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How do you Camouflage a big boat?
Not all camouflage is meant to conceal. A striking example would be the bizzare “Dazzle” camouflage used on Allied ships during WWI and WWII.
The Dazzle pattern seems unlikely camouflage, perhaps even drawing attention to the vessel to some degree. However the purpose of the disruptive Dazzle was to prevent the enemy from estimating important details about the ship, like the size and type, as well as it’s heading and speed. In WWI and WWII, naval engagement was done visually so anything to prevent an observer from accuratley targetting a vessel increased the chance of the ship’s survival.