During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship's speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs. Illustrator Victo Ngai vividly bring to life this little-known story. Read more...
Learn more about the real Dazzle Ships
The British Camouflage their Warships
Role of Artist in Ship Camouflage during WWI.
Art at War: Dazzle Camouflage
Beauty and the Battleship
Application Spotlight: Dazzle Me
How an Artist helped Britain Fight the War at Sea
Dazzle Painting of Ships
Create your own "Dazzle Ship"
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. 2:30 - 3:30 PM
As part of Westport reads , families are invited to design their own Dazzle Ship to take home. Learn about this extraordinary and little-known military tactic. Register online.
Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton is one of the companion books chosen for WestportREADS 2018 and is a picture book of the dazzling way that British and American ships were painted in WWI to decive the German U-boat crews. Reserve a copy of Dazzle Ships.
Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List books The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (2016-17) and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (2017-18). His new books in 2017 include Book or Bell? and Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. He visits schools by the score and also loves speaking to professional gatherings of librarians, educators, and his fellow writers. Chris and his wife, novelist Jennifer Ziegler (Revenge of the Flower Girls, How Not to Be Popular), live in Austin, Texas, with their family. Learn more...
An Interview with Chris Barton