Bow wave gave impression of speed

Painted on to cause confusion here we see the M class monitor M29 (later Medusa) with false bow wave to give the impression of speed.
Painted on to cause confusion here we see the M class monitor M29 (later Medusa) with false bow wave to give the impression of speed.
Hampshire's Jimmy Gray and Roy Marshall walk out to open the batting at Burnaby Road in a 1950s match

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We have all seen Royal Naval ships painted with dazzle-painting camouflage to disrupt the silhouette of a ship, but has anyone ever seen the like of this before?

It is a photo of HM Monitor M29 later re-named Medusa of which there were four of the class built for the First World War emergency war programme.

They were originally armed with a 9.2in gun taken off the old Hawke-class cruisers. These were later changed to two six-inch guns, surplus from the Queen Elizabeth-class battleships.

With a speed of just 12 knots they had a false bow wave painted on the hull to give an impression of speed. She was sold in 1946.

I have never seen this type of camouflage before so perhaps it didn’t work and was never used on other ships.