This original wood artwork is HMS Antelope, a Type 21 general-purpose frigate of the Royal Navy.
Aprox 150 x 70mm and 100mm deep.
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I have drawn this pyrograph on a section of Yew log, cut horizontally. It depicts HMS Antelope and is drawn from a pre-1982 photograph taken shortly after leaving her ships company. I joined HMS Avenger in 1981 from HMS Antelope, another Type 21 frigate based in Devonport. Antelope served with distinction (as did so many others) during the short but vicious Falklands Conflict in 1982. She suffered fatal damage from two aircraft-launched bombs which initially failed to explode. During an attempt to defuse it, one of the bombs detonated, causing major structural damage and several uncontrollable fires. HMS Antelope remains at the bottom of San Carlos Water, Falkland, a designated war-grave.
Designed as a "general purpose" frigate, the Type 21 carried Exocet anti-ship missiles (though Antelope was the only ship in the class that didn't) as well as sea-cat anti-aircraft weapons and a Westland Lynx helicopter as an anti-submarine asset. They were powered by Rolls Royce Tyne and Olympus gas turbines with a top speed of around 37 knots - so fast that the Captain of another Type 21, HMS Ambuscade, was able to water-ski behind her!
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