Dazzle Ferry

Prepare to be dazzled as the Mersey Ferry becomes the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK!

One of our most colourful attractions is our stunning Dazzle Ferry! You can join us on board for a 50 minute River Explorer Cruise to see our ferry Snowdrop’s colourful design, created by Sir Peter Blake as part of the First World War commemorations. Please check the Dazzle Ferry calendar for sailing dates.

The eye-catching dazzle design is in honour of the patterns that were first used on vessels in World War One. They worked by ‘baffling the eye’ and making the ships difficult to target. Each ship’s pattern used unique colour and monochrome designs – to avoid making classes of vessels recognisable to enemy U-boats and aircraft.

The Dazzle Ferry called ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ is the only operating dazzle ship in the UK and the design has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, 14–18 NOW the First World War Centenary Art Commissions, and Tate Liverpool in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool. Supported by Arts Council England, National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Department for Culture Media and Sport.

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Taking a River Explorer Cruise aboard Snowdrop the Dazzle Ferry is the best way to appreciate it in all its glory whilst learning more about dazzle history through the on board exhibition panels. The 50 minute cruise also offers the best way to see Liverpool’s world class waterfront whilst listening to onboard commentary about the river, city and its surrounds. The River Explorer Cruise departs on the hour from Liverpool Pier Head terminal and calls at both Seacombe and Woodside Ferry Terminal, check sailing times here. Break your journey at any one of the terminals and combine your River Explorer Cruise with a visit to our waterfront attractions; Spaceport at Seacombe, U-boat Story at Woodside and the Beatles Story at the Pier Head. A River Explorer Cruise ticket now includes free entry to U-boat Story too– a restored German World War Two submarine.

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Have you seen the new Dazzle It app? Inspired by 20th century artists who painted British vessels in dazzle camouflage to confuse enemy U-boats, Dazzle It allows you to, for the first time ever, remix work by contemporary artists including the Godfather of Pop Art Sir Peter Blake, create a unique dazzle and apply it to a 3D model, and learn about how dazzle camouflage helped vessels in the First World War. The app uses cutting edge marker-less augmented reality software but at the same time is user friendly and anyone can use it to create their own unique dazzle artworks.

Download the app for I-Phone here / Download the app for Android here