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.

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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.

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