A gCaptain Halloween – Navy Ships in Razzle Dazzle

Some of you may remember a cartoon which appeared during World War I, a drawing showing an inquisitive stranger talking with the gateman at a railway crossing. The gate was painted with the usual black and white stripes, and lying on the river beyond the tracks was a steamer painted with similar markings. The stranger asked, "Why do they paint the stripes on the gate?" And the … [Read more...]

Dutch Navy Discovers Missing German WWI U-boat

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has located the wreck of the World War I German submarine U-106 off the coast of Terschelling in the Netherlands.  The submarine had been missing since October 1917. In October 2009 the RNLN hydrographic survey vessel HNLMS Snellius located an unidentified object while charting shipping lanes. This was followed two months later by an … [Read more...]

Razzle Dazzle Ship Paintings

Our friend Richard Rodriguez pointed us to these paintings as seen on the Dark Roasted Blend blog. We have covered this story recently so if you are asking "Why are these ships painted this way?" visit our previous post HERE. "A Convoy", 1918, by Herbert Barnard John Everett: (image credit: nmm.ac.uk) "Dazzle Ship in Drydock" by Edward Wadsworth, 1919: L. … [Read more...]