Liverpool: Dazzle Ships

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Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Peter Blake (otherwise the Mersey ferry Snowdrop)

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Dazzle Ship by Carlos Cruz-Diez

Dazzle painting played a vital role in the protection of British naval and trade vessels during The First World War when it was introduced in late 1914 as a system for camouflaging ships. This dazzle camouflage was employed to optically distort the appearance of British ships in order to confuse the German submarines who were threatening to cut off Britain’s trade and supplies. The optical illusion imposed by the ‘dazzling’ was intended to make the direction the ship was travelling in difficult for enemy submarines to identify. This would in turn lead to a difficulty in calculating an accurate angle of attack.

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Liverpool: Dazzle Ships

4 thoughts on “Liverpool: Dazzle Ships

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Now that you mention it, I think that Peter Blake may have based his design on a pair of trousers which I owned, and wore with pride, in the 70s!

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