Mersey Ferry boat, Snowdrop painted with Dazzle camouflage

Frank  Irwin

Wirral,, United Kingdom

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The Mersey Ferry “Dazzle ship” Snowdrop sailing on the river Mersey. Liverpool Biennial, 14-18: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool. This is now operational and can be seen here sailing past the Iconic Liverpool Liver Buildings.
Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other. Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works not by offering concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed and heading.

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