HMS Spey K246

HMS Spey (K246) served as a River-class frigate in the Royal Navy from 1942 until 1948, after which she was transferred to the Egyptian Navy. Constructed according to RN specifications as a Group I River-class frigate, Spey was built at Smiths Dock Co., South Bank-on-Tees, commencing on 19 July 1941 and launched on 18 December 1941. Commissioned the following year, she became the second vessel in the Royal Navy to bear the name, honoring the River Spey in Scotland.  

Initially assigned to convoy defence duties under the Western Approaches Command, Spey played a vital role in escorting convoys, notably contributing to the sinking of U-136 on 11 July 1942. Later, she was deployed to the Mediterranean in December 1942 to support convoy operations and the landings in Italy. Returning to the Atlantic, she continued her operations until May 1944 when she underwent a scheduled refit.

After refitting, Spey sailed for Ceylon and by the end of 1944 was involved in convoy defence and supporting operations in Burma. In January 1945, she provided support for landings on the northern shore of Ramree Island. Plans were made for her to support proposed landing operations in Malaya by July 1945.  

In November 1948, Spey was sold to the Egyptian Navy and underwent a refit by Willougby Ltd. She set sail for Egypt in April 1950.

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: 18 - 07 - 1941
Launched: 18 - 12 - 1941
Displacement: 1,370 long tons
Length: 283
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 7,200 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 Admiralty 3 Drum boilers, x2 Shafts
Complement: 107
Fate: Scrapped 1994
Classification: River class frigate


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