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The Dazzling Disfigurement of The Edmund Gardner

Photographs  Peter Challis 2014 & John H. Luxton - Comments by John H. Luxton

Early in 2014 it was announced that as part of the commemoration of the start of the First World War and to coincide with the Liverpool Biennial Art's Festival the preserved Pilot Vessel EDMUND GARDNER would be repainted in a dazzle paint scheme which was applied to some merchant ships as camouflage during the conflict.

However, it appears that the actual scheme applied to this historic vessel is only "inspired" by the dazzle paint applied during the First World War and is not in any way an accurate resemblance. Googling WWI dazzle paint will quickly reveal what a dazzle paint scheme of the period should look like. It is really amazing that a museum could allow an historic vessel to be disfigured in such a way in particular one which had no connection with the First World War anyway.

It is understood that the dazzling disfigurement will be removed and the shop returned to her former glory at the conclusion of theLiverpool Biennial Arts Festival. 


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