Bedazzled War Ships

A 1918 photograph of the SS Kralingen. The ship was   camouflaged in whites, blues, greys and black, making it a dazzel ship. The aim of the camouflage was not to make the ship hard to find, but to make it harder for enemies to accurately target its most vulnerable sections. By the end of WWII radar made dazzle largely ineffective. The SS Kralingen was painted by the Erie Basin Co. July, 1918.

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Original caption: Photograph Of S. S. Kralingen.

Original caption: Photograph Of S. S. Kralingen.

Original caption: Photograph Of S. S. Kralingen. Date: - Sept. 28 1918. Nationality: - American. Tonnage: - 1378. Captain: - H. A. Smith. Owners: - U. S. Shipping-Board. Where From: - Santiago, Cuba. Destination: - New York. Where Photographed: - Charleston, S. C. Sixth Naval District. By Whom Photographed: - J. B. Dearborn. Date: - Sept. 3rd., 1918. Where Camouflaged: - New York. Date: - July 1918. By Whom Camouflaged: - Erie Basin Co. Type Of Ship: - Well-Deck. Length: -237 ft., Beam: -36 ft., Draft: -16 ft. 6 inches. Color Numbers: - Black; White; Grey-White; #3. Blue; & Blue-Grey. Two Masts: - Foreward Grey-White; Aftmast Blue-Grey. One Smokestack: - White & Blue -#3. No Guns; No Otters. The Most Distinguishing Feature Is The Unusually High Bridge. View File Details Page

Date:

1918

Sources:

  • SS Kralingen
    Photograph by J. B. Dearborn, 1918
    National Archives
    https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6925148

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