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The 2 Kil Class Gunboats pictured in my post No.4 are apparently painted in what is known as " Dazzle-painting ".
From the beginning of WW1 schemes had been submitted to the Admiralty for camouflaging ships so that that they would appear invisible to their enemies at sea. From the bridge or lookout of another ship the camouflage seemed effective. But the U-Boat commander, scanning the sea for a victim, was not deceived. Through his periscope a ship stood out clearly, silhouetted against the sky. In any case the hydrophone nullified any attempt by the surface vessel to remain unseen and undetected. It was an artist, Norman Wilkinson, who turned the idea on its head by proposing that ships should be made conspicuous to the point of confusion. Wilkinson suggested that ships could be painted in such a way as to produce an optical illusion and mislead an ememy submarine as to the course, speed and size of its quarry and as to the correct position to take up for the attack. The new system of ship camouflage became known as dazzle-painting.
In the bottom of the two photographs above of Kil Class Gunboats, the lower, HMS Kildangan, both ends of the a single-funneled gunboat are made to look alike and a dummy bridge was constructed aft, making a plot of its course most difficult for an attacking U-Boat. Dazzle-painting added to the confusion.
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:09 pm
There is a record of a Stoker First Class, a James H. Allen K29689, who died while serving on the Kildorrey on Friday, December 6, 1918 of the influenza.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:55 pm
great pics must take you ages to find them