HMS Pink K137

HMS Pink, a Flower-class corvette, served in the Royal Navy during World War II. Constructed by Henry Robb in Leith in 1941, it was named after the garden pink flower.

In anticipation of war with Nazi Germany in 1939, the Royal Navy recognized the need for more escort ships, especially to safeguard shipping off Britain’s east coast from Kriegsmarine U-boats. Smiths Dock Company proposed a solution: an adaptation of its 700-ton whale catcher, Southern Pride, to serve as small, swiftly producible convoy escorts.

Despite being intended for coastal convoys, their range led them to become crucial for convoy protection in the Mid-Ocean Escort Force during the war’s early stages. The original Flowers had a standard layout, with crew quarters in the forecastle and the galley at the rear, leading to subpar living conditions. Modified versions extended the forecastle past the bridge to improve crew gathering space and ship stability, a design known as the “long forecastle.”

During the Normandy Invasion on June 27, 1944, HMS Pink was on screening duty when an unidentified U-boat torpedoed and crippled it. Towed back to Portsmouth, it was deemed irreparable and scrapped in Llanelly in 1947.

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: 20 -05 - 1941
Launched: 16 - 02 - 1942
Displacement: 925 long tons
Length: 205 ft
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 3,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: x1 4 cycle triple expansion reciprocating steam engine x2, Fire tube boilers x1, Single shaft
Complement: 85
Fate: Scrapped 1947
Classification: Flower class


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