HMS Oak H12

HMS Oak was an Acheron Class Destroyer launched on the 5th of September 1912. With a length of 246 feet and a displacement of 990 tons a crew of 70 she served as the tender to the flagship of The Grand Navy during WW1.

She had been modified for this role and was faster than the rest of her class and painted in a distinctive white rather than the traditional grey. As “Tender to The Flagship” she often carried dignitaries which included George V, Queen Mary and The Prince of Wales.  

On the 5th June 1916 she carried Lord Kitchener to Scapa Flow for a meeting after which he transferred to HMS Hampshire where later that same day The Hampshire struck a mine and sank with great loss of life including Field Marshall Kitchener himself.

At the end of the war in 1918 HMS Oak carried the German Rear Admiral Hugo Meurer to the flagship to discuss terms of the German navy’s surrender.

In 1943 she was handed over to The Greek Navy and renamed Apostolis. After the war ended she remained in The Greek Navy where she operated during The Greek Civil War on the side of the army, returning to The Royal navy in 1951 and was sold for scrap the following year.

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: Circa 1912
Launched: 05 - 09 - 1912
Displacement: 990 tons
Length: 246 ft
Speed: 32 knots
Range: Scrapped 1951
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x2 Parsons turbines, x3 Yarrow oil-fired boilers
Complement: 70
Fate: Scrapped 1951
Classification: Acheron class destroyer


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