HMS Sapphire

HMS Sapphire, a vessel of the Topaze-class protected cruisers, was constructed for the Royal Navy in the early 1900s. Classified as third-class cruisers, these ships boasted dimensions of 360 feet  in length between perpendiculars, a beam of 40 feet, and a draught of 16 feet. Their displacement reached 3,000 long tons, accommodating a crew of 313 officers and other ranks.

Commissioned on 2 July 1914 at Chatham Dock, Kent, HMS Sapphire embarked on her maiden voyage through Kethole Reach in the estuary of the Medway. Departing from Sheerness Docks, Kent, on 16 July, she made her way to Spithead, Hampshire, participating in the Royal Fleet Review on 20 July.  

Equipped with a primary armament of twelve quick-firing 4-inch guns, the Topaze class featured one gun each on the forecastle and quarterdeck, with the remaining ten distributed port and starboard amidships. Additionally, they carried eight QF 3-pounder Hotchkiss guns and two above-water 18-inch torpedo tubes. The protective deck armor ranged from .75 to 2 inches in thickness, supplemented by 1-inch gun shields for the main guns and a 3-inch thick armored conning tower.

HMS Sapphire concluded her service upon being sold to TW Ward Ltd for scrapping at Grays, Essex, on 9 May 1921.

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: 00 - 01 - 1903
Launched: 17 - 03 - 1904
Displacement: 3,000 long tons
Length: 360 ft
Speed: 21 knots
Range: 7,000 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Shafts, x2 Triple expansion steam engines
Complement: 318
Fate: Scrapped 1921
Classification: Topaze class


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