A talk by Glyn Evans.
By 1917 it had become clear that Britain might lose the war through a lack of shipping, as her ship-building and repair programme was failing to keep up with the mounting losses caused by German submarines. Several attempts at camouflaging ships failed to stop the ravages on the British Merchant Navy. Then Lt. Normal Wilkinson put forward his proposal to ‘paint the ships with large patches of bold colour in a carefully thought out pattern and colour scheme, which will so distort the form of the vessel that the chances of successful aim by attacking submarines will be greatly decreased’.
This colourful talk discusses the Dazzle-Paint Scheme and the question that hung over its efficacy.
Brought up in the ship-building town of Birkenhead near the port of Liverpool, and a keen Sea Scout in his youth, Glyn Evans spent over 40 years in the marine insurance industry. He is now a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the author of 2 books on naval subjects – The Maritime Art of Kenneth D Shoesmith and the Dazzle Painted Ships of World War I.
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