- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
See Duke of Lancaster
Abandoned ship reimagined as a street art canvas.
This rusting passenger ship has been reimagined as a giant canvas for street artists from around the world.
Started in fall of 2012 by the DuDug Collective, their name a play on “Black Duke” in Welsh, the project to bring international street artists to paint over the hull and sometimes the interior of the ship is only one stage of the Duke of Lancaster’s story of rebirths. The Duke of Lancaster was originally a passenger ferry launched in 1956, then left in its current dry dock in the Dee Estuary in northern Wales where it became a nightclub called the Funship in the 1980s.
The second phase of the street artists’ collaboration with the worn surface of the massive ship (all done with permission from the ship owners) started in March 2013, and there are plans to open the whole interior as a giant art gallery.