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February 28, 2013

“The Black Duke” Graffiti Project

by Tyler Durden

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Once a first class car ferry vessel and occasional luxury cruise liner, The Duke Of Lancaster was considered one of the finest ships afloat at the time. However, on August 10th, 1979, The Duke was beached in Llanerch-y-Mor in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex called The Funship. And that was where it stayed. Due to ongoing feuds with the local council, the project never went ahead and the The Duke Of Lancaster remained on the Northern Wales beach for over 30 years, rotting like a giant steel whale’s carcass. Until…

Over the past few months, guerrilla street art collective Dudug have made the abandoned ship their latest graffiti project entitled The Black Duke. Dudug plan to, over time, completely cover the ship in huge large-scale murals with the aim of turning it back into something the public can enjoy and creating awareness of the Duke’s historical significance.

Currently there’s eight murals up by artists including Lora Zombie, Fat HeatFin DAC and Latvian street artist KIWIE who, along with a some of the other artists, documented the creation of their pieces.

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