A Marriage of Inconvenience - HMS K22
Artist: MICHAEL J ROCK
Subject: HMS K22, 1919
Original painting is done using acrylics measuring approx 27.5" x 10.5"
A limited number of prints (50) now available

The story behind the painting...

This K-Class submarine was originally built as K13 but, living up to the reputation of her unlucky number, she sank during her last day of trials in January 1917 taking 31 men with her.  Two months later she was salvaged, rebuilt and rechristened K22.

One year later K22, now part of the 13th Flotilla, was carrying out night exercises off the Firth of Forth together with 5 battle cruisers, 3 battleships, many light cruisers and destroyers, and 9 other K Class boats, when K14's helm stuck fast and she collided with K22.  Both boats were severely damaged.  Battle cruiser HMS Inflexible then added to the pile up by crashing heavily into K22's starboard side.  Although badly injured K22 did survive. That same night K4 and K17 were accidentally sunk and 4 other K Class subs were also damaged!  Consequently the K boats were retired at the end of WW1.  K22 was finally scrapped in 1926.



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