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Take That You Ugly Ship

Thursday 08.30.2012 , Posted by
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“Your ship looked like s#!t, so we painted it,” is the tag line from the Vimeo video showing the process of sprucing up this busted ship. Deemed “The Fun Ship,” this massive vessel has been beached at Llanerch-y-Mor near Mostyn since the summer of 1979.  For those of you, like myself, that do not know where to find Mostyn on a map, it is around the way from Liverpool in the UK (see map below). Liverpool based Empirewise Ltd had big plans for the ship to transform into a 300-room hotel, static leisure center and market, but not much has happened since its arrival in ’79.

In comes Latvian artist KIWIE to paint two pirate-like characters.  The group claiming responsibility for the graffiti calls themselves DuDug, and on their website’s about section, they simply state, “Mystery is at the heart of creativity…That and surprise.” KIWIE also has a quote on the site:

“Graffiti’s like porn, looks nasty feels good.”

Further on their website, they claim to have the real story of the history of the ship…

“A series of top secret government papers have been leaked to a far left wing anti-establishment group. The papers date back to the late 1940s, right through until the mid-1950s, during the height of the Cold War. That story is now finally in the public domain…”

The entire story according to DugDug is here.

Whether you believe the conspiracy theory or just want to stick with the cover story that it was a passenger ferry and cruise ship, one thing is certain, DugDug has taken it on themselves to turn a pile of rusting metal into a giant canvas. The Duke of Lancaster has a facelift for the 21st century.

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Steven Shoppman

Written by Steven Shoppman



Steven Shoppman is a contributor to The Visual News and an avid explorer. In 2009 he received the honor of "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine for his expedition driving two trucks around the world. The expedition was named "The World by Road" He continues to plan new adventures and you can visit his personal website to learn more about him at www.stevenshoppman.com.

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