HMS Poppy K213

HMS Poppy (K213) was a Flower class Corvette capable of 4,600 miles at 12 knots and was launched on the 20th November 1941 and commissioned on the 12th of May the following year.

During the war she escorted an impressive 51 convoys. Initially attached to The Atlantic convoys but then many to Archangel on The Russian convoys where often the weather and ice were more dangerous than the Germans. She was on convoy when The Battle of North Cape took place in which The German Battleship Scharnhorst was sunk. On one trip while at Archangel the crew of Poppy were playing football against HMS Milne while a dog fight went on overhead between the German and Russian fighters. Two planes plunged to earth in flames close by; the captains of both ships paused the game to confer and said, “Sod them we play on”. HMS Poppy won to the astonishment of the much larger crew of The Milne although The Poppy crew didn’t mention they had two professional footballers in their crew.

The arctic convoys were suspended most years between approximately March and the autumn and Poppy would be moved to The Mediterranean where they would take part in convoys to Malta and Alexandra. Towards the end of the war and with anti-aircraft guns added she took part in Operation Overlord, the D Day landings. She was sold in 1946 into the mercantile and re-named Rami. She ended her life in 1955 when she was hulked.

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: 06 - 03 - 1941
Launched: 20 - 11 - 1941
Displacement: 925 long tons
Length: 205 ft
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 3,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: x1 Double acting triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, x1 Shaft
Complement: 85
Fate: Scrapped 1956
Classification: Flower class


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