Saturday, 12 September 2015

Razzle Dazzle: camouflage; a bit of history and a river.

Slightly off topic but Ihope interesting none the less.

My cousin came up for a couple of days. Now you tend to take your home city for granted, but yesterday I did a bit of a tourist thing and took the Mersey River Cruise.

Well we got the 'dazzle' ferry Snowdrop.

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was ship and tank camouflage used extensively in World War 1. Designed by Norman Wilkinson 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 concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading. Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing.
The ferries themselves are steeped in military history. For instance:  During WW1 the steamers Iris and Daffodil were taken out of service from Wallasey to be used as troop ships in the navel raid on Zeebrugge in Belgium. Because of their work King George V allowed the vessels to use the word "Royal" in their name. They needed extensive refitting before they could resume peacetime activities.
Just a few shots of the famous waterfront.
Port of Liverpool Building

Liver Building

Wallasey Town Hall

Anglican Cathedral
Well a bit unusual, I do hope that you enjoyed our brief tour. Stay safe out there and thanks for popping by.