The Easter Egg Fleet

This is the title of my book about U S ship camouflage in the First World War. The name comes from a comment by someone who, upon seeing a convoy of First World War camouflaged ships, is said to have remarked that the colorful assembly looked like a fleet of floating Easter eggs.

The book includes chapters on the history, development, and application of ship camouflage. It has a reference section with the actual patterns designed for American ships, both warships and merchant vessels. Entries are made of the patterns, lists of ships known to have carried the pattern, contemporary photo(s) of a ship in that pattern, and often, a picture of one of my models painted in the pattern. The main criteria for inclusion were locating a contemporary photograph of a ship in camouflage and being able to match the pattern to a known example. I also found textual references to patterns carried. They are also included even when I do not have a photograph.

The book will include over 300 actual camouflage patterns, both port and starboard sides. These patterns were actually used on nearly 600 ships that appear in the indices.

The book will soon be available. Watch for a pre-publication announcement.

About 2 years ago, after the preparation of many items, my wife and I traveled to the US to see family. When we returned I went to my computer to see what had happened during our absence. I also connected my off line hard disc backup. While going through the accumulated e-mails I found one that I thought was from another ship model collector. How wrong I was! It was a virus that encrypted everything on my computer, including my off-line backup. did not pay a ransom. But I was left with an enormous task of recovering missing data. Most of the first draft of the book was completely lost. Now most of the material has been rewritten and I am expecting to actually publish the book this year.  This section was added in Feb 2019.