Details about SS Canberra Falklands War Multi-Signed Limited Edition Print Mint, Never FramedSee original listing
18 Mar, 2014 04:57:03 GMT
Sutton, United Kingdom
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Royal Navy Royal Marines Merchant Navy
Great Britain / Falkland Islands
Falklands War (1982)
"The Great White Whale"
The first members of the Task Force disembarking at the Falkland Islands
21 May 1982
Multi-signed Limited Edition Print
Very rare only 600 were ever issued, 30 years ago!
This example is in mint condition - never mounted or framed. It has been safely archived in a museum for 30 years. See below for details...
Size (Print): 24 x 34 inches (62 x 88 cm)
Size (Image): 16 x 26 inches (41 x 67cm)
Individually hand signed in pencil (not typed or printed) but
original signatures written by:
Major General Sir Jeremy Moore, KCB, OBE, MC (1928 – 2007)
(Commanding Officer, Falklands Campaign, Land Forces)
[It was General Moore who officially received the Argentine surrender on 14th June 1982]
Captain Dennis Scott-Masson RN, CBE, RD, ADC (1929 - 2010)
(Captain of SS Canberra)
Colour Sergeant Barrie ‘Kiwi’ Sherrin, RM
(LCU Tango 4 landing craft Commander)
Ronald H. Dean, Member of Royal Society of Marine Artists
This print features the landing of the first of the Task Force Units (3 Commando Brigade) at the Falkland Islands on 21 st May 1982. As a luxury liner, SS Canberra has been pressed into service, at short notice, to transport 2,000 British troops to the South Atlantic [in unexpected comfort]. She is pictured here at San Carlos Water, with two of the four LCUs (landing craft) around her, ferrying troops to the beach.
She acquired the nickname of ‘the Great White Whale’, standing out as she did from the sea and barren coastline. As has been said a number of times since the Falklands War, ‘how the Argentine Air Force managed to miss such an obvious target is one of history’s great unanswered questions’. [Two Argentine Pucara aircraft are seen in the extreme left background, being intercepted by Royal Navy units].
As it was, this successful disembarkation to East Falkland of the first 2,000 British troops (from the Royal Marines) on this day in May, 1982, created a bridgehead, upon which the successful recapture of the Falkland Islands was made possible. A description of the events is to be found here, under the code name 'Operation Sutton':
This print is dated 1984. It has never been mounted or framed and remains rolled, in its original tube (hence also its light weight and inexpensive postage). I briefly removed it, merely to check the condition and all the signatures for this listing. I t has retained all of its vibrant colour and impact and would look absolutely wonderful mounted, in a frame.
In 1984, 30 years ago, there were only ever 600 of these prints produced and according to auction records, just one or two have turned up at a high street auctioneers, in recent years. One or two used examples have also appeared on eBay, but regrettably, usually damaged with an unnatural blue cast due to bleaching by sunlight. Recently, the last few unsold copies, in pristine condition, were rediscovered in the archives of the Royal Marines Museum - untouched since 1984! This is one of those last few prints and once all are sold, they will all be sold and gone forever!
There cannot be too many around in reasonable condition, let alone in anything approaching mint condition. Additionally, since Major General Moore and Captain Masson has passed on in recent years, there is absolutely no chance of any more of these pieces of British history ever being produced. This is a rare (and almost certainly the last) chance to purchase one of these 1984 prints in original, mint condition.
With 2014 being the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines, this print makes an ideal gift!
The print will be rolled and secured in a tube and despatched via Royal Mail Special Delivery at the cost price of £6.95 If desired, and if the purchaser is willing to pay by cash on collection, the print can be collected from my London office (near Trafalgar Square) or my home in Sutton, Surrey - whichever is easier for you. [Please note, as per Paypal/eBay instructions, Paypal payments are inappropriate for collected items].
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