Photographer's Note

Dazzle camouflage was used extensively during the First World War as a means of making it difficult to the enemy to target ships accurately. The idea was not to hide the ships, but to paint them in such a way that their appearance was optically distorted, so that it was difficult for a submarine to know from what angle to attack. Over 2000 ships were painted in this way, although there was no real proof during WW1 that dazzle helped ships to avoid U-boat attacks.

This design painted on ex US Army tugboat Elektra was deviced by Jersey artist Ian Rolls in 2015, and is part of Jersey´s official commemorations of the centerary of the First World War.

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3779 W: 59 N: 5042] (31009)
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