launched: 13 - 09 - 1943
Displacement: 1,140 tons
Length: 289.5 ft
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x4 General motors 278A 16 Cylinder engines
Complement: 156
Fate: Sold 1946
Classification: Captain class frigate


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