Due to popular demand the Dazzle Ferry ‘Snowdrop’ will continue to sail on the River Mersey until the launch of the new Mersey Ferry.
The Royal Iris of the Mersey will operate on River Explorer Cruises from Saturday 26 January until mid-March. The Dazzle Ferry will return after its annual service in mid- March.
One of our most colourful attractions is our stunning Dazzle Ferry, created by Sir Peter Blake, as part of the First World War commemorations. Find out when the Dazzle Ferry is on the River Mersey.
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.
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. We operate two vessels, the Dazzle Ferry and Royal Iris in traditional colours, either one of these ferries will be operating the River Explorer Cruise.
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