HMS Wigtown Bay K616

HMS Wigtown Bay belonged to the Bay-class, serving as an anti-aircraft frigate in the British Royal Navy and taking its name from Wigtown Bay in Galloway.

Initially designated as a Loch-class anti-submarine frigate and ordered from the Harland and Wolff yard in Belfast on 6 March 1943 under the name Loch Garasdale, construction commenced on 24 October 1944.

Due to the urgent need for anti-aircraft escorts in the Far East during construction, the contract was revised, leading to its completion as a Bay-class frigate. The vessel was christened Wigtown Bay upon its launch on 26 April 1945, bearing the pennant number K616.

In April 1957, an offer was extended to sell the ship to Ceylon, though negotiations ultimately fell through.  

Subsequently listed for disposal in 1958, the vessel was eventually sold for scrapping in October 1958. It was towed to the breaker’s yard at Faslane, arriving on 10 April 1959.

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 - 10 - 1944
Launched: 26 - 04 - 1945
Displacement: 1,600 long tons
Length: 286 ft
Speed: 19.5 knots
Range: 9,500 nautical miles
Propulsion: x2 3-drum boilers, x2 shafts 4-cyclinder engines
Complement: 157
Fate: Scrapped 1958
Classification: Bay class anti-aircraft


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