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HMS Skye T 163

Skye belonged to the Isles Class Trawler category, distinct from HMS Isle of Skye (formerly PS Isle of Skye).

This class consisted of 197 vessels constructed between 1939 and 1945 across the Isles, Dance, Tree, and Shakespearian classes. They bore resemblance to the Castle-class trawlers from 1916–1918 but were slightly larger, primarily utilized for minesweeping and harbor defense tasks.

Typically armed with one 12-pounder gun (76 mm) and three or four 20 mm Oerlikon AA guns along with 30 depth charges, they offered robust defense capabilities. In the Dance class, a 4-inch AA gun (102 mm) replaced the 12-pounder, and six 20 mm Oerlikon guns were installed in select vessels.

As of 1949, the Royal Navy maintained 31 trawlers and four controlled minelayers of this type in service, while the Royal Canadian Navy operated one controlled minelayer, and the Royal New Zealand Navy had four trawlers.

Additionally, the Italian Navy had 16 vessels, and the Portuguese Navy had six in service. Although most Royal Navy examples were decommissioned in the 1950s, a few persisted into the 1960s. Two postwar acquisitions by the Federal German Navy remained active as training ships until the 1970s, with one, Trave (formerly Dochet), sold to Turkey for further service in 1977.

THE PRINT
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.

STERLING SILVER 925
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: 23 - 07 - 1942
Launched: 17 - 03 - 1942
Displacement: 545 tons
Length: 164 ft
Speed: 12 knots
Range:
Propulsion: Reciprocating engine x1 Shaft
Complement: 40
Fate: Scrapped 1958
Classification: Isles class trawler
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£125

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

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