Another Dazzle Ships work by Edward Wadsworth.
Edward Wadsworth, Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, 1919
Another dazzle print by Wadsworth
The idea behind dazzle camouflage:
At first glance Dazzle seems an unlikely form of camouflage, drawing attention to the ship rather than hiding it, but this technique was developed after the Allied Navies were unable to develop effective means to disguise ships in all weathers.
Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery. Its purpose was confusion rather than concealment. An observer would find it difficult to know exactly whether the stern or the bow is in view; and it would be equally difficult to estimate whether the observed vessel is moving towards or away from the observer’s position.
The original Dazzle Ships by Edward Wadsworth.
Today it’s been 30 years since Dazzle Ships was released
"Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there”
Today we celebrate the legacy of a remarkable author - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Although he left us too soon, his words remain. So visit your local library today and check out your favorite book - whether it’s 100 Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera or The Autumn of the Patriarch - and love the words of the exceptional Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
An enchanting writer.
A boat penguin.
A corkscrew lion.
Come to Mighty Mighty on Saturday 25 January for Charles and Lee’s 50th birthday!
My new series of fucked up tales.
One will make you smaller….
I’ll never be able to think of Alice in quite the same way ever again. Great work, Rachel.