The Amazing History of WWI Dazzle Ships

How the British and US Navies Got Creative in 1917

HMS Pegasus (1917)


Dazzle in Art

In addition to being employed in war and merchant ship design, the Dazzle movement greatly influenced art.  

Edward Wadsworth painted this amazing depiction called Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool in 1919.


Dazzle in WWII

While the data on the effectiveness of Dazzle was unconvincing from WWI, some elements of the concept were used in ships during WWII.  Here are two examples:

USS St. George (1944)

USS Smith (1944)

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