RMS Mauretania in World War I Dazzle Scheme Painting by Tim Malcolm Hughes

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RMS Mauretania in World War I Dazzle Scheme

Tim Malcolm Hughes


Size: 14 W x 11 H x 1 in

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Painting: Acrylic on Cardboard.

Although many ships of the day were dazzle painted with the outbreak of World War One, few pulled it off as spectacularly as RMS Mauretania. The idea of dazzle painting came from the fact that a large ship was impossible to hide on an open horizon. The eye-striking patterns were intended to throw off a submarine commander attempting to calculate a firing solution for an oncoming ship, making it difficult to figure out a ship’s speed and whether it was moving toward you or away from you. While many ships sported black and white fields of parallel lines, Mauretania was unmistakable in the splendor of a two-tone checkerboard pattern that seemed made for a race horse. On this gray day on the North Atlantic, sailors on a nearby destroyer come out to sneak smokes with a petty officer and catch a seldom seen view of Cunard’s four-stack thoroughbred.